If you know me at all, you’ll know that I am a BIG taco freak.  Tacos have been a staple in my life since I first started eating them as a child. They were cheap, quick to get on the table and easy enough for us to make ourselves – so a clear family win-win kinda meal.  If you are a small business owner like me – this is a staple to put on your batch cooking list. So easy to whip out when you’re knee deep in a product launch.

The History of Trisha’s Tacos

I have tacos to celebrate every major holiday in my life, or as many as my family will allow.  It’s been well over 25 years of never missing tacos for my birthday. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS.  I’m obsessed. I’ll have to dig out the picture of me blowing out the candles stuffed inside tacos for my 35th.  What a hoot!  We also had tacos for:

  • My daughter’s baby shower
  • My friend’s baby shower
  • As our Christmas dinner

In college, my best friend and I would have tacos at least 3 times a week. We experimented with all sorts of toppings and came up with some pretty crazy creations – black olives were to die for, smothered in sour cream. Delish! One of our most prized memories at The Ohio State University (GO BUCKEYES!) was Texas Straw Hat. I think the more popular name for it nowadays is a “walking taco” with Fritos as the base and then heaped with lettuce, meat and cheese.

Recently, I’ve created a “Taco Tuesday, Girls Night Out Dinner” club and we’re starting to frequent as many local taco joints in Columbus as possible.  I have 42 on my list so we should pretty much have covered the city in just under 4 years.

Fast forward, I’ve cleaned up my diet quite a bit and wanted to share some of the amazing toppings that I experiment with.  Note: there are 2 secret ingredients in my tacos: lime & chopped pickles.  Guys – you HAVE to try these. I had never had lime on my tacos before my honeymoon.  We had our first ever fish tacos back then (2005) and they squeezed lime all over the top of them instead of adding sour cream. To.Die.For.

Without further adieux, my top clean taco toppings that are perfect for those trying to avoid the more traditional inflammatory toppings like cheese and sour cream.

Clean Taco Toppings

  • Shredded purple cabbage
  • Cilantro
  • Chopped onions
  • Chopped pickles
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Cucumbers
  • Avocados
  • Chili Verde salsa

If you are a bean lover, black and pinto beans are amazing atop tacos. I’m highly sensitive to both (loads of bloating and swelling) so I have to avoid them which is why they don’t make the cut for my list.  I also avoid corn – another food sensitivity for me…and the fact that a large majority of corn is GMO…another topic for another day.

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