Here’s a heart-healthy and tasty taco recipe that is mostly plant-based and loaded with flavors:

Ingredients for Heart-Healthy Tacos

  • For the Taco Filling:
    • 1 cup quinoa (as a protein-packed base)
    • 2 cups vegetable broth (for cooking quinoa)
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 bell pepper, diced
    • 1 zucchini, diced
    • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
    • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to taste)
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Fresh lime juice (for zest)
  • For the Taco Toppings:
    • Whole wheat or corn tortillas
    • Diced tomatoes
    • Sliced avocado or guacamole
    • Chopped lettuce or cabbage
    • Fresh cilantro, chopped
    • Salsa or pico de gallo
    • Lime wedges (for serving)


  1. Cook the Quinoa:
    • Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove its natural coating, which can taste bitter.
    • Bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a pot, add the quinoa, and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the broth is absorbed.
  2. Prepare the Vegetables:
    • While the quinoa is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    • Add the diced onion and garlic and cook until they begin to soften.
    • Add the bell pepper and zucchini to the skillet and cook until they are tender.
    • Stir in the corn, black beans, and spices. Cook for another 5 minutes until everything is heated through.
  3. Assemble the Tacos:
    • Warm the tortillas in a dry skillet or in the microwave.
    • Spoon the quinoa-vegetable mixture into the center of each tortilla.
    • Top with diced tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
  4. Serve:
    • Offer salsa or pico de gallo on the side for added flavor.
    • Serve with lime wedges to add extra zest to each taco.

Enjoy your heart-healthy tacos with a side of your choice, such as a fresh salad or fruit, to keep it balanced and nutritious. This recipe is adaptable to whatever vegetables you have on hand, so feel free to get creative with the fillings!

Ray Calabrese

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