Let’s taco ‘bout the best holiday ever.

By Arielle Weg
October 03, 2018
Old El paso

Taco Tuesday has quite the competition this month, because October 4 (a Thursday, in fact) is National Taco Day. Honestly, tacos are a big deal around here. Last year Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos, which for those of you who appreciate a visual, is nearly 490,000 miles of tacos. Point Being: This is definitely a food holiday to celebrate.

In honor of National Taco Day, Old El Paso dug into the most popular and unique taco recipes that represent each state, based on top searches on BettyCrocker.com. Using this data, we collected our favorite taco-inspired recipes for every state, so you can cook your way through America while throwing the best taco party ever.

Alabama and Michigan: Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Slow cooker chicken taco soup couldn't be easier. Simply cook the chicken on the stovetop, drop everything into a slow cooker, and add toppings when complete. Your taco themed dinner is served.

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Taco Soup 

Alaska: Grands Taco Melts

Though not a classic grands Taco Melt with taco-seasoned meat, salsa, and cheese all wrapped in a buttermilk biscuit, this recipe definitely steals the show. The super buttery crust is stuffed with hearty meat, that you can upgrade with taco seasoning for a festive twist.

Get the Recipe: Popover Meat Pies 

Arizona and Vermont: Easy Taco Pie

The magic of taco pie is how simple it is to prepare, combined with how delicious the final product is. Layer your taco filling and tortillas like you would lasagna, and then dig in!

Get the recipe: Tortilla Pie 

Arkansas: Taco Stuffed Mini Sweet Pepper

Serve these mini stuffed peppers as an appetizer at your taco party. This recipe calls for Piquillos, a small, red, spicy-sweet roasted Spanish pepper, but mini bell peppers would work fine as well.

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Piquillo Peppers 

Photography: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Anna Hampton; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

California: Beef Taco Rice Skillet

Top a hearty platter of rice with this nacho dip and you’ll instantly fall in love. Flavorful beef, beans, and Mexican flavors are piled high, creating the ultimate taco dish.

Get the Recipe: Skillet Nacho Dip 

Colorado: Taco Fiesta Chicken Lasagna

This taco lasagna calls for ground beef, but feel free to swap in chicken (or your protein of choice!). All of your favorite fiesta flavors come through with fresh cilantro, taco seasoning mix, and salsa layered right in.

Get the Recipe: Fiesta Taco Lasagna 

Connecticut: Layered Ranch Taco Dip

Layers of corn, beans, and avocado make for the perfect taco-style dip. Swap out the chipotle for Ranch mix in the sour cream layer for the tastiest classic combo.

Get the Recipe: Five-Layer Dip

Delaware: One Pot Taco Rigatoni

Upgrade the classic Italian noodle with taco-seasoned meat for a comforting way to celebrate the holiday. Best part is, you likely already have everything you need in your pantry.

Get the Recipe: Baked Rigatoni with Beef 

Florida: Easy Fish Tacos

One of the easiest fish tacos in our collection, just pile the fresh slaw over deliciously spiced tilapia.

View the Recipe: Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw 

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Georgia and Pennsylvania: Easy Oven Baked Chicken Tacos

Have oven-baked chicken ready, or grab a rotisserie chicken from the store, to prep this super easy dinner. Then, simply warm your chicken in a skillet with salsa verde, and pile it high in a tortilla with creamy cabbage slaw.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Verde Tacos 

Hawaii and South Dakota: Taco Supper Skillet

Grab your largest skillet and get cooking with this delicious recipe. Full of meaty bacon, Mexican chorizo, pork tenderloin, hanger steak, and more it’s a meat-lovers Mexican fiesta.

Get the Recipe: Discada 

Idaho and New Mexico: Beef and Bean Taco Casserole

This vegetarian Mexican skillet is packed with beans, cheese, and Mexican spices. Amp it up with beef if you please, and enjoy with tortilla chips.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Skillet Casserole 

Photographer: Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Illinois: Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Tacos

Slow-cooker pork is perfect for taco filling. Slice some fresh pineapple into the salsa for a tropical twist on this easy dinner.

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa 

Photo: Victor Protasio; Styling: Paige Hicks

Indiana: Chicken Taco Boats

Assemble these mouth-watering fajitas into a taco boat, then top with sour cream and avocado for an essential Taco Day party.

