70 Incredible Taco Recipes
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.
Sheet Pan BBQ Fish Tacos With Mexi Corn
This easy and impressive sheet pan dinner is from Julie Grimes' $10 Dinners: Delicious Meals for a Family of 4 that Don't Break the Bank.
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 Tacos
Aim 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 Mole
Serve 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 Salad
These juicy flank steak tacos are topped with an avocado, onion, jalapeño, and lime juice mixture. Serve steak with salad and tortillas.
Get 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 Rice
These tostadas are inspired by classic taco night toppers and sides. Our version amps up the spice while keeping sodium numbers in check.
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.
Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
Slow-cooker beef brisket and crunchy fruit salsa make these tacos a perfect blend of savory and sweet.
Marinate 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 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
This is more of a knife-and-fork taco. The soft egg yolk oozes and coats the filling.
Chimichurri Steak Tacos with Pickled Vegetables
Though 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.
These 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 Slaw
Whole tenderloin is seared and sliced for these quick pork tacos. Serve with lime wedges.
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
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
Here's a fresh serving idea: Assemble and serve tortillas in parchment paper-lined cups.
San Antonio Beef Puffy Tacos
Original 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 Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream
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.
Chicken Soft Tacos with Sautéed Onions and Apples
Give 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 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
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
This recipe features shredded beef chuck roast flavored with cola, tomatoes, chiles, and cumin. Bet 'cha can't eat just one.