{Tour}: Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin (Kid Art, Recipe + a Giveaway!)

Welcome to Swoony Boys Podcast! When our friends over at Penguin Kids asked us if we wanted to participate in a blog tour for Dragons Love Tacos we responded with a big huge YES! We loved the first book and we absolutely cannot wait for the sequel. We’ve got some Dragons Love Tacos themed kid art from Meg’s boys, Luca & Matteo! We also have a yummy taco recipe and we’re going to help you get to know author, Adam Rubin and illustrator, Daniel Salmieri a little bit better. Ready to go? Let’s get started…


{Tour}: Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin (Kid Art, Recipe + a Giveaway!)Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Also by this author: Dragons Love Tacos 2 The Sequel
Published by Dial, Penguin Group on June 14th, 2012
Genres: Children's Fiction
Pages: 40
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This scrumptious New York Times bestseller has a whole lot of kick!

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.

The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack.

***Kid Art***

Art by Matteo, Age 6

Matteo wanted to show exactly what kind of taco NOT to feed a dragon!

Art by Luca, Age 9

Luca had fun making a dragon in his favorite color and good vs. bad tacos!


***Kid Approved Taco Recipe***

(Filled With Lots Of Veggies!)

Are you looking for a kid-approved taco recipe that not only tastes amazing, it also is a one pan meal that is loaded with tons of hidden vegetables? We’re talking zucchini, onion, peppers, tomatoes, and spinach! Kids have no clue any of it is in there and will definitely agree that these are the best tacos you’ll ever have! Here’s how to make them:


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 medium zucchinis, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 12 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • taco seasoning (store bought or homemade)
  • 3 cups baby spinach  or spinach/kale mixture
  • 1½ cup shredded  mexican cheese
  • green onions, to garnish (optional)


  1. In a large pan, brown ground beef and zucchini.
  2. Drain excess fat/water.
  3. Add onions and peppers, and cook until browned.
  4. Add canned tomatoes, taco seasoning, and any water needed for taco seasoning to evenly coat
  5. Add greens and let fully wilt. (It’s amazing, it basically disappears!)
  6. Mix well.
  7. Cover with shredded cheese, and let cheese melt – about five minutes
  8. When cheese is melted, serve over a bed of lettuce, rice, or in a taco or burrito!
  9. Garnish with green onions if desired.
  10. Top with sour cream, shredded lettuce, or jalapenos (if you’re not serving them to a dragon!)


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***Meet Author Adam Rubin***

Adam Rubin is the New York Times best-selling author of a half dozen critically-acclaimed picture books including Those Darn Squirrels and Dragons Love Tacos. He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day job to write full time. Adam has a keen interest in improv comedy, camping and magic tricks. He lives in New York City.

Find Adam Here:
Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


***Meet Illustrator Daniel Salmieri***

Daniel Salmieri has illustrated many fantastic picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Robo-Sauce. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, constantly drawing and painting images of ninja turtles, dinosaurs, and fighter jets (not in the same scene…), and graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Find Daniel Here:
Website | Instagram | Goodreads




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  1. My 2 1/2 year old granddaughter went to Disney on Ice and saw Maleficent’s dragon and it gave her nightmares. Now I am a dragon lover so that didn’t go over well with me. I pulled out Pete’s Dragon (the original and new), my beanie baby dragon, Dragontales, Eureka’s Castle, and of course Dragons Love Tacos. Dragons Love Tacos helped the most because she loves tacos too. Our local B & N will be hosting a Dragons Loves Tacos 2 party and we are going to go together.

  2. I can’t wait to get our pre-ordered copy of the sequel! My little Jack is going to love it!

  3. danielle hammelef says

    I’ve seen this book on a list before of excellent picture books. I love the idea of this book and the illustrations are adorable and fun. thanks for the great recipe to try!

  4. We love this book. The kids request it often.

  5. Samantha Deen says

    Omg this book and the 1st one ARE SO CUTE!!!! I need to get these! XD

  6. I love zucchini in tacos too! Yum.
    Alas, the store bought tacos I had tonight had no zucchini in it.
    Or dragons, either.

  7. We loved the first one ~ can’t wait to read the sequel!

  8. Shelley P says

    I love the cover! 🙂 I am super excited about this adorable book. My kids would really enjoy it!

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