20 Tasty Taco Night Recipes

Serve a do-it-yourself Mexican dinner and let the family pile on shrimp, pork, chicken, and fresh veggie toppings into soft or crispy tortillas.

  • Shrimp Tacos with Corn Salsa
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Shrimp Tacos with Corn Salsa

    Grilled shrimp pairs well with the natural sweetness in the fresh corn salsa. We recommend squeezing fresh lime over any taco just before digging in!
  • Crab Tacos
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Crab Tacos

    Serve 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.

  • Pulled-Pork Tacos
    Photo: Beatriz Da Costa

    Pulled-Pork Tacos

    Top  these pulled-pork tacos with chopped red onion, sliced jalapeños, and fresh cilantro for a spicy south-of-the-border taco dinner. Serve with Mexican rice and canned refried beans.

  • Tofu-and-Vegetable Tacos with Eggplant-Ancho Spread
    Tina Rupp

    Tofu-and-Vegetable Tacos with Eggplant-Ancho Spread

    Chef 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.
  • Grilled Fish Tacos with Jalapeño-Cabbage Slaw
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Grilled Fish Tacos with Jalapeño-Cabbage Slaw

    We surround these savory Grilled Fish Tacos with our zesty Jalapeño-Cabbage Slaw that add flavor and crunch to each bite.

  • Huevos Rancheros Tacos
    Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Theo Vamvounakis

    Huevos Rancheros Tacos

    This is more of a knife-and-fork taco. The soft egg yolk oozes and coats the filling.

  • Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño Sauce
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

    Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño Sauce

    Use 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.

  • Pork Tacos with Mango Slaw
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Pork Tacos with Mango Slaw

    Whole tenderloin is seared and sliced for these quick pork tacos. Serve with lime wedges.

  • Blackened Shrimp Tacos
    Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Theo Vamvounakis

    Blackened Shrimp Tacos

    Blackened 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.

  • Peanut-Crusted Tofu Tacos with Tangy Slaw
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower

    Peanut-Crusted Tofu Tacos with Tangy Slaw

    Give 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 Salsa
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

    Steak Tacos with Charred Salsa

    Here's a fresh serving idea: Assemble and serve tortillas in parchment paper-lined cups.

  • Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Ancho Chicken Tacos

    Create 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.

  • Potato, Poblano, and Chorizo Tacos
    Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Theo Vamvounakis

    Potato, Poblano, and Chorizo Tacos

    Mexican chorizo is a raw pork sausage flavored with cumin and garlic. If you can't find it, you can substitute regular American breakfast sausage.

  • Kung Pao Chicken Tacos
    Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Kung Pao Chicken Tacos

    Chinese 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 Slaw
    Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Black Bean Tacos with Feta Slaw

    Tacos are extremely friendly to vegetarians, too! Canned beans that are already seasoned help bring these meatless tacos together in a flash.
  • Cola Shredded Beef Tacos
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Cola Shredded Beef Tacos

    This recipe features shredded beef chuck roast flavored with cola, tomatoes, chiles, and cumin. Bet 'cha can't eat just one.
  • Breakfast Tacos
    Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham  

    Breakfast Tacos

    Tortillas stuffed with scrambled eggs, chilies and cream cheese are ready in just 10 minutes, making them an ideal breakfast for busy mornings.
  • Fried-Fish Reuben Tacos
    Photo: Christina Holmes

    Fried-Fish Reuben Tacos

    Your favorite sandwich fillings work just as well stuffed inside a taco shell. Here, fish tacos meet the classic Reuben, and the results are fantastic.
  • Suadero Tacos with Serrano-Cilantro Salsa
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Suadero Tacos with Serrano-Cilantro Salsa

    Suadero, a cut of beef similar to flank steak, is a popular taco filling on food trucks.
  • Chocolate Tacos with Ice Cream and Peanuts
    Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Theo Vamvounakis

    Chocolate Tacos

    Tacos... for dessert? Finish off your taco night with these crunchy chocolate shells stuffed with ice cream, peanuts and more chocolate.
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