Mango-Arugula Soft Tacos


Taco night – seems to be a stand by of many households. This standard fare works well for kids, especially those on the picky end of things.

I use the lazy susan to display all the ingredients and let the family compose their own. The picky one – just whole wheat tortilla and monterey jack cheese (with ketchup – very authentic mexican). The adventurous 2 yr old will pile everything on this tortilla and the middle of the road little lady will usually do a little meat and lots of cheese.

So if taco night is going to be a regular part of our dinner rotation, I need to make it a little more exciting for the grown ups in the house – and to do so is very easy.

On the lazy susan I added a plate of arugula doused with a squeeze of fresh lemon and sprinkle of salt and a cup up mango. This joined a pile of shredded monterey jack cheese and ground turkey taco meat.

Matty ate an arugula packed taco – it was so exciting! He piled it all on himself. I almost fell off my chair.

This was mine:

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The idea came from the fact I desperately needed some greens at that point in the day and the avocado’s I planned to serve with this were not even close to ripe enough for eating. But right next to those avocado’s was a nice and soft mango – so I figured to give it a try. SO glad I did! Such a great, healthy and different combination.

PS- and if you think this is a slightly odd combination for a taco, keep in mind that my husband grew up putting applesauce on his tacos. Never count anything out! Check out the fridge for greens, veggies that can be shredded, pickled vegetables, interesting cheeses and fruits. If you come up with a combination you love please share your ideas in the comments!

But I won’t be putting applesauce on mine any time soon.

Ground Turkey Taco Filling
You can of course use grass fed ground beef or even ground chicken in place of the turkey.
  • 1 lb ground turkey meat
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • little olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  1. In a large non stick pan, over medium heat, add a little olive oil and toss in the onion. Cook until starting to turn translucent. Add the ground turkey and sprinkle the chili powder through the sea salt on the meat. Cook until the pink is just about gone and then add the tomato sauce. Cook for 5 more minutes or so to finish the turkey and thicken and combine everything.


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  • Margo

    I don’t think I will ever again be able to eat a taco without mango. Yum. And the peppery arugula was the perfect complement!