Serve a do-it-yourself Mexican dinner and let friends and family pile on the seafood, pork, chicken, beef, or fresh veggie toppings into soft or crispy tortillas. Every night can be taco night when the main dish is this easy, delicious, and customizable for every taste. Whether you love crispy or soft shells, a lot or toppings or very little, you'll find the perfect plate of tacos just for you.
Family-Style Taco Night
For family taco night, set out the filling, taco shells, and toppings, and let everyone craft their own unique creations. Rather than a store bought taco mix pack, we created a simple homemade blend of basic pantry spices. It takes no more than five minutes to measure it all out and blend it up, and provides excellent flavor to a comforting, uncomplicated meal.
Fish Tacos with Sweet Pickle Sauce
The creamy sauce offers a cool counterpoint to the bold blackening spices. Not in the mood for tilapia? The recipe is also great with chicken, sliced flank steak, or shrimp. Toss some avocado, tomato, and cilantro into the mix, and you're ready to knock Taco Tuesday out of the park.
Crispy Tilapia TacosAim for just a light coating of flour on the fish for minimal oil absorption--you should only use about 1/4 cup of the flour mixture. We attempted this recipe with whole-wheat flour, but the natural oils from the whole grain didn't allow the crust to crisp properly.
Mushroom and Charred Corn Tacos with Guacamole
This quick taco filling is perfect for weeknight dinners. Poblano chiles bring rich, earthy flavor but little to no heat. (Every once in a while you can get a hot one, though.) If you want to add a little spice, add some crushed red pepper when you sauté the mushrooms.
Carnitas Tacos with Pickled Red Onion
The pork gets a big flavor boost from achiote paste, a mix of ground annatto seeds, vinegar, salt, and spices. Find it at Latin markets.
Chicken Verde Tacos
We like a warm taco filling, but if you're going for something a little cooler and more refreshing, skip step 1 and drizzle the salsa over assembled tacos.
Slow Cooker Barbacoa Brisket
Slow cooking tougher cuts of meat, such as beef brisket, gives you a meltingly tender texture. For tacos, serve the saucy barbacoa in tortillas with green and red onion, cilantro leaves, jalapeño slices, and fresh lime wedges.
Slow Cooker Chicken MoleServe the whole leg quarters over brown basmati rice, or shred the chicken off the bone and layer onto corn tortillas with cilantro, radishes, and a squeeze of lime for family taco night.
Pan-Seared Tuna Tacos with Avocado and Mango Salsa
These simple, vibrant tacos rely largely on superfresh ingredients for the fullest flavor potential. Opt for just-ripe avocados and tuna from a source you trust.
Grilled Flank Steak with Chipotle-Orange Mojo
This delicious steak tostada recipe cuts back on calories and sodium by using 6-inch whole-grain corn tortillas instead of flour, meaning you can afford to eat two.
Flank Steak Tacos with Avocado and Red Onion SaladThese juicy flank steak tacos are topped with an avocado, onion, jalapeño, and lime juice mixture. Serve steak with salad and tortillas.
Shrimp TacosGet a taco dinner on the table in 10 minutes with a simple recipe that quickly infuses bold flavor into raw shrimp by boiling them for two minutes with black peppercorns, lime juice, and red pepper. Spoon the shrimp into corn tortillas and top with tomatoes, sour cream, and green onions, for a pop of color.
Grilled Buffalo Chicken Tacos
We took the finger-licking beauty of a Buffalo wing experience and wrapped it in a tortilla--because that's how you win a weeknight.
Spiced Beef Tostadas with Cilantro-Lime RiceThese tostadas are inspired by classic taco night toppers and sides. Our version amps up the spice while keeping sodium numbers in check.
Crab TacosServe these crab tacos family-style. Place fillings in bowls and let everyone make their own taco. This recipe uses ready-made taco shells, but soft tortillas are good too.
Brisket Tacos with Summer SalsaSlow-cooker beef brisket and crunchy fruit salsa make these tacos a perfect blend of savory and sweet.
Tofu TacosMarinate extra-firm tofu in a mixture of soy sauce, lime juice, and spices for about five minutes, then skewer them and cook in a frying pan, turning until browned on all sides. Fill tortillas with tofu and cabbage drizzled with seasoned rice vinegar. Top with salsa and sour cream and serve.
