Taco Tuesday is our favorite day of the week. But the usual suspects (read: ground beef with shredded cheese and basic fixings) can get a little, well…boring. Spice things up with these 57 taco recipe ideas, aka more than a year’s worth of weekly meals that your dinner guests will go gaga for. Whether you’re all about fork-tender birria, spicy shrimp or crispy cauliflower, these dishes will bust you out of your recipe rut for good.

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1. Crispy Cauliflower Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, high protein, kid-friendly
BRB, going for a swim in homemade queso. The cauliflower is coated in taco-seasoned flour before being baked to crispy perfection.

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2. BLT Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, high protein, kid-friendly
The black pepper bacon cooks on a baking sheet in the oven for minimal mess and maximum crunch.

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3. Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

  • Time Commitment: 7 hours and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, slow cooker recipe, high protein
Just season, set and forget the pork shoulder in your Crockpot until it’s fall-apart juicy and soft.

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4. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Blue Cheese Crema

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, beginner-friendly
Taco Tuesday does Meatless Monday. (The funky blue cheese crema would taste great on cheeseburgers, too.)

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5. Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, pescatarian, high protein
One bite and boom: You’re at the beach with a cocktail in hand, preferably a margarita.

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6. Pancake Tacos with Cheese and Bacon

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, high protein
We have a feeling these will become your kids’ new favorite breakfast. Drizzle theirs in syrup and yours in hot sauce.

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7. Flank Steak Tacos with Cucumber Salsa

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, special occasion-worthy
The salsa is crunchy, citrusy and ridiculously refreshing, meaning it's just the ticket for your first alfresco dinner party of the year.

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8. Poblano and Mushroom Tacos with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, beginner-friendly
File under Sneaky Ways to Convince Kids to Eat Vegetables. (Thanks, goat cheese.)

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9. Chicken Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: high protein, kid-friendly
The only downside to hard taco shells? All the filling falls out once you take a bite. These are fried after being filled, so all the goods (read: rotisserie chicken and cheese) stay in place. Genius.

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10. Roasted Salmon Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: pescatarian, high protein, special occasion-worthy
Complete with grilled pineapple salsa and vegan cashew-lime crema.

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11. Jackfruit Tacos with Grilled Pineapple

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, high protein
This tangy tropical fruit is the ultimate plant-based meat alternative. Use non-dairy cheese instead of queso fresco to make the tacos vegan.

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12. Grilled Carne Asada Tacos with Boursin Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, special occasion-worthy, one pan
Marinating the flank steak in apple cider vinegar and lime juice helps tenderize the meat.

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13. Spicy Sweet Potato Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, <30 minutes, <10 ingredients
The recipe calls for shredding the sweet spuds with a box grater, but you can get the job done even faster by using a food processor with a grater attachment.

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14. Crispy Baked Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: pescatarian, special occasion-worthy, high protein
Nothing says summer quite like lime-kissed, battered tilapia. Feel free to add sliced avocado and pickled onions before digging in.

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15. Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser
Drape corn tortillas over your oven racks to turn them into taco shells with flat bottoms.

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16. Chicken Tinga Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, one pan, beginner-friendly
Starring a punchy chipotle blender sauce that will keep your guests from realizing you started with rotisserie chicken.

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17. Cauliflower and Plantain Tacos with Lemony Pesto Dressing

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, special occasion-worthy
Swap the plantain for yam or the cauliflower for broccoli if you’d like. (P.S.: Save some pesto to stir into fresh pasta.)

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18. Slow Cooker Korean Short Rib Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 8 hours and 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: slow cooker recipe, one pot, crowd-pleaser, high protein
The briny dill pickle cuts right through the heat of the gochujang.

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19. Rajas con Hummus Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian
A dollop of labneh? Don’t mind if we do. For the uninitiated, these are loosely inspired by rajas con crema, a Mexican dish starring sliced poblano peppers and cream.

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20. Fried Egg Breakfast Tacos with Hot Honey

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 5 minutes (includes infusing honey)
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser
Psst: Drizzle the leftover hot honey on pizza, fried chicken, roasted veggies, turkey sandwiches or even vanilla ice cream. Thank us later.

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21. Biscuit Lime Fish Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: pescatarian, high protein, beginner-friendly
The only thing better than fried fish? Fried fish on a flaky biscuit. (They start with canned biscuit dough, BTW.)

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22. Easy Black Bean Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, high fiber, beginner-friendly
Greek yogurt-lime crema > store-bought sour cream. The recipe calls for canned beans, so it comes together in a flash.

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23. Fried Avocado Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, vegetarian, special occasion-worthy
Consider these a one-way ticket to your happy place. (Hi, serrano cream sauce.)

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24. Grilled Fish Tacos With Mango Salsa & Avocado Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, pescatarian, special occasion-worthy
Creole-spiced cod meets mango pico de gallo and the tangiest, creamiest avocado crema of all time.

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25. American Breakfast Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly
To the maple syrup versus hot sauce dilemma, we say: ¿Por qué no los dos? Substitute breakfast sausage or chorizo for bacon if you'd prefer.

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26. Carne Asada Street Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, high protein, crowd-pleaser, one pan
Carne asada + onion + lime + cilantro = proof that sometimes, less is more. (Although a dollop of guac wouldn't hurt.)

