Over sixty easy and delicious taco recipes that are guaranteed to please! Plan your next taco night, party, or easy weeknight meal with ideas for chicken, beef, pork, seafood, and more.
Today we are rounding up our very best taco recipes! Everyone loves a good taco and today we are sharing all of our favorite ways to make this crowd-favorite meal.
When it comes to an easy and affordable meal for any occasion, we always turn to tacos. They are great for parties, quick weeknight meals, and so much more.
It's pretty incredible that there are almost endless ways to create tacos. Grab some flour or corn tortillas, add protein and toppings, and you instantly have a super tasty meal.
So today we celebrate the humble taco! We've got authentic Mexican tacos, Tex-Mex favorites, and even some unexpected taco fillings you should definitely try. Find ideas for all different proteins, plant-based tacos, and more.
Why We Love Tacos
- Versatile: Tacos may be one of the most versatile and adaptable foods out there! They can be made with almost any combination of protein, toppings, and tortillas. All of these recipes can be easily adapted to work for your tastes, dietary needs, or budget.
- Great for a crowd: When it comes to feeding a large group, tacos are such a great option. You provide the filling, tortillas, and toppings and everyone can make a meal that they love! Plus it's a great way to stretch proteins.
- Customizable: Taco recipes are so easy to customize. Make them spicy or mild. Change up the protein. Add different veggies or toppings. Try out different salsas and cheese. Think about these taco recipes as a jumping-off point.
- Great for meal prep: Most taco recipes are perfect for meal prep! Pack up the leftover taco filling and serve it as tacos, lettuce wraps, burrito bowls, and more.
Chicken Taco Recipes
Whether you want delicious chicken street tacos, classic shredded chicken tacos, or something more creative - we have plenty of ideas for how to turn a plain chicken breast or chicken thigh into something delicious.
Make grilled, slow cooker, or sauteed chicken tacos, and if you are pressed for time, you can always use a store-bought rotisserie chicken for a quick and easy healthy taco filling.
The best Chicken Street Tacos with juicy chicken marinated in lime juice and spices. Served in toasted corn tortillas with cilantro, onion, and salsa.
Make these delicious Chicken Tinga Tacos in less than 20 minutes! Shredded chicken in a slightly spicy chipotle tomato sauce piled high in corn tortillas with all the best toppings.
Try Baked Crispy Chicken Tacos for a simple meal that’s loaded with bold flavors and textures. This Mexican-inspired dish features shredded chicken, refried beans, veggies, and melty cheese all stuffed inside corn tortillas.
Slow Cooker Jalapeno Chicken Tacos are paired with a creamy cilantro sauce for an easy, gluten-free dinner that couldn’t be more delicious. This dreamy dish is quick, wholesome, and beyond delicious.
These Easy Chicken Soft Tacos use a homemade taco seasoning mix made with items right in your pantry and are ready in under 15 minutes!
Grilled Chicken Tacos marinated in lime juice and homemade taco seasoning come out juicy and tender every time. These healthy chicken tacos pack a flavor punch and couldn't be easier to make.
These Chicken Taco Bowls are the best easy dinner or meal prep lunch! Packed with seasoned chicken, rice, black beans, and all your favorite taco toppings. Ready in 30 minutes!
Delicious Slow Cooker Barbacoa Chicken that's cooked with chipotle peppers for an easy and flavored filled filling for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more.
Pollo Pibil is made with citrus-marinated chicken thighs that are slow-cooked to perfection. This iconic Mexican dish can be prepared in a slow cooker, Instant Pot, or popped into the oven for an ultra-satisfying dinner.
Baked Chicken and Bean Taquitos made with just 5 ingredients you already have in the house. These healthy baked taquitos are less than 100 calories each, filled with flavor, and taste delicious.
These crispy Chicken Carnitas couldn't be easier to prepare and make the best chicken taco filling. These carnitas are healthy, full of flavor, and a great alternative to traditional carnitas.
Easy Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with green salsa couldn't be easier to make and can be used for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads, and more.
Beef Taco Recipes
Although we all love the classic American Tex Mex taco with ground beef, taco seasoning, and tons of cheese - there is a whole world of beef tacos you need to try!
From delicious grilled carne asada to melt-in-your-mouth slow cooker beef tacos, we've got plenty of ideas for taco night!
Steak Tacos made with plenty of lime juice and a quick homemade spice rub can be grilled, broiled, or cooked in a skillet for an easy and healthy meal that is ready in less than thirty minutes.
Say goodbye to those pesky premade seasoning packets! These Ground Beef Tacos are so delicious you’ll wonder why you never tried them sooner. This 20-minute taco recipe is easy, flavorful, and perfect for the whole family!
Slow Cooker Tri-Tip Tacos are made with juicy, fork-tender beef and your favorite toppings for a melt-in-your-mouth meal you won’t be able to get enough of. Serve these delicious tri-tip tacos with rice and beans or a side salad for the ultimate healthy weeknight meal!
Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef is satisfying, flavorful, and perfect for loading into tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. With just 5 minutes of prep time, this is the ultimate healthy recipe for taco nights, weeknight dinners, and dinner parties alike.
