Whether you are looking to garnish your protein option or make veggies the main event, there are tons of options for adding some healthy choices to your taco — especially at Guac Shop, where we make healthy Mexican food our focus. At our Mexican restaurant in Garden City, you have tons of options to customize your taco or burrito, and we know that having that many options can make it hard to decide. We want to make it easier in our guide on taco fillings! Read on to learn more about our veggie options and their perfect pairings, and start your Guac Shop order online today!
Pinto or Black Beans
Beans are a classic choice for almost any kind of Mexican cuisine, whether you’re building a taco, a burrito bowl, or a salad. If you are looking for a vegetarian or vegan option, then beans are the way to go! Combine them with brown or white rice and you’ve got a complete protein.
How do you choose between the two? Keep in mind that pinto beans have slightly more calories and fat per serving than black beans, so if you’re looking for the healthiest of the healthy options, you may want to choose black beans. You do have the option of loading up on both, though!
Add a combination of your favorite vegetables in one scoop with our fajita veggies. Traditionally including onions and a variety of bell peppers, this option gives you the chance to add flavor and important nutrients without downsides like a lot of calories or fat. For example, red peppers can be the key to hitting your recommended daily dose of vitamin C, and they are packed with antioxidants.
Corn has been a staple in Mexican cuisine for thousands of years, from tortillas to new delicious treats like elotes, sometimes called Mexican street corn. It also has great health benefits, like fiber to help you feel fuller for longer and avoid overeating, as well as vitamins like iron, potassium, and more. Add it to your taco for a pop of slightly sweet flavor!
Mexi Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are becoming a trend in healthy food, and it’s not hard to see why. They are bright and beautiful and have a lot of nutritional value! They are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. One of its best benefits is an antioxidant called beta-carotene, which is often what qualifies sweet potatoes as a superfood. Spice up your taco with our flavorful blend today.
Cabbage is a more traditional topping for your taco than lettuce, but we didn’t want to settle for ordinary greens. At Guac Shop, we created our custom Mexi Slaw to add some freshness to your taco combination. It’s a perfect counterbalance to heavier protein options like pork carnitas or beef barbacoa!
Diced tomato is a more recent addition to the menu of common taco toppings. As we mentioned in a previous blog on the history of tacos, it became popular as Mexican tacos adapted to the ingredients readily available in the U.S. Whether you want to add this vegetable (or fruit, if you want to get technical) to your taco plain or in our mild pico de gallo, Guac Shop has you covered.
Red onion is a great way to add some bite, flavor, and color to your taco! They are a relatively mild onion, which is why they are a delicious option raw. We mix up other onion varieties in toppings like our fajita veggies or pico de gallo, but if you truly want that pop of fresh onion, you’ll want to choose red.
Chickpeas may not be a very traditional option when it comes to tacos, but they are packed with nutrients. For the vegetarians and vegans out there, the chickpea is about to be your best friend. It goes great with Guac Shop’s variety of rice, veggies, salsas, and sauces, and it offers a lot of protein without a lot of calories.
Are you looking to spice it up? Choose the champion of Mexican food: the jalapeño. This bright, fresh pepper can take any dish from bland to bombshell, and it can be your secret weapon in eating healthy. Studies show that capsaicin, the element that makes jalapeños and other peppers spicy, can help rev up your metabolism and control your appetite. You can always balance out its bite with other toppings like sour cream!
Lettuce or Spinach
Go green with Romaine lettuce, baby spinach, or both on your next taco! Shredded lettuce is low on calories and great for balancing out heavy protein options like barbacoa. Spinach brings the added benefit of high levels of nutrients like iron, calcium, and potassium. For our plant-loving friends, spinach can be a great way to keep your iron levels healthy without the red meat!
Veggies are an important part of building the perfect taco, and at Guac Shop in Garden City, we offer you tons of options to balance out your protein pick or build it from the ground up! Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or lover of veggies and meat alike, we hope you’re ready to order some healthy Mexican food. Start your order online to make it easier than ever, and don’t forget to check back with our blog for more information on all our other delicious toppings, including salsa and homemade sauces.