Taco filling is typically made with ground meat — but it doesn't have to be. For this recipe, we combine the convenience of frozen shrimp with the usual taco seasonings: chili powder, cumin, garlic, and salsa. Then we add in some unlikely ingredients: black beans and crushed pineapple. Depending on the ages of your children and the number of front teeth they're missing, you may want to switch from the crunchy taco shells to soft flour or corn tortillas.

Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 12 taco shells
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound frozen small cooked shrimp, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1½ cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • One 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional Toppings: diced avocado, chopped tomato, light sour cream, shredded lettuce

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the taco shells according to package directions and set aside.
  2. While the shells are baking, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder and cook until the shrimp are warmed through, about 1 minute (if using fresh shrimp, cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes).
  3. Stir in the beans, corn, pineapple, and salsa and heat through, about 2 minutes. Add the cheese and heat until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Using a slotted spoon to remove any excess liquid, place a generous ½ cup of the shrimp mixture into each taco shell. Serve with optional toppings.

Nutrition Information per Serving (2 tacos): 380 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated, 0.5g omega-3), 540mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 27g protein, 10% vitamin A, 15% vitamin C, 20% calcium, 20% iron

Recipe submitted by: Liz W eiss, MS, RD and Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD

Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD and Liz Weiss, MS, RD are The Meal Makeover Moms, and together, they’re on a mission to help busy families eat a healthy and delicious diet. Their latest cookbook, Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen or listen to their weekly radio podcast, 

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