Taco Tuesday Ideas

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    Your favorite night of the week just got a whole lot more delicious with these amazing Taco Tuesday recipes! Whether you’re looking for traditional tacos, creative ideas, easy slow cooker recipes and more, you’ll find it all here. 

    If there’s one meal that I could eat every day and never get sick of, it’s TACOS! I love all things Mexican food (chips and salsa, enchiladas, taquitos), but especially love tacos. I just can’t get enough of the crispy tortillas, seasoned meat and flavorful toppings.

    collage of taco tuesday recipes

    If you know me, you know that Tuesday’s are my favorite night of the week for dinner. Why, you ask? Taco Tuesday! Having a day during the week that’s dedicated to my absolute favorite Mexican dinner is like a dream come true. Give me ALL the tacos!

    There are so many fun ways to make them and with this amazing list of Taco Tuesday recipes, you’ll never get bored! Serve in a tortilla, make a salad or bowl, or set up an easy taco bar when hosting a dinner party. Any of these meal ideas are bound to be a hit!

    Assembling your tacos

    The best part about making tacos is that there are so many delicious ways to enjoy them. Once you’ve chosen a base, the type of meat you’d like and your favorite seasoning, then it’s time to get started.

    • Base: The traditional base is a corn or flour tortilla. You can use a lettuce wrap to keep it light, or use other fun ideas like Indian fry bread or even Doritos to make a walking taco.
    • Meat: There are so many different types of meat to choose from. Keep it classic with ground beef taco meat, or use shredded chicken, steak, carnitas or sweet pork. You can even use seafood like shrimp or tilapia.
    • Seasoning: Don’t forget to season your meat for extra flavor! Taco seasoning or fajita seasoning both work great. Feel free to add in a squeeze of lime juice, chopped cilantro or a dash of hot sauce or red chili flakes.

    Toppings and condiments

    Next comes the toppings! You can use as many or as little as you’d like. I’m a toppings girl, so I especially love to load up mine with shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, sour cream and some sliced avocado. The options are endless!

    Side dishes for tacos

    Tacos are filling (especially with lots of toppings), so you don’t necessarily need a side dish. But if you’re serving a crowd or want to make sure you have enough leftovers for the next day, try serving them with one of the delicious sides below.

    Traditional + slow cooker

    These are all of the tried and true recipes that you would see on the menu at your favorite Mexican restaurant. The beauty of these recipes is that they are easier, less expensive and some can even be made in the crockpot!

    beef tacos
    Ground Beed Tacos
    Crispy and delicious tacos filled with seasoned ground beef and all your favorite toppings. These easy ground beef tacos are simple, flavorful and ready in just 20 minutes! 
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    steak tacos on white plate
    Steak Taco Recipe
    Celebrate taco night with these juicy steak tacos! Coated in a a flavorful marinade, then served with warm tortillas and all your favorite toppings. A delicious dinner idea that will be on repeat! 
    Total Time: 52 minutes
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    carnitas tacos on a taco holder stand
    Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe
    These slow cooker carnitas are super easy to make and taste great in tacos, nachos, enchiladas or burritos! So tender and full of flavor.
    Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
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    sweet pork tacos on a white plate
    Sweet Pork Recipe
    Slow Cooker Sweet Pork - Made with 5 ingredients and only takes 5 minutes of prep work! Tastes great in tacos, burritos, salads and enchiladas! This sweet pork recipe is SO simple to make and full of flavor!
    Total Time: 8 hours
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    slow cooker chicken tacos in taco shell
    Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken
    A tried and true family favorite recipe that takes just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep! Quick, easy and healthy. This crockpot ranch chicken is so juicy, tender and full of flavor!
    Total Time: 6 hours
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    shredded beef taco recipe
    Shredded Beef Tacos
    These shredded beef tacos are a great meal for busy school nights. They are so simple - the slow cooker does all the work for you. The whole family will love them!
    Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
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    Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos - 5 minutes to prep and it tastes like it came from a Mexican restaurant!
    Crockpot Chicken Tinga Recipe
    A delicious crockpot chicken tinga recipe that tastes like it came straight from a Mexican restaurant. So easy and only takes 5 minutes to prep. These tinga tacos are authentic and amazing!
    Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
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    For a lighter alternative, try swapping the classic tortillas for a lettuce wrap or some chopped greens. You can also keep the toppings healthy with some fresh pico de gallo, guacamole, grilled corn and a dollop of greek yogurt. Healthy tacos don’t have to be boring!