Get the Recipe: Cheesy Chicken Fajitas 

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Amy Stone

Iowa: Taco Beef Bake with Cheddar Biscuits

Take your favorite taco-flavored chili (in this case it’s Smoky Beef and Poblano Chili) and bake away with the addition of seasonal butternut squash and topped with cheesy biscuits.

Get the Recipe: Chili Potpie with Cheddar Biscuits 

Kansas: Beef Taco Pasta Salad

Start with a basic recipe for the perfect taco salad, then mix in your favorite pasta and chill for an awesome picnic-style taco pasta salad. Get the Recipe: Quick Taco Salad

Kentucky: Crispy Flour Tortilla Chicken Tacos

It can’t get better than cheesy chicken packed into crispy tortilla shells. Grab crunchy shells at the store or use our method to make corn or flour tortillas crispy and delicious.

Get the Recipe: Crisp Chicken Tacos 

Louisiana: Queso Taco Pasta Bake

This pasta bake achieves dreamy cheesiness with the addition of cream cheese and shredded cheese. A packet of spicy taco seasoning gets the party started.

Get the Recipe: Taco Bake Pasta

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Maine: Taco Seasoned Stuffed Peppers

These stuffed peppers are a taco lover’s dream. Plus, the entire family can enjoy them—not just those following keto.

Get the Recipe: Keto Burrito Pepper 

Maryland: Muffin Tin Chicken Tacos

Wonton wrappers make for an easy crunchy shell for taco-inspired cups. If you’re looking for chicken tacos instead of shrimp, feel free to swap out the protein.

Get the Recipe: Chipotle Shrimp Cups 

Massachusetts: Deep Dish Taco Squares

Refrigerated pizza crust dough makes this a weeknight favorite. Celebrate National Taco Day with a spicy, cheesy square of taco goodness.

Get the Recipe: Deep-Dish Taco Pizza 

Minnesota: Breakfast Tacos

Enjoy these fancy tacos to kick off your morning or as a breakfast-for-dinner feast. Pair crispy fried eggs, vibrant chimichurri, and meaty flank steak for the ultimate combination.

Get the Recipe: Steak and Fried Egg Breakfast Tacos with Chimichurri 

Mississippi: Taco Soup

Most of the ingredients in this taco soup are pantry staples, so grab a few cans, ground beef, and cheese for a warming bowl of taco goodness.

Get the Recipe: Taco Soup

Missouri: Grilled Taco Burger and Potato Packs

Salsa-infused patties take these taco burgers to next-level goodness. Spread the buns with beans, lettuce, tomato, salsa, and cheese for a hamburger that tastes just like a taco. 

Get the Recipe: Taco Burgers

Montana: Cheesy Chicken Taco Breadsticks

Not quite a breadstick, this cheesy stuffed stromboli will definitely hit your cravings. Sprinkle some taco seasoning into your cheese mixture for a taco-flavored bite.

Get the Recipe: Cheesy Chicken-and-Spinach Stromboli Ring 

Nebraska: Southwest Pasta Taco Salad

For this recipe, swap out tortillas by mixing the beans, cheese, and jalapenos with your favorite pasta. Then, combine with the lettuce mixture for a Southwest inspired pasta salad.

Get the Recipe: Cheddar-Jalapeno Quesadilla Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette 

Nevada: Impossibly Easy Turkey Taco Pie

Next time you’re craving a comforting turkey taco pie, take this perfect turkey taco filling and swap it into this Taco Pot Pie.

Get the Recipe: Chipotle Turkey Taco Filling 

Photo: Gina DeSimone; Food Styling: Blakeslee Giles; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

New Hampshire: Fiesta Taco Casserole

Top a bubbling taco casserole with frozen tater tots for a family-friendly weeknight main.

Get the Recipe: Taco-Tot Casserole 

Photo: Jennifer Causey Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

New Jersey: Oven Baked Barbecue Pork Tacos

Slow roast pork shoulder for ultra tender shreds when it comes to assembling. Though this version isn’t barbecue flavored, you can swap out the achiote mix for your favorite sauce.

