Nom Nom Paleo + Whole30 by Michelle Tam

Every night can be a Whole30 taco night! At our house, we have tacos on the regular, because our whole family loves Whole30-friendly Mexican food. On Taco Tuesdays (or Wednesdays or Thursdays or Fridays…), I’ll whip up a meaty filling and serve it with lettuce leaves and a bunch of tasty salsas and toppings. I serve everything taco-bar-style so everyone can customize their own Whole30 taco dinner as he or she pleases!

An overhead shot of Whole30-friendly taco options with vegetable based taco shells, yummy fillings, and tasty toppings!

What do use for Whole30 Taco Shells?

Vegetables! Simply replace the corn or flour tortilla with something from the produce section.

A Whole30 lettuce wrapped carnitas taco on a plate.

The simplest Whole30 taco shell are lettuce leaves. My favorite type of lettuce is butter lettuce because they’re big and sturdy. You can also thinly slice jicama to make a tasty and crunchy shell. Want a shell with a little more heft? You can cut a bell pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and membranes and fill it up. Wanna eat with a fork? Just serve the pile everything on top of a bed of salad greens and you’re good!

Another Whole30 option—if you’re willing to go the extra mile and do some deep-frying—is Fried Green Plantains (a.k.a. Tostones or Patacones).

A closeup shot of a plate of fried green plantains (a.k.a. patacones or tostones).

Although there are Paleo-friendly taco shells on the market (Siete makes my favorite ones), they’re considered SWYPO on the Whole30 and you can’t eat them until your dietary reset is over.

Whole30 Taco Toppings?

A collage of Whole30 taco toppings: guacamole, spicy pineapple salsa, avocado crema, and diced onions and cilantro.

The standard taco toppings (except for cheese and sour cream) are normally good to go on a Whole30. You can make your own salsa or guacamole, but you can find a lot of compliant pre-made ones at the store if you’re in a rush. I’m always looking for shortcuts to deliciousness, so I keep a few store-bought compliant salsas in the pantry for weeknight taco extravaganzas!

Here are some of my favorite Whole30 taco toppings:

Whole30 Taco Fillings

Feel free to choose one of the tasty Whole30 taco fillings below or make a few and mix and match!

Instant Pot Carnitas: Whenever we go out for tacos, carnitas is our filling of choice, but it’s simple to make at home, too! Our family always craves this tender Mexican shredded pork, particularly once it’s crisped up in a hot skillet.

A shot of a platter of Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Carnitas on a bed of lettuce and topped with sliced avocado

Paleo Shrimp Tacos: I love roasted shrimp as taco fillings—and this recipe is drop-dead easy!

An overhead shot of Paleo Shrimp Tacos served with avocado crema and diced white onions and cilantro.

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken: A family favorite! Use your Instant Pot to make tasty, tender stewed chicken in a flash.

Shredding Instant Pot Salsa Chicken in a bowl with two forks for Whole30 tacos.

Mexican Braised Beef: This tender shredded Mexican beef is so simple and tasty. You can make it in the oven or in the Instant Pot!

A closeup of Oven-Braised Mexican Beef for Whole30 tacos

For more Whole30 taco inspiration, check out the “Leftacos” spread on pages 212 and 213 in our latest cookbook, Ready or Not!

Now, go get your taco party started!

Want more inspiration from my past January Whole30s? Check out my Day 17 posts from 2018 and 2017!

A note to my Nomsters: This is one of a series of daily blog posts I’m writing in the month of January 2019 to help those doing a Whole30 to kick off the New Year. Not sure what the Whole30 is, or want info on how to get started? Read my Whole30 prep post—and then come back to Nom Nom Paleo every single day for recipes to inspire, delight, and sustain you on your Whole30!

Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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