    how to make taco salad
    Taco Salad
    A delicious and easy taco salad recipe that's made in just 20 minutes! Filled with chopped greens, taco meat, rice, corn, beans, tomatoes and your favorite salad dressing.
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    chicken taco salad with salsa ranch dressing in a white bowl
    Chicken Taco Salad
    Shredded chicken taco salad loaded with lettuce, black beans, grilled corn, avocado, tomatoes and bell peppers. Topped with a creamy ranch salsa dressing. Simple, flavorful and delicious!
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    lettuce cup with taco meat and pico de gallo
    Taco Lettuce Wraps
    Taco Lettuce Wraps - A healthy, flavorful and delicious alternative to hard shell tacos. Plus they're paleo, Whole30 and gluten-free!
    Total Time: 15 minutes
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    taco bowl with toppings
    Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowl Recipe
    Easy instant pot chicken taco bowls that take just 5 minutes of prep. A family favorite meal idea that's perfect for busy weeknights. Just simply dump and go! 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Creative ideas

    If you’re looking for a fun way to spruce up Taco Tuesday, try any of these delicious and creative ideas below. These aren’t your traditional recipes, but they will definitely make their way into your list of favorites!

    walking taco in a dorito bag
    Walking Taco Recipe
    Walking tacos are a simple and delicious dinner idea with hardly any clean up. Your favorite taco meat and toppings served in a bag of Fritos or Doritos. These tacos are perfect for parties and potlucks! 
    Total Time: 15 minutes
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    navajo taco with hamburger and sour cream
    Navajo Taco Recipe
    Easy and delicious Navajo tacos made with crispy fry bread and loaded with your favorite taco toppings. A tasty dinner that the whole family will love! 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    taco pocket on white plate
    Taco Pockets
    These easy taco pockets are made with a flaky pie crust, seasoned taco meat, colby-jack cheese and fresh salsa. A super flavorful and delicious recipe that makes a great appetizer, afternoon snack or easy dinner idea. 
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    mexican breakfast taco with toppings
    Breakfast Tacos
    Turn a popular dinner idea into a breakfast favorite with these Mexican breakfast tacos. Easily made in just 15 minutes and perfect for serving a crowd! 
    Total Time: 15 minutes
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    Other fun taco variations

    Reinvention has never been so delicious. Why not take all of the same yummy flavors and create a totally new dish? Your family will never get bored of Taco Tuesday with these fun variations.

    Taco soup
    Best Taco Soup
    The world's best taco soup recipe that's fast and easy to make in one pot with staple ingredients! This taco soup is by far the most requested meal at my house.
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    taco casserole
    Taco Casserole
    This taco casserole has delicious layers of ground beef, beans, corn, tortilla chips and cheese. Baked to perfection and ready in just 15 minutes. 
    Total Time: 15 minutes
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    taco lasagna in crockpot
    Slow Cooker Taco Lasagna
    Layers of tortillas, cream cheese, beans, taco meat, enchilada sauce and cheese. This slow cooker taco lasagna is perfectly creamy, cheesy and has tons of flavor. 
    Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
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    chicken taco bowl topped with sliced avocado, sour cream, cilantro, fresh limes and tortilla chips
    Chicken Taco Bowl Recipe
    Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Bowls - A delicious taco bowl loaded with cilantro lime rice, seasoned chicken, black beans and corn. Easily made in the slow cooker and dinner is ready when you are! 
    Total Time: 4 hours
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    chicken taco soup in bowl
    Chicken Taco Soup
    Easy chicken taco soup made in just one pot in 30 quick minutes. Our favorite hearty and flavorful soup recipe to enjoy during the fall season. 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    So, which recipe are you excited to try first?

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