7 Surprising Ways to Instantly Upgrade Your Tacos

By F&W Editors Posted April 19, 2016

You can do better than canned olives and shredded cheese.

The next time you’re whipping up a Taco Tuesday spread, think outside the crunchy shell. Go beyond your basic ground beef, shredded cheese, lettuce and salsa with these delicious ideas for taco toppings:

1. Kale

Food & Wine: Kale Black Bean and Red Chile Tacos with Queso Fresco

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Tender, earthy kale is delicious in meaty tacos like Alex Stupak's green chorizo recipe or as the hearty base for vegetarian tacos like these ones stuffed with black beans and queso fresco.

2. Celery

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Crunchy, refreshing celery is the perfect addition to seafood tacos like these ones filled with shrimp.

3. Beef Jerky

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Don’t knock it until you try it! Chewy beef jerky is a fun taco filling, especially when it’s paired with other gas station-ready ingredients like the American cheese, pork rinds and sliced ham in Roy Choi’s unorthodox tacos.

4. Mango

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Sweet, fresh mango gives tacos like these fish-filled ones a bright, fruity punch.

Related: Tacos al Pastor Recipe

5. Falafel

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Middle East-meets-Mexican when you fill tacos with crispy falafel. Try it in this recipe.

6. Brussels Sprouts

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Try topping vegetarian tacos with a crunchy, refreshing brussels sprouts slaw.

7. Ceviche

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Related: Classic Ceviche Recipe

For extra-fresh fish tacos, don’t light the grill. Instead, fill tacos with citrusy, marinated ceviche. This recipe calls for striped bass or any other kind of firm white fish.

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