Blackened Steak Tacos are made with tender, juicy steak coated in the most delicious spices. Add all your favorite toppings for the best twist on steak tacos. These delicious and easy-to-make tacos are the perfect main course for any barbecue or family dinner.
Authentic Carne Asada marinated in a combination of lime juice, orange juice, and cilantro is packed with flavor, makes for the most delicious tacos, and will quickly become a favorite meal.
Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa makes the most amazing and authentic Mexican tacos and they are good for you with just 250 calories per serving.
This Beef Birria, or Birria de Res, is a Mexican shredded beef dish made with a flavorful combination of dried chile peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and broth. This tender and juicy be birria is perfect for tacos, burritos, tortas, and more!
Zucchini Taco Boats have all the flavor of tacos with lean ground turkey, peppers, onions, salsa, and cheese. They are a healthy and low carb option for taco night!
Sweet, spicy, and completely addicting, you will seriously love these Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos. Plus they couldn't be easier to make!
Pork Taco Recipes
The most popular of all pork tacos are probably carnitas but it's not the only way to make pork tacos! From tender pork cooked in salsa verde to the easiest skillet pork tacos flavored with citrus, you'll find something you want to try!
Easy Healthy Carnitas that can be made Slow Cooker or Instant Pot that are actually good for you. Use them in tacos, quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, salads, and more. These are so so good and couldn't be easier to make.
Delicious and easy pork tacos that are ready in less than 30 minutes! Crispy browned edges, tons of citrus flavor, and the perfect amount of spice.
Slow Cooker Chorizo Spiced Pulled Pork has all the flavor of a traditional Mexican chorizo but in a lightened up slow cooker meal made with pork tenderloin.
Chile Verde that can be made with chicken or pork and can be made in the slow cooker, the Instant Pot, or right on the stove top. This real deal Mexican dish is seriously good.
Slow Cooker Korean Pork is sweet, spicy, and incredibly easy to make. Use it in tacos, sandwiches, salads, and rice bowls for a delicious dinner with plenty of leftovers for lunches. This healthy dish will quickly become a family favorite.
Seafood Taco Recipes
When it comes to making healthy tacos, seafood is one of my all-time favorite options. Throwing grilled fish into a warm corn tortilla and loading it up with cabbage, guacamole, and salsa is one of the best things around.
Make sure to think about variety when it comes to seafood tacos. You can make tacos with almost any kind of fish or shellfish! We love a good shrimp taco!
Blackened Fish Tacos are the ultimate twist on classic fish tacos. Made with blackened white fish that's topped with a mouth-watering mango salsa, this irresistible taco recipe is bound to become a new household favorite.
Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Slaw with the perfect homemade spicy seasoning make the best seafood tacos and are so easy to make. Ready in less than 20 minutes!
Get ready to take your classic fish tacos to the next level with these mouth-watering Salmon Tacos! Made with blackened salmon and a flavorful corn salsa packed into warm tortillas, this easy healthy recipe makes the perfect addition to taco night.
These Fish Tacos with Lime Slaw couldn't be more delicious or easy for that matter. They come together in less than thirty minutes and are as good as any restaurant dish.
These easy fish tacos have the most amazing spice blend and are served with an avocado and lime crema that is so so good.
Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa are packed with sweet and spicy flavors from an easy homemade spice rub for the shrimp and the best mango and black bean salsa on top.
These Cajun Shrimp Tacos with spicy and smoky flavors are ready in less than fifteen minutes for a dinner everyone will love.
These simple Fish Taco Bowls are perfectly spicy with a delicious lime cabbage slaw and creamy avocado for a low-carb alternative to fish tacos.
Fish tacos are a fresh, flavorful, and vibrant meal that highlights the bold flavors of Mexico! Flaky cod is coated in a dry spice rub, then pan-seared until crispy, flaky, and tender. Serve it inside warm corn tortillas with shredded cabbage, lime, and cilantro for the ultimate meal!
Vegetarian Taco Recipes
Looking for an easy meatless meal? Tacos are such a good option. No one ever misses the meat with these hearty plant-based tacos.
Plus most of the tacos are naturally healthy featuring tons of fresh veggies and beans. Many can be made in under 15 minutes on the stove and there are also some delicious grilled and slow cooker options as well.
These easy roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos are made with the most delicious homemade taco seasoning. They are easy to make, filling, and full of flavor. No one will miss the meat in these tasty vegetarian tacos.
Black Bean Tacos are made with a flavorful combination of black beans, veggies, and fresh cilantro for out-of-this-world flavor. Serve these vegan-friendly tacos on their own or alongside rice for the ultimate healthy lunch or dinner.
These easy Veggie Tacos packed with portobello mushrooms, fresh zucchini, corn, and red onion couldn't be more delicious. Make them on the grill or in a skillet. Then pile them up with all your favorite taco toppings, salsa, and more.
The easiest healthy Butternut Squash Tacos with spicy butternut squash, black beans, cilantro, and queso fresco. Ready in less than 30 minutes and no one will miss the meat!