Get the Recipe: Carnitas Tacos with Pickled Red Onion 

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kay Clark

New York: Chicken Ranch Tacos

What could be better than chicken ranch tacos? A chicken ranch baked casserole, of course. All your favorite flavors are baked right into soft tortillas for easy entertaining.

Get the Recipe: King Ranch Chicken 

North Carolina: French Bread Taco Pizza

Take your two favorite foods (pizza and tacos, duh) and make the ultimate crossover dinner. All you need to do is pile your favorite taco toppings onto prepared pizza crust for a superfast weeknight meal.

Get the Recipe: Taco Pizza 

North Dakota: Taco Bake

The flavor in the taco casserole will make you question if it’s actually healthy. We promise the entire family will dive headfirst into this creamy, meaty taco bake.

Get the Recipe: Weight Watchers Taco Casserole

Texas-Style Puffy Barbacoa Tacos image

Photo: Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Torie Cox: Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

Ohio: Chipotle Chicken Puffy Tacos

You won’t be able to get enough of these puffy taco shells. Swap out the chuck roast for chicken and adjust cook times if you truly want a chicken taco experience—but we’re big fans of the original recipe.

Get the Recipe: Texas-Style Puffy Barbacoa Tacos 

Oklahoma: Taco Pork Meatballs

Ground pork gets a flavor boost from a jar of salsa and Mexican-style flavors.

Get the recipe: Mexican Meatballs 

Oregon: Baked Taco Sandwich

Okay, so it’s not a taco sandwich. But a burrito stuffed with your favorite taco fixings sounds pretty good to us.

Get the Recipe: Turkey Taco Burrito 

Rhode Island: Slow Cooker Taco Pasta

This slow cooker pasta takes on all your favorite Italian flavors with ease, so just swap in Mexican-style flavors to make it a truly taco pasta—like salsa for tomatoes, Mexican cheese for Parmesan, and cilantro for basil.

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Macaroni and Beef 

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower

South Carolina: Slow Cooker Smoky Chipotle Tacos

This slow cooked brisket gets epic flavor from chipotle chiles in adobo sauce. Serve in tortillas topped with your favorite fixings for a perfect taco night.

Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Barbacoa Brisket 

Tennessee: Crunchy Potluck Taco Salad

This may be the tastiest taco salad yet. To make it more potluck friendly, prepare salad in a large bowl and crush tortillas over the top for some crunch.

Get the Recipe: Beef and Bean Taco Salad 

Texas: Wild West Sizzlin’ Chicken Tacos

These chicken tacos are definitely sizzlin’. Once the sauce is done, coat the chicken in the spicy goodness and divide among tortillas.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Tinga Tacos 

Photo: Daniel Agee; Food Styling: Julia Levy; Prop Styling: Kashara Johnson

Utah: Grilled Picnic Taco Nachos

Perfect for a picnic, this platter of cheesy goodness is incredibly low-effort. It’s an essential dish for game day or National Taco Day. Or both.

Get the Recipe: Quick and Easy Nachos 

Virginia: Taco Corn Chili

A can of bean chili gets a fresh facelift with the addition of veggies, beans, avocado, and queso fresco. It’s the perfect bowl of taco-flavored chili this Taco Day needs.

Get the Recipe: Summer Garden Chili Bowls 

Washington: Slow Cooker Short Rib Taco Boats

These instant pot short ribs are exactly what the doctor ordered. So, they’re not slow-cooker or taco-flavored, but you can definitely toss them into a taco boat or tortilla. We won’t tell.

Get the Recipe: Curried Beef Short Ribs 

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower

West Virginia: Baja Fish Soft Tacos

There’s nothing like crispy fish tacos to transport you to a summer day. These feature tempura-fried sea beans, plus a fresh tomatillo salsa topper.

Get the Recipe: Baja Fish Tacos 

Wisconsin: Taco Spaghetti Bake

Spaghetti Pie just brings us back to childhood, and this recipe is super budget friendly and meaty. Create taco flavors with Mexican sausage (instead of italian) and swap in Mexican-blend cheese.

Get the Recipe: Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie 

Wyoming: Queso Taco Pockets

If you’re looking for a meaty, cheesy pocket then these are your guys. Swap out spicy brown mustard for enchilada sauce and Gruyere for Mexican cheese for a taco twist.

Get the Recipe: Halloween Ham and Cheese Hand Pies