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27. Life-Changing Crispy Baked Fish Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: pescatarian, crowd-pleaser, high protein
These panko-crusted gems are topped with cilantro-lime slaw and four-ingredient chipotle crema.

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28. Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, pescatarian, one pan
Oh, honey-sweet chili mayo, where have you been all our life? The shrimp are coated in buttermilk batter and panko breadcrumbs and fried, so they're shatteringly crisp.

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29. Birria Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, high protein, kid-friendly, one pot
If you’re not washing each birria taco down with a shot of the savory stew juice (aka consomé), you’re doing it wrong.

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30. Quinoa Black Bean Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, one pot
A healthy vegetarian main worth adding to your weekly rotation. Plate the leftover filling atop a bed of greens to make a quick salad.

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31. Baked Beef Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, high protein
The melted cheese in these baked tacos will make this your new favorite way to prep the meal. Trust.

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32. Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Instant Pot recipe
Complete with garlicky, herbed ranch dressing from scratch. Fresh cabbage, lime and avocado cut through right through the heat of the Buffalo sauce.

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33. Epic Vegetarian Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, kid-friendly
There’s truly no such thing as too many pickled onions. The same goes for creamy avocado dip and cotija cheese.

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34. Korean Beef Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser
You had us at caramelized kimchi (OK, and again at sriracha mayo). The beef's seasoning would taste great on salmon or tofu, too.

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35. 20-Minute Jackfruit Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, <30 minutes, <10 ingredients
Canned green jackfruit does it again. In terms of texture, it's a lot like pulled pork.

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36. Ground Turkey Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, <30 minutes
Just as easy to prepare as beef, but with a fraction of the fat.

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37. Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Garlic Cilantro Lime Slaw

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: pescatarian, high protein, special occasion-worthy
Pop the shrimp on the grill instead of cooking them in a skillet if the weather allows.

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38. Vegetarian Crispy Cactus Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, special occasion-worthy
Nopales, no problem—especially when they’re drizzled in avocado sauce and black bean-corn relish.

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39. Philly Cheesesteak Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, kid-friendly, one pan
Behold, the most epic sandwich-inspired mashup we never knew we needed.

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40. Shrimp Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: pescatarian, high protein
We love you, yogurt slaw. Toss the leftover shrimp atop kale, spinach or lettuce for tomorrow’s lunch.

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41. Ground Beef Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, high protein, <30 minutes
How pretty is the cherry tomato pico de gallo?

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42. Egg Tacos with Roasted Poblano, Onion and Corn Salsa

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, high protein
Make double of the salsa to pair with grilled steak, pork chops, shredded chicken or seared fish. (You can also mix it into grain bowls or salads.)

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43. Griddled Chipotle Chicken Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, high protein
They’re stuffed with chicken, refried beans, onions and cheese, then toasted like a quesadilla.

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44. Grilled Chipotle Fish Tacos with Peach Salsa

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: pescatarian, high protein, special occasion-worthy
Choose your favorite white fish or make the tacos vegan by substituting Portobello mushrooms or tofu instead.

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45. Squash Tacos with Chile Peanut Salsa

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free
These have unexpected Thanksgiving appetizer written all over them.

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46. Salsa Verde Lentil Tacos with Mango-Pomegranate Pico

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: vegan, dairy free, one pot
Go the extra mile and make your own salsa verde, or save time with canned salsa verde or green enchilada sauce.

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47. Greek Lamb Tacos with Minted Yogurt Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, high protein
Who knew tacos and gyros got along so well? Don't even get us started on the bonus herbed caper sauce.

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48. Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly
No wonder they say everything’s bigger in Texas: These are piled high with a generous dose of home fries.

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49. Slow Cooker Tacos Al Pastor

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: slow cooker recipe, one pot, high protein, special occasion-worthy
This summery meal stars roasted pork shoulder and pineapple.

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50. Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, pescatarian, high protein
If you’re not into spicy food, this rendition of rajas trades poblano peppers for cool zucchini.

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51. Street Corn Chicken Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, kid-friendly, special occasion-worthy
Four words: Jalapeño. Lime. Cashew. Sauce.

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52. Pea Guacamole and Seared Halloumi Soft Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, beginner-friendly
If you think meatless tacos are boring, seared slabs of salty halloumi cheese will change your mind.

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53. Grilled Steak Tacos with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, special occasion-worthy
Catch us making these for every barbecue we ever host. Might we suggest finishing them off with a drizzle of chipotle mayo?

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54. Mushroom Al Pastor Tacos with Garlic Lime Special Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, one pan
Swap pork for meaty cremini mushrooms in chipotle-pineapple marinade.

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55. Blackened Salmon Tacos with Forbidden Rice and Mango Guacamole

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: pescatarian, high protein, special occasion-worthy
Heart-healthy never looked so damn delicious. The salmon is baked, but you can also grill or sear it on the stovetop.

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56. Ground Beef Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, high protein
OK, we said no run-of-the-mill ground beef tacos. But we’d be lying if we said they didn’t hold a special, nostalgic place in our hearts (and tummies).

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57. Chocolaty Dessert Taco Bar

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy
Cookie shells filled with chocolate mousse and topped with everything from berries to edible rose petals? Swoon.

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