15 Delicious Ways to Make Every Day Taco Tuesday

From Steak to Salmon

Carne Asada Tacos

 The Spruce

Tacos are fun to make and eat and don't require any expensive ingredients, which makes them perfect for feeding a crowd. All you need is a taco shell, some type of filling, lettuce, salsa, and sour cream and you're good to go. Add a little guacamole, sliced radishes, pickled onions, or shredded cabbage to level it up. They're also endlessly versatile, working well both with or without meat.

For a fun do-it-yourself meal, have diners assemble their own tacos. Just put out everything the recipe calls for (and more toppings if you'd like) and let everyone have fun creating their own edible masterpiece.


  • Remember to heat the taco shell before serving, for both hard and soft-shell tacos. Warming it up makes the taco shell more tender and easier to eat, plus it blends better with the fillings. For hard shells, set them on a baking sheet and wrap soft shells in foil, then heat in a 350 F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until warm. 
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    Sweet and Spicy Tacos al Pastor

    Tacos al Pastor

     The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    These savory, and spicy tacos use an Instant Pot or a slow cooker to give the signature adobo, chile, and vinegar pork its tender, low-and-slow flavor and texture without the rotating spit you'd traditionally need. Pineapple adds a tropical sweetness and the tacos taste great topped with crumbled cotija cheese, chopped onions, salsa, and diced avocado.

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    Grilled Salmon Tacos

    Grilled Salmon Taco Recipe
    Regarding BBQ Inc.

    Grill salmon with a Mexican-inspired spice rub, then cut the fillets into bite-sized pieces for smoky fish tacos. Top them with avocado, red onion, ranch dressing or sour cream, and tomatoes or salsa for delicious tacos. They taste great on warmed soft tortillas. Either corn or flour work just fine.

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    Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

    Pulled Chicken Tacos

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Use your Instant Pot to make this simple chicken taco that's easy enough for a weeknight meal. A few simple spices you probably already have in your cabinet give it Mexican flavor in a flash. Just add your favorite taco toppings and you've got dinner!

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    Buffalo Chicken Tacos

    Buffalo chicken tacos


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    The flavors of Buffalo chicken wings taste fabulous in taco form. Use the meat from a rotisserie chicken along with some Buffalo wing sauce, celery, onion, garlic, tomatoes, avocados, and a blue cheese salad dressing for a spicy take on your favorite chicken wings without the bones.

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    Birria Tacos

    Mexican Birria

     The Spruce

    This typical Jalisco street food takes some time and effort, but the result is worth it. The recipe includes several different types of chiles, but feel free to use whichever dried ones you can find. Goat meat is the traditional protein, but you can also use pork, beef, or a mixture, too. You will also need a Dutch oven with a rack inside to cook the meat.

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    Vegetarian Tofu Tacos

    tofu tacos

     Laurel Randolph

    Break up firm tofu into chunks and sauté with spices like cumin, chili powder, and paprika for a delicious vegetarian taco. Make a light and easy slaw to top it all off, and serve with tangy salsa verde. To make it vegan, leave out the cheese or swap it out with a nondairy option.

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    Chorizo and Avocado Breakfast Tacos

    Chorizo and Avocado Breakfast Tacos

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Yes, you should be eating tacos for breakfast! These savory tacos use tater tots, eggs, chorizo sausage, and your other favorite taco seasonings for a delicious start to your day. Try them for Cinco de Mayo or anytime you want a little South-of-the-border flare.

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    Beef Tacos

    Ground Beef Tacos Recipe

     The Spruce

    Believe it or not, these ground beef tacos were actually invented by a Scandinavian woman. They're easy to make and a smart budget stretcher since it calls for affordable ground beef. This recipe comes out very mild, so if you prefer tacos hot enough to sear your tongue, add some minced chile peppers. Jalapeños add a mild heat, while Serrano chiles are hotter, and habaneros—watch out!

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    Meatloaf Tacos

    Meatloaf Taco

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    This recipe is a fabulous way to use up leftover meatloaf, and it gets dinner on the table in just 25 minutes. Canned refried beans, onion, tomato sauce, salsa, sour cream, and any other toppings that strike your fancy round it all out. Avocado would add a creamy element that would taste great with the meat.

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    Grilled Shrimp Tacos

    Grilled Shrimp Tacos

    Leah Maroney

    Try these zesty shrimp tacos for an easy meal that uses just the grill. A spicy aioli slaw gives it both crunch and extra flavor and topping it with crumbly cotija cheese would add authentic flare. A spritz of lime juice over the whole thing enhances the taste, so serve with lime wedges on the side.

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    Turkey Tacos

    Turkey tacos recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Mocanu

    Ground turkey makes a lighter alternative to beef, but it tastes just as great in tacos when cooked up with some cumin, chili peppers, and cayenne. Garnish with shredded cheese, guacamole, lettuce, or whatever taco toppers you like best.

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    Carne Asada Tacos

    Carne Asada Tacos

     The Spruce

    Skirt steak marinated in cumin, lime juice, and garlic then grilled gets tender and lightly spiced, perfect for these easy tacos. Serve it on corn tortillas with sliced jalapeño, diced onion, salsa, and any other ingredients you like. Cook the steak just until medium-rare for the best texture.

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    Halibut Tacos with Spicy Slaw

    Halibut Tacos with Spicy Radicchio-Avocado Slaw
    Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Grilled flaky Halibut marinated in a Mexican-spiced blend tastes great when topped with a spicy radicchio-avocado slaw and spooned into warm corn tortillas for a unique twist on standard fish tacos. The buttery fish contrasts well with zesty radicchio and creamy avocado, but you can substitute cabbage for the radicchio if you prefer.

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    Middle Eastern Pita Tacos

    Middle Eastern Pita Tacos

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    Swap out the tortilla for a pita, spice grilled chicken breast strips with cumin, add a tart lemon-tahini sauce, and toss it all together with some cucumber, tomato, carrots, and red onion for a Middle Eastern take on tacos. They taste like a cross between chicken souvlaki and tacos—a truly delicious and unique meal.

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    Gluten-Free Beef and Avocado Tacos

    Ground beef tacos with avocado

    Sean Locke / Stocksy United

    You will never miss the gluten in these simple and delicious beef and avocado tacos. Make sure to use gluten-free taco seasoning and always read the ingredient list on anything you purchase, to ensure it doesn't have gluten in it. Top with shredded cheese, avocado, chopped tomato or salsa, and minced onion.