Looking for Healthy Tailgating Food? Try a Taco Bar 

Shanthi Appelo
Shanthi Appelo

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Tailgating taco bar
Tailgating food doesn’t have to be unhealthy, enter – taco bar. Hosting a taco bar for a tailgate can mean a mix of purchasing pre-prepared ingredients and making a few easy recipes at home. The key to a successful healthy taco bar is to offer a variety of lean proteins and vegetables in a tasty way.
The size of street tacos make them excellent for portion control. Consider offering mixed greens for guests who prefer a to make their tacos deconstructed in a salad format. These easy and delicious options will pack in nutrients for everyone at your next taco bar:
  • Black beans
  • Two-ingredient slow cooker salsa chicken (recipe below)
  • Mixed greens for salad
  • Salsas
  • Fajita vegetables
  • Chilled creamy cilantro lime cabbage salad (recipe below)
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced onions
  • Pickled jalapeños or banana peppers
  • Low-fat shredded cheese
  • Avocados
  • Guacamole
  • Diced pineapple
  • Lime slices
For University of Michigan and Michigan State fans, flaunt your team colors with an "A-maize-ing" Pineapple Salsa with blue corn chips and a State Salsa Verde with white tortilla chips.
State Salsa Verde recipe

State Salsa Verde

Check out this Spartan-friendly recipe and serve with tortilla chips.


Another fantastic recipe to consider incorporating into your tailgate is this grilled shrimp tacos with avocado and chili lime chimichurri recipe.
Photo credit: A Healthier Michigan
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