Family Meal Success: Make Your Own Tacos

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The concept of "make your own" is a great strategy for family meals. It allows everyone to make their own version of what the family is eating. And it puts a focus on making and eating together!

From the cook's perspective, doing a "make your own" meal encourages meal prep and "planned leftovers." The leftover ingredients can go into lunches and meals the next day. Look what you can do with a few taco ingredients:

Make Your Own Taco - Family Meal Night Idea

Arrange a few favorite healthy ingredients in bowls in the center of the table. Watch the creations and conversations begin.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Course: Family Meal
Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern
Keyword: budget, family, make your own
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 312kcal
Author: Judy Doherty


  • 8 ounces chicken breasts 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces tilapia fish
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 15 ounces pinto beans (1 can) drained and heated
  • 2 each avocadoes pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 each lime cut in wedges
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups sliced cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon Ranch dressing
  • 12 each corn tortillas heated


  • Season the fish and chicken with garlic, paprika and a little Italian seasoning. Bake the fish and chicken in a 375 degree (F) oven until done.
  • Heat the beans and get all of the other ingredients ready. Place each ingredient in a small bowl. Place all of the bowls on a tray or platter. Heat the tortillas and place them in a basket. Place the cheese on a plate iwth a grater or grate it ahead of time whichever you prefer.
  • Toss the sliced cabbage with the ranch dressing and place in a bowl. Cut the limes in wedges and arrange them with the fish and chicken.
  • Serve family style and allow everyone to make their own tacos.


You can also add rice or lean beef to this recipe. 


Serving: 3tacos | Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 2011mg | Potassium: 911mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 215mg | Iron: 3mg
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