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.
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Best Taco Recipe Ideas
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. Sometimes I even take a shortcut and use leftover rotisserie chicken!
- 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!
- Shredded cheese
- Diced tomatoes
- Sliced olives
- Red salsa or salsa verde
- Hot sauce
- Cilantro lime crema
- Green or red onion
- Guacamole or sliced avocado
- Sour cream
- Pico de gallo
- Mango salsa
- Cilantro lime dressing
- Pickled onions
Side Dishes for Taco Tuesday
Tacos are filling (especially with lots of toppings), so you don’t necessarily need a Mexican 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.
- Chips and salsa
- Cilantro lime rice or Mexican rice
- Mexican street corn
- Fajita veggies
- Mexican salad
- Black, pinto or refried beans
- Mexican cornbread
The story is that the tradition started in 1989 and was trademarked by the popular taco chain “Taco John’s”. It’s not only a catchy phrase but a great way to satisfy your taco cravings!
Other than the above listed side dishes you can try guacamole, pico de gallo, Mexican street corn salad and refried beans.
Traditional Tacos + Slow Cooker Tacos
These are all of the tried and true taco 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!
- Easy Ground Beef Tacos. Perfectly seasoned in a crunchy taco shell. Delicious and top it how you like!
- Steak Tacos. A flavorful marinade makes these tacos outstanding!
- Slow Cooker Carnitas. Pork is simmered in flavorful seasonings, shredded and makes the best tacos. Also try Instant Pot carnitas!
- Tilapia Fish Tacos. Flaky fish tacos are drizzled with the best fish sauce for an amazing taco dinner!
- Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos. Your favorite bang bang shrimp in taco form!
- Carnitas Tacos. How to build the perfect carnita taco starts with perfectly shredded carnita pork.
- Slow Cooker Pork Tacos. Pork sirloin tip roast is slow simmered in enchilada sauce for the best sauce and tender taco filling.
- Ranch Chicken Tacos. Dry ranch seasoning is the secret ingredient in these tacos.
- Shredded Beef Tacos. Tender shredded beef is the star of the show in these and it’s all hands off in the slow cooker!
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos. Another crockpot favorite that returns delicious results!
- Skirt Steak Tacos. Bring Mexican street food tacos into your kitchen with these melt in your mouth steak tacos.
- BBQ Chicken Tacos. Add a sweet taste to your tacos by adding BBQ!
- Instant Pot Chicken Tacos. The beauty of these tacos is that you can use fresh or frozen chicken!
- Flank Steak Tacos. Grilled steak is piled high on tortillas and then topped with all your favs!
- Birria Tacos. Made with slow simmered beef birria, these tacos are better than any taco truck made right in your own kitchen.
Healthy Taco Dinners
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!
- Easy Taco Salad Recipe. Lighter but still loaded with all your favorites. Add a few tortilla strips for some crunch!
- Shredded Chicken Taco Salad. Simple, flavorful and delicious every time.
- Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls. Chicken, rice, beans and corn are layered in the pressure cooker for a dinner that is ready in 30 minutes!
- Taco Lettuce Wraps. No on will miss the tortilla in these fun lettuce wraps that are filled with all the taco taste.
Creative Taco Night Ideas
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.
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!
- Taco Braid. When some of the family wants pizza and the other tacos, make this to satisfy everyone!
- Walking Taco. Not just for a school lunch of the concession stand, these tacos are a favorite to make at home!
- Easy Navajo Tacos Recipe. Make homemade fry bread for this delicious Southwest version of a taco.
- Taco Pockets. Family friendly and a delicious spin on a taco!
- Breakfast Tacos. Eat them for breakfast, eat them at dinner, it doesn’t matter the time of the day, they are delicious no matter the time of day you eat them.
- Taco Cups. Make them for a an appetizer on taco Tuesday or enjoy them as meal!
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.
- Easy Taco Soup Recipe. Cozy with all your familiar taco taste, this soup is the perfect way to warm up!
- Taco Casserole. Crowd pleasing with all your favorite taco flavors, this dish is ready in only 15 minutes.
- Slow Cooker Taco Lasagna. I love a good hands off meal and this is a favorite.
- Crescent Roll Taco Bake. This recipe takes a shortcut with a can of crescent rolls and no one can resist it!
- Best Instant Pot Taco Soup. My favorite taco soup made even easier in the pressure cooker!
- Chicken Taco Soup. Hearty, flavorful and ready in 30 minutes!
- Easy Taco Dip Recipe. Serve with tacos or on it’s own this dip is ready in only 15 minutes and will be a hit at parties or on taco Tuesday!
The Full List of Taco Tuesday Recipes
Don’t let just Tuesday stop you from enjoying Taco tuesday recipes any night of the week! These are the best taco ideas from traditional to creative. Customize them to how you like and enjoy.
Taco Tuesday Recipes
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- Add the ground beef and onion to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until browned, stirring occasionally breaking up any large pieces.
- Drain off any extra grease after it is browned then add taco seasoning, salsa or tomato sauce and water. Bring to a light simmer adding more water as needed.
- Serve in for tacos, taco salads or burritos.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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