Grilled Fish Tacos with Jalapeño-Cabbage SlawWe surround these savory Grilled Fish Tacos with our zesty Jalapeño-Cabbage Slaw that add flavor and crunch to each bite.
Huevos Rancheros TacosThis is more of a knife-and-fork taco. The soft egg yolk oozes and coats the filling.
Chimichurri Steak Tacos with Pickled VegetablesThough the amount of chicken skin may seem like a lot, it renders out most of its fat so that you only end up with 2.3 ounces after cooking. Use the cilantro stems for the sauce; the leaves will go in the rice. You'll use the parsley stems and carrot trimmings in the stock for Dinner 3 and the broccoli florets in Dinner 5.
Steak TacosThese hearty tacos are the perfect entree for steak lovers.
Garlicky Shrimp-Cilantro Tacos (Tacos de Camarones al Mojo de Ajo)Tacos don't have to be simple tomato-lettuce-and-cheese stackers. Serve an easy, upscale version that calls for Serrano chiles, white onion, garlic, and shrimp. Plate the taco filling in double tortillas to soak up any excess sauce.
Pork Tacos with Mango SlawWhole tenderloin is seared and sliced for these quick pork tacos. Serve with lime wedges.
Blackened Shrimp TacosBlackened Shrimp Tacos take a Cajun spin in preparation and flavor. These tacos are so easy to put together and make a nice addition to your dinner rotation.
Chicken TacosThese easy chicken tacos are a great addition to taco night.
Peanut-Crusted Tofu Tacos with Tangy SlawGive traditional tacos a run for their money with Peanut-Crusted Tofu Tacos with Tangy Slaw. This vegetarian dish may be the one to convert non-tofu eaters in your house.
Steak Tacos with Charred SalsaHere's a fresh serving idea: Assemble and serve tortillas in parchment paper-lined cups.
San Antonio Beef Puffy TacosOriginal tacos were a little different than the U-shaped tortillas invented by entrepreneur Glen Bell of Taco Bell. The real deal begins with a ball of masa flattened into a thin round that's fried to a golden crispness. The masa puffs up a bit, which is how the moniker "puffy taco" came into play. Stuff with ground taco meat, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and shredded cheese.
Ancho Chicken TacosCreate authentic Mexican-style tacos by cooking the chicken in a mixture of ancho chili powder and cumin and serving over corn tortillas topped with slaw and avocado cream.
Chicken Soft Tacos with Sautéed Onions and ApplesGive Tex-Mex a savory-sweet punch of flavor by serving tacos with a chicken filling cooked with ground nutmeg, tart Granny Smith apples, and caramelized onions. Pair with a bright cole slaw and you'll have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Kung Pao Chicken TacosChinese takeout is even tastier when it gets wrapped in a tortilla. Plus, you get to ditch those pesky chopsticks and use your hands instead.
Black Bean Tacos with Feta SlawTacos are extremely friendly to vegetarians, too! Canned beans that are already seasoned help bring these meatless tacos together in a flash.
Cola Shredded Beef TacosThis recipe features shredded beef chuck roast flavored with cola, tomatoes, chiles, and cumin. Bet 'cha can't eat just one.
Chicken Tinga TacosSpice up your standard taco by adding loads of fresh spices and ingredients that make these flavors soar.
Crisp Chicken TacosMake your favorite fried taco dish at home by following our easy tips. Fry an empty shell on one side, then flip and fill it with grilled chicken. Fold the tortilla in half and fry until one side is crispy (about 20 seconds), then flip and fry the other side. Drain the taco of excess oil then let it rest in a baking dish before transferring it to a warm oven, where it will stay warm and crisp until you're ready to eat. Serve with hot sauce and condiments.
Three-Bean TacosSkip the ground beef and serve a dinner stuffed with fresh vegetables, dried spices, and three kinds of beans. Chickpeas, black beans, and pinto beans simmer in a fragrant mixture of chili powder, oregano, cumin, and garlic while the simmer with diced bell pepper and onion. Layer the beans in crispy shells and top with the standard Mexican toppers: shredded cheese, tomato, lettuce, sour cream, and salsa.
Shredded Chicken Tacos with Mango SalsaLook for crema, the Mexican version of sour cream, in Mexican markets or the international aisle of most supermarkets. You could also thin sour cream with 1/2 teaspoon lime juice.