Portobello Mushroom Tacos make the most amazing vegetarian meal packed with mushrooms, peppers, onions, garlic, and herb avocado salsa. In just 15 minutes, make delicious vegetarian tacos everyone will love.
These zucchini tacos with the most amazing cilantro and avocado cabbage slaw and black beans are the perfect vegetarian tacos. Ready in less than 20 minutes!
This Rajas con Queso is a traditional Mexican guisado made with the most delicious blend of poblano peppers, onions, corn, and cheese. Serve this creamy, slightly spicy dish in tortillas or with chips.
Make these delicious Mushroom Tacos for your next vegetarian taco night! These vegetarian tacos are packed with crispy seasoned mushrooms and all the best toppings. No one will miss the meat!
More Taco Recipes We Love
We couldn't wrap up this list without sharing some of our favorite taco-inspired recipes! Think taco soups, casseroles, skillet meals, and more! Plus some of our favorite taco recipes using ground turkey.
These delicious Taco Bowls with Cauliflower Rice can be made in under 20 minutes and are low-carb, Whole30, and Paleo-friendly. No one will miss the carbs in this filling, healthy meal.
These easy-baked crunchy taco cups are filled with black beans, peppers, onions, and cheese for a delicious appetizer or fun twist on taco night.
Made with eggs, hash browns, turkey bacon, and your favorite toppings, Breakfast Tacos are the perfect way to start the day. This classic breakfast recipe is easy to make and guaranteed to satisfy the whole family!
Easy ground turkey tacos made with just four simple ingredients - lean ground turkey, taco seasoning, salsa, and corn tortillas that are baked in the oven to create the best crunchy taco shells.
This filling Turkey Taco Salad is made with delicious ground turkey taco meat, black beans, crispy tortilla strips, avocado, cheddar cheese, and lots of fresh vegetables. Easy, filling, and healthy.
Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps make a a healthy, delicious Mexican meal and are ready in about 20 minutes. All the taste without all the calories.
This easy Turkey Taco Skillet made with ground turkey, beans, brown rice, corn, and bell peppers comes together in about thirty minutes and is perfect for taco night.
The best salsa verde ground turkey tacos are made with store-bought green salsa and ready in just 15 minutes. Serve this amazing taco meat as tacos, quesadillas, burritos, or taco bowls!
Healthy Taco Casserole with ground turkey, pinto beans, corn, salsa, and cheese makes a healthy, easy, and filling meal your whole family will love.
Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos with salsa verde and cranberries are the easiest 5 ingredient tacos and couldn't be more delicious for a quick dinner.
Healthy Taco Soup is packed with chicken breast, beans, corn, tomatoes, and tons of taco flavor. Cooked in the slow cooker or on the stovetop, this healthy dish will feed a crowd and couldn't be easier to make.
Tortillas, Toppings, and Sides
It's almost impossible to talk about tacos without also talking about everything you need to finish the meal. We are talking about tortillas, toppings, and sides!
Tortillas & Taco Bowls
These days there are almost endless options to work with any dietary needs. You can find traditional corn and flour tortillas plus a huge selection of grain-free options made with almond flour, cassava flour, coconut flour, and more.
Tacos can also be easily transformed into bowls and lettuce wraps! Serve your tacos on a bed of greens, cauliflower rice, steamed rice, or quinoa.
It's easy to get carried away with the taco toppings and we are all guilty of piling on an absurd amount of sour cream or cheese from time to time. However, there are so many tasty taco toppings out there to try!
- Pico de gallo
- Salsa verde
- Corn salsa
- Pineapple salsa
- Mango salsa
- Ranchero sauce
- Creamy chipotle sauce
- Shredded lettuce or cabbage
- Cheese: Shredded, queso fresco, or queso cotija
- Diced onions or pickled onions
- Mexican coleslaw
- Avocado or guacamole
- Sour cream or Greek yogurt
Taco Side Dish Ideas
Although many times we simply serve tacos as the entire meal, it's nice to make some side dishes as well. Here are some of our favorite taco side dishes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most common questions about making tacos.
There are so many different ways to fill tacos but the most traditional filling are chicken, beef, pork, beans, and seafood. The most standard toppings are salsa, cilantro, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and avocado or guacamole.
Street tacos are served with meat, cilantro, diced onion, and salsa. The salsa could be red salsa or green salsa. That's it! They are quick tacos, normally served from street-side taco carts.
To make the very best tacos, follow these simple steps:
- Tortilla: Start by choosing corn or flour tortillas. Both should be heated up before adding the taco filling for the best-tasting taco.
- Taco filling: Almost any protein or vegetable can be used in a taco! Chicken, beef, pork, fish, beans, mushrooms, zucchini, or shrimp. Since tacos are eaten with your hands, make sure to cut the protein into bite-sized pieces that are easy to chew.
- Toppings: Now add all your favorite toppings, complementing the flavors in the filling. Salsa, cilantro, onion, avocado, sour cream,, lettuce, tomatoes, and guacamole are the most common.