This post is sponsored by Old El Paso, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Last week, Luke got diagnosed with several food allergies and intolerances: egg, dairy, gluten, and turkey, to name a few. With this came the daunting task of finding out what the heck our family can eat now that we have not one, but two, people with food allergies in our home. With minimal groceries in the house (we’re trying to hold off on our major food overhaul until after our trip this weekend), I took to Walmart for a few essentials, declared last night a Taco Tuesday, and was beyond happy to see that Old El Paso offers a gluten free taco shell that we could all enjoy!
If food allergies didn’t make it tough enough on the dining front, our kids are also SUPER picky eaters. I mean… I can’t exactly blame them. I just recently started straying from ordering chicken fingers when we go out to eat and didn’t try my first grilled cheese sandwich until I was 19 years old. (I know, right?) Nevertheless, I try my hardest not to let my own picky eating habits rub off on our kids, and we set a New Years Resolution for Marleigh this year to be more of an “Adventurous eater,” hoping it would make her more willing to try new things.
While tacos are a staple around here, hard shell tacos were something new for the kids, so I knew I would have to make it fun for them to partake in the Old El Paso deliciousness. Enter: the Make Your Own Taco table!
I stuck with a classic recipe: taco meat, lettuce, and green peppers (sans cheese for Luke) and a side of corn. Marleigh especially loved making her own taco creation and, despite his argument that he “doesn’t like tacos,” Huck devoured his entire meal! It helped a bit that we told him the hard Old El Paso taco shell was actually just a giant chip. #ParentingWin
Now that we passed the trial run with hard shell tacos, I’m looking forward to mixing it up a bit with some new creations for Cinco de Mayo celebrations! Loaded taco boats? Fruit salsa dessert tacos? The possibilities are endless!
What’s your favorite Mexican-inspired recipe? Drop a comment below. Bonus points if it meets all of our new dietary restrictions!