Deep-Dish Taco PizzaMix the best of easy Mexican and Italian favorites by serving a zesty taco pizza. Top refrigerated pizza dough with cooked ground round and onion, cooked with canned tomatoes and Mexican seasoning. Bake for 12 minutes, then top with cheese and bake again until the cheese is melted. This recipe is a guaranteed kid-pleaser.
Spicy Flank Steak Tacos with Watermelon SalsaThe three-pepper spice rub gives the steak wonderful complexity. Minty watermelon salsa is an unexpectedly delicious addition.
Chocolate TacosTacos... for dessert? Finish off your taco night with these crunchy chocolate shells stuffed with ice cream, peanuts and more chocolate.
Tacos al Carbon"Al carbón" tacos are typically cooked over charcoal, but it's easy to mimic that flavor inside by cooking steak, onions, and peppers in a skillet to make a one-pan meaty main dish. Pile the saucy fajita-like mixture into warm corn tortillas and top with fresh cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.
Shrimp Tacos with Corn SalsaGrilled shrimp pairs well with the natural sweetness in the fresh corn salsa. We recommend squeezing fresh lime over any taco just before digging in!
Shredded Pork and Pinto Tacos with Pepita SlawA half-pound of pork is a gracious plenty for these tacos, which are beefed up with pinto beans, Greek yogurt-amped avocado crema, and a crunchy slaw topped with pumpkinseeds.
Crunchy Jerk Tacos with Watermelon-Mango SalsaThe watermelon-mango salsa on these tacos offers the perfect tart and sweet compliment to the spiced jerk chicken.
Smoked Beef Brisket TostadasTop these tostadas with fresh avocado, lime juice, crumbled queso fresco, diced jalapeños, chopped tomatoes, and shredded lettuce.
Beef Flatbread Tacos with Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce
Ground lamb would be equally delicious in these fun gyro-inspired tacos. If you can't find the flatbreads we call for, you can use corn tortillas instead.
Potato, Poblano, and Chorizo TacosMexican chorizo is a raw pork sausage flavored with cumin and garlic. If you can't find it, you can substitute regular American breakfast sausage.
Taco Salad with Tortilla WhiskersDitch the tortilla and serve a simple, flavorful main dish taco salad layered with lettuce, black beans, and steak seasoned with white vinegar, cumin, and cinnamon. Follow our recipe for homemade guacamole, or use a store-bought variety to save time.
Walking TacoMake the Walking Taco your trusty sidekick when you're looking for a tasty meal on the go.
Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño SauceUse this creamy sauce to dress up store-bought fried chicken or as a salad dressing or dip for wings. Adjust the heat by adding more or less jalapeño. We like to double up on the tortillas, taco-truck style, for any of these tacos.
Carne TampiqueñaGrill flames give hot peppers delectable smokiness. Find queso fresco at Mexican markets or in the Latin cheese section of large supermarkets.
Breakfast TacosTortillas stuffed with scrambled eggs, chilies and cream cheese are ready in just 10 minutes, making them an ideal breakfast for busy mornings.
Spiced Pork and Mango TacosGive your taco night a little kick of something spicy and a little taste of something tropical by adding paprika and these thinly sliced mangos.
Chipotle Pork Soft TacosBring the vibrant taste of the Caribbean to the dinner table with a simple six-ingredient salsa, made with pineapple, apple, shallots, cilantro, lime juice, and cumin. Serve over sautéed pork tenderloin with chipotle chiles and a tangy cider vinegar sauce.
Chicken-Avocado Soft TacosToss thinly sliced chicken and avocado together and divide evenly among tortillas for a delicious taco night dish.
Fried-Fish Reuben TacosYour favorite sandwich fillings work just as well stuffed inside a taco shell. Here, fish tacos meet the classic Reuben, and the results are fantastic.
Beef Chorizo Tacos with Cabbage SlawEach person gets three filling tacos for a satisfying meal full of fresh veggie crunch. Garlic, paprika, cumin, and vinegar turn ground beef into near-instant Mexican-style chorizo, much leaner than the traditional pork version. Cost for 4: $8.37
Tofu-and-Vegetable Tacos with Eggplant-Ancho SpreadChef Alyssa Gorelick wraps grilled vegetables and tofu in tortillas with an eggplant-and-ancho-chile spread that gives the tacos a rich, smoky taste. The spread is also delicious as a dip with pita chips.
Suadero Tacos with Serrano-Cilantro SalsaSuadero, a cut of beef similar to flank steak, is a popular taco filling on food trucks.