Taco Truck Lunches

Taco Truck Lunches

Make lunch a fiesta by turning tonight’s leftovers into tomorrow’s tacos.


Put a whole new spin on a brown-bag lunch by using what you have in the fridge to make one tasty meal. With a simple make-your-own taco-seasoning recipe, you can easily flavour meat from tonight’s dinner and add a variety of toppings on a tortilla.

With both adult and kid-friendly options for all the ideas, who needs a restaurant that serves everyone’s favourite tacos when you can make your own?

Taco Seasoning Recipe
Start with our easy taco seasoning, and add it to the meat of your choosing! The seasoning will store for up to six weeks in an airtight container, so you can make multiple batches.

Ingredients
(Makes about 175 milliliters or 3/4 cup)
50 milliliters (1/4 cup) chilli powder
50 milliliters (1/4 cup) salt
45 milliliters (3 tablespoons) ground cumin
15 milliliters (1 tablespoon) paprika (use smoked paprika for deeper flavour)
15 milliliters (1 tablespoon) cornstarch
10 milliliters (2 teaspoons) ground coriander
2 milliliters (1/2 teaspoon) cayenne pepper
Meat, fish or beans

Directions

  1. Whisk together all ingredients and transfer to an airtight container.
  2. Add 30 milliliters (2 tablespoons — or to taste) of taco seasoning and 30-45 milliliters (2-3 tablespoons) water per 455 grams (1 pound) of meat, fish or beans.
  3. Stir to combine; simmer 5 minutes.

Taco Lunch Inspiration
Now comes the fun part. Use your seasoned leftovers and try some of these delicious combinations, which include adult and kid-friendly options.

1. Chicken

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  • Adult Option: Combine mashed black beans, shredded grilled chicken, grilled red pepper slices, diced tomatoes, pickled jalapeño slices, sliced green onions, salsa and sour cream on a flour tortilla.
  • Kid-friendly Option: Season ground chicken and spoon it into a crunchy taco shell. Top it with a dollop of cheese sauce, shredded lettuce and salsa.

2. Pork

  • Adult Option: Lay pork on a warm tortilla and top with grilled pineapple slices, diced red onion, cilantro leaves and canned chipotles in adobo sauce (usually found in the same aisle as salsas) mixed with sour cream.
  • Kid-friendly Option: Line a tortilla with sliced pork, and top with shredded pepper jack and cheddar cheese, diced avocado, and orange sections.

3. Beans

  • Adult Option: Mix leftover white rice and black beans with chopped green chilli peppers and taco seasoning. Top with greens, salsa, shredded pepper jack cheese and a squeeze of lime in a flour tortilla.
  • Kid-friendly Option: Heap refried beans mixed with a pinch of taco seasoning onto a crunchy taco shell and top with guacamole, shredded cheddar, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, salsa, sour cream and sliced olives.

4. Fish

  • Adult Option: Use leftover mahi-mahi, tilapia or any favourite fish and top with shredded Napa cabbage, tomatillo salsa, sliced avocado, minced fresh cilantro and lime juice in a warm flour tortilla.
  • Kid-friendly Option: Stack a couple breaded fish sticks in a flour tortilla or a crunchy taco shell. Top with shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream seasoned with a pinch of taco seasoning and a squeeze of lime.

Tip: Eat tacos on the go! Season the meat the night before and build the ingredients in a portable container, and refrigerate overnight. Put tortillas in a plastic bag. In the morning, pack it all, with a spoon, in an insulated lunch box. You’ll have a portable taco truck at your desk or in your child’s lunchroom!

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