Use your imagination to design—and eat!—your dream taco!
Tacos have been made in some form or another, in many different places, for hundreds of years. Here’s our challenge to you: Make your dream taco using your creativity and your favorite ingredients, and don’t be afraid to try something TOTALLY new. Will you make your taco sweet or savory? Will it have Mexican flavors or even an Asian twist?
Take photos of your creation and have your grown-ups tag them with #atkkids on social media or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To inspire your taco brainstorming, think about the four things that most tacos contain:
The outside of your taco can be anything from a traditional corn or flour tortilla to a spinach wrap, a crêpe, a rice paper wrapper, or even a lavash flatbread. (Really, go wild!)
Most taco fillings are warm and relatively soft. Think braised meat, cooked vegetables, or mashed beans. Or maybe you’ll chill out with an ice cream filling? Get creative!
Toppings add punchy flavors and fun textures to your tacos. Maybe you’ll use a crunchy cabbage slaw, avocado pieces, chopped tomato, shredded cheese, or tangy pickled red onions. Or think outside the box with toppings like sprinkles, sesame seeds, crumbled potato chips, crushed cookies . . . the sky’s the limit!
You can cook your filling in your sauce (as in our Chicken Tinga Tacos) or you can squeeze or spoon a sauce onto your tacos right before you eat. Will you go traditional with sour cream, hot sauce, or crema? Or will you go sweet with whipped cream or caramel sauce? Anything goes!
Check out how these young chefs tackled the "Make It Your Way" taco challenge:
Lavash bread with seasoned lamb filling, yogurt sauce, and pomegranate seeds, cucumber slices, and mint leaves for toppings.
Inspiration: "Tacos El Pastor is a Lebanese food with a Mexican influence, so I decided to reverse it with some new added flavors." — Nina, age 11
Corn tortilla with cinnamon and sugar with a vanilla ice cream filling, hot fudge sauce, and chocolate cookie crumb topping.
Inspiration: "Churros." — Lawman, age 11
Soft corn tortilla with marinated shrimp filling, sour cream, chopped lettuce and tomatoes, cheese with mexican spices, and lime toppings.
Inspiration: "Our family loves shrimp and it was Cinco de Mayo." — Greta, age 10 and Grace, age 7
Hard bread with meatball filling, tomato sauce, and cucumber and carrot toppings served on the side.
Inspiration: "I wanted to make something new. Meatball sounded like a good taco." — Molly, age 6