15 Taco Recipes
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Hey guys, it’s Hayley with this week’s roundup!
When I was little I only knew two kinds of tacos — soft tacos from Taco Bell (with shredded cheddar, sour cream and not-so-crispy-lettuce) that my mom and I would order once in a blue moon, and the hard shell tacos commonly present for lunch at school (I really didn’t like those). Luckily I’m older and wiser and everyone has finally caught onto the meaning of true authentic Mexican tacos. The kinds with corn tortillas, non-watery salsas, fresh toppings like cilantro and radishes and onion, and meat that has been marinated for several hours and then roasted into submission. Thank goodness, because I seriously can’t get enough of these kinds of tacos. Just hold the cilantro please. (Sorry, I have that gene.)
I have a fond memory of me and my husband’s honeymoon to Tulum last summer, where we ventured out of our little nook in the jungle into town for late night tacos. We went to a place called Antojitos La Chiapaneca, a wonderful dive of a spot with a bright red walls and a thatched roof, known for its tacos al pastor. Late at night it comes alive with locals — singles, couples, lots of families (we were the only gringos in the place), and we loved it. We stuffed our tummies with the the most succulent, flavorful tacos, and didn’t feel guilty about it either, because they were super cheap and amazing.
It’s funny how drastically my feelings toward tacos have changed since I was little. I can’t tell you the last time I went to Taco Bell, but I can tell you that I jump at the chance to order really yummy tacos whenever I can, and — even more — love making them at home when the craving strikes. There’s an overwhelming goldmine of awesome, creative taco recipes on the web, and most of them are on food blogs. The flavor profiles are endless, and I plan on continuing to make my way from recipe to recipe to try them all! But for now, we wanted to bring you 15 taco recipes today that should totally be on your radar. From some Korean Fried Chicken Tacos that we can’t wait to sink our teeth into, to some Huevos Rancheros tacos that need to be on our weekend breakfast menu, to homemade Barbacoa made in the slow cooker, to veggie tacos that won’t make you miss the meat — we promise there’s a taco for everyone here.
So don’t wait till Tuesday! Grab those tortillas today and taco it up!
Greek Fish Tacos | Gimme Some Oven
Korean Fried Chicken Tacos with Sweet Slaw, Crunchy Noodles + Queso Fresco | Half Baked Harvest
Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Margarita Mango Salsa and Jalapeño Crema | How Sweet It Is
Barbacoa | Gimme Some Oven
Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce | Cookie and Kate
Cajun Fish Tacos | Curious Nut
Huevos Rancheros Tacos | Diethood
Buffalo Chicken Tacos | Gimme Some Oven
Vietnamese Banh Mi Street Tacos | A Spicy Perspective
Portobello Tacos with Vegan Jalapeño Sauce | Love and Lemons
Chipotle Shrimp Tacos | Heather Christo
Slow Cooker Tacos Al Pastor | Gimme Some Oven
Caramelized Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa | Pinch of Yum
Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos | Two Peas and Their Pod
Thai Chicken Tacos | Mountain Mama Cooks
I was just out for tacos last night and loved trying several different kinds. Now I can’t wait to make my own!!
Yay, we’re glad you enjoy the roundup!
This just goes to show that you can never get too many taco recipes! Bringing out that Mexican Hat because we are going to P-A-R-Tee!
Tom, we couldn’t agree more! hehe :D
Ali, Taco Bell was my introduction to “Mexican” food, and I’m grateful for that introduction (I would never have gotten to love green chiles without them), but anyone who appreciates real Mexican food probably wouldn’t patronize Taco Bell… :-) It’s wonderful that you had such a great experience in Tulum. There is way more to Mexican food than one can get in most American restaurants. This collection of recipes is quite impressive. The one I’ll probably have to try first is Tacos Al Pastor.
You included my huevos rancheros tacos!! Thanks sooooo much! ♥
I fell in love with tacos back in the “Yo quiero Taco Bell” commercial-days. :-D Thank GOD I learned that Taco Bell is NOT Mexican cuisine. hehe
You’re so welcome! And I’m glad I’m not the only one! So glad the Taco Bell days are over. :)
Ah I love a good taco! This roundup is so amazing I have to share it on my blog. Hope that’s ok!
Thanks Sandra, and of course that’s fine, as long as you could just link back. :) Cheers!
Taco night is always a good idea! Thanks for including our cauliflower tacos!
You’re so welcome Maria, we love them! :)
All of these recipes look delightfully tasty, Ali! Can’t wait to try Shrimp Tacos!
Thank you! Definitely not a good idea to look at all of these while you’re starving (I made that mistake when I was hunting for them)! haha
I love the post, but I’ve got to disagree on the Taco Bell front. I grew up in South Texas, where many of my closest friends’ parents were either immigrant or first-generation Texans. We ate amazing Mexican foods from various regions on an almost daily basis (tacos were eaten more often than burgers by far). However, both I and my friends who had incredible authentic Mexican cuisine at home many nights did (and occasionally still do) eat at Taco Bell. I don’t know if it is just a cultural difference from my background, but it never occurred to us that Taco Bell was supposed to be Mexican food. We just thought of it as American fast food, more along the lines of McDonald’s or Jack in the Box. I don’t think that liking Mexican food and liking Taco Bell are necessarily mutually exclusive, but then, I guess I just didn’t really ever try to compare them.
That’s a good point, Ally! I totally agree with you that Taco Bell is American fast food. I guess I never thought of it that way, since I used to always think it was just Americanized Mexican, like so many other Mexican restaurants in this country. I’ve never thought it was true Mexican food (which of course doesn’t mean you can’t still know and love true Mexican food and Taco Bell at the same time).
Thank you Ali & Hayley for some great taco ideas. Not only have you satisfied my meat craving but there’s some great vegetable ideas too, for a meat free Monday. Pinning for later :) xx
Hey! I’m Italian, and I can’t wait to try this out. Still, I got a suggestion for you : an Italian type of taco, we call them “piadine”, try to fill one taco with onions, zucchini, carrots, (everything must be fresh and chopped like spaghetti), tomatoes (cut in 6 slices), fresh olive oil, salt, parsley, broccoli in pieces, and some small meatballs (made out of simple meat, eggs and bread). Lemme try if you like it :)
Ofc, u need to cook the veggies first with some olive oil and water, forgot to say that :”D
I am going to be putting a few of these to use over the next few weeks for our family Taco Tuesday nights. Especially the slow cooker Tacos Al Pastor.