If you have a love affair with tacos, but you’re tired of the same old taco recipe, then it’s your lucky day. We have 12 to-die-for taco dishes that will make you re-think ground meat as your only taco filling option. And there’s never been a better time to make tacos a part of your regular culinary routine…there’s even a diet dedicated to eating tacos exclusively. Yes, we’re serious. The Taco Cleanse is getting a lot of buzz, mostly because it’s main requirement is that you eat a lot of tacos. We’re officially listening. While we might not be totally on board with the zero dairy portion of the cleanse, we are interested in any meal plan that involves a LOT of taco goodness. Because if you ask us, tacos = happiness, and apparently they can also = a healthy lifestyle. Preach.
Check out these 12 taco recipe ideas that you (probably) haven’t tried yet, and prepare to have your taste buds on a trip to taco heaven. With these easy to make and easy to love recipes, every night can and should be taco night.
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1. Shrimp Tacos with Grilled Poblano Salsa
Shrimp always makes an awesome taco filling because the flavor and texture pairs perfectly with a taco shell or soft tortilla, but with this recipe it is the salsa that sets the dish apart. It’s a little tart and a little spicy, plus there’s the perfect amount of crunch from the corn and green onions.
2. Fried Avocado Tacos with Sesame and Lime
Fried. Avocado. Listening yet? Best taco recipe ever. As if the concept of making avocado fries wasn’t brilliant enough, you put these fries into a taco and top it with a creamy cilantro sauce, cabbage slaw and warm pinto beans. Your vegetarian friends will LOVE this dish; in fact, so will anyone with an appetite, because it’s that good.
3. Chicken Taco Salad
Who said that a taco needs to come wrapped in a shell? This salad recipe is delicious and good for you, and you can choose to serve with tortilla chips or go totally tortilla-free if you want to be really healthy. The chicken is cooked in taco seasoning, which usually has a kick, and is served over shredded lettuce, tomatoes, corn, cheese, avocados, green onions and cilantro. Top it all off with a zesty dressing made from ranch mixed with salsa and you have a salad bowl that you will want to devour every day.
4. Tofu Tacos
Who said tacos need meat filling? These tofu tacos are filling and nutritious. If you’ve never considered using tofu in a taco dish, consider this the perfect opportunity. Plus, they are super healthy—with 8 grams of fiber and 22 grams of protein per serving, you’ll be making these for your family and guests often.
5. Pulled Chicken Tacos
Any recipe that is quick and easy and that the whole family will love falls high on our list of must-tries. This dish is full of flavor and loaded with cheese, which means it looks as good as it tastes. And you can make the pulled chicken in advance and save it in your refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble the tacos. And if you’re feeling really lazy, you can buy a rotisserie chicken, pull the meat off until it is a shredded consistency and then mix it with the suggested seasoning and sauce for the Mexican chicken.
6. Crispy Zucchini Tacos with Cherry Pepper Crema
We rarely get excited to eat zucchini, but with these tacos were singing a different tune about this healthy veggie. That’s probably because these zucchinis are coated in a panko/chili mixture and fried, and then topped with a cherry pepper crema, and the result is a truly special and unique taco.
7. Baja Fish Tacos
Fish tacos aren’t exactly an innovative concept these days; you see them on almost any Mexican restaurant or taco bar menu. But we’re willing to bet you haven’t tried to make these tacos at home because it seems harder than it is. These Baja fried fish tacos only take 10 minutes to put together and about 10 seconds to inhale they’re so good.
8. Thai Chicken Tacos
We love when recipes combine more than one cuisine into a single dish, like these Thai chicken tacos, which take traditional Thai ingredients like peanut sauce and bean sprouts and use them in a traditional Mexican dish such as the taco. The combination is delicious and so easy to make.
9. Slow-Cooker Pulled-Pork Tacos
When life gets busy the slow cooker is your best friend because it allows you to prepare a meal with minimal effort and virtually no attention. While these pulled pork tacos take over 8 hours to cook, you’re only actually working for about 15 minutes, which seems like a fair trade. You simply dump all the ingredients into the slow cooker, let the pork roast for 4-5 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low, then shred the pork with a fork and layer with tortillas and toppings to taste. Yum,
10. Greek Taco
Think of this dish as a mix between a gyro and a lamb taco. The ground meat wrapped in a shell feels like a taco, but the fact that it is lamb, wrapped in a pita with a feta mint tzatziki sauce feels 100% Greek. And the combination is amazingly flavorful, balanced and satisfying.
11. Breakfast Tacos
Tacos for breakfast? What a genius concept! Especially when the tacos are loaded with bacon, onions, potatoes, scrambled eggs and beans. Top all those ingredients off with some cheese and pico de gallo, wrap it in a tortilla and jumpstart your day with a tasty treat.
12. Crisp Black Bean Tacos with Feta and Slaw
This best part about this recipe (aside from the tasty flavor of the finished product) is the fact that you probably have all of these ingredients in your house already, which means it is really easy to whip up. The beans are creamy in texture, which pairs perfectly with the crunch of the coleslaw and the crispy taco tortilla shell.
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