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32 Creative Taco Recipes For Cinco De Mayo And Beyond

Let's give 'em something to taco 'bout.

If you ask me to name my favorite food ever, tacos would be a very top contender. Wrap just about anything in a tortilla and you've got an easy, delicious, and comforting meal. Here are some of the very best taco recipes I've come across for your cinco de mayo celebration, taco Tuesday, or really any time at all.

1. Rick Martinez's Pork Volcánes al Pastor

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Pork shoulder is marinated in a blend of guajillo and morita chiles, achiote paste, garlic, and fresh citrus juice. Then it's baked in the oven until super crispy.

Recipe: Rick Martinez's Pork Volcánes al Pastor

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2. Healthy Baked Salmon Tacos

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Sometimes simple is best, like in the case of these no-frills baked salmon tacos. They're nutritious yet comforting at the same time.

Recipe: Healthy Baked Salmon Tacos

3. Aarón Sánchez's Carne Asada Tacos

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The homemade tortillas are totally optional, but the salsa de arbol is an absolute must: this blended sauce made with chiles, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and spices takes these grilled flank steak tacos to the next level.

Recipe: Aarón Sánchez's Carne Asada Tacos

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4. Instant Pot Beef Birria Tacos

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This savory braised beef filling comes together in the Instant Pot, which saves you lots of cooking time. The best part of all, though, is the outrageously good broth made with chiles, garlic, onion, and lots of spices.

Recipe: Instant Pot Beef Birria Tacos

5. Marcela Valladolid's Baja-Style Fish Tacos

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The secret to these light and airy yet crispy fish tacos is the batter, which is made with with dark Mexican beer, flour, salt, and pepper. Top them with a sour cream and citrus sauce plus some shredded cabbage for crunch.

Recipe: Marcela Valladolid's Baja-Style Fish Tacos

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6. Chorizo Tacos

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Because chorizo is pre-seasoned and packs lots of flavor, you don't need many ingredients to whip up this dish. Try turning them into breakfast tacos with the help of scrambled eggs and avocado.

Recipe: Chorizo Tacos

7. Korean Beef Tacos

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This Korean-Mexican fusion dish calls for spicy marinated beef served in charred tortillas and topped with kimchi, sesame seeds, and cilantro.

Recipe: Korean Beef Tacos

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8. Chicken Tinga Tacos

The key to these pulled chicken tacos is the tomato-based marinade. It's made with sweet onion, garlic, chipotle peppers in adobo, fire-roasted tomatoes, and spices, which are pulsed in the blender until smooth and creamy.

Recipe: Chicken Tinga Tacos

9. Rick Martinez's Duck Carnitas Tacos With Radish Escabèche

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Tacos worthy of a special occasion, these duck carnitas are worth every ounce of the effort. There's a bit of cooking involved, but you can bake the duck legs up to three weeks in advance.

Recipe: Duck Carnitas Tacos With Radish Escabèche

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10. Mexican Street Corn Chicken Tacos

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We all know street corn is one of the best Mexican side dishes, so why not use it to enhance your tacos?

Recipe: Mexican Street Corn Chicken Tacos

11. Chickpea Tacos With Slaw

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These vegetarian-friendly tacos call for chickpeas, which are seasoned with cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne, then roasted until crispy. To make these vegan, just use a non-dairy yogurt in the sauce.

Recipe: Chickpea Tacos With Slaw

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12. Barbacoa Beef Tacos

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Start with a cheap cut of beef like chuck roast. It gets so tender when cooked in the slow cooker that you can basically shred it with two works.

Recipe: Barbacoa Beef Tacos

13. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Tacos

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Brunch, anyone? These lox and egg tacos pair perfectly with Micheladas.

Recipe: Smoked Salmon Breakfast Tacos

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14. Vegan Birria Tacos

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This meatless take on birria tacos calls for a mixture of jackfruit and shredded oyster mushroom, but you could choose one or the other. Dipped in the fragrant chile-spiced broth, it's a convincing substitute for the traditional beef or lamb filling.

Recipe: Vegan Birria Tacos

15. 15-Minute Turkey Tacos

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These ground turkey tacos are easy, affordable, and on the table in about 20 minutes. Of course, you can always use ground chicken, beef, or even your favorite plant-based meat substitute.

Recipe: 15-Minute Turkey Tacos

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16. Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

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These shrimp aren't dredged in flour or breadcrumbs; they're simply coated in spices and still manage to get super crispy thanks to the air fryer.

Recipe: Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

17. Roasted Butternut Squash and Mushroom Tacos

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This recipe calls for baby Bella mushrooms, but use whatever you can get your hands on or a mix like oyster mushrooms, shiitakes, or creminis. Together with black beans and roasted sweet potato, this combination is totally meatless but still very filling.

Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash and Mushroom Tacos

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18. Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos

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While these crispy, spicy shrimp tacos might not be a traditional taco filling, they are seriously satisfying. It's all about the spicy sauce made with mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, honey, and hot sauce.

Recipe: Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos

19. Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Garlic Cilantro Lime Slaw

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Marinated in chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper, these shrimp pack serious flavor. And paired with the tangy, cool garlic lime sauce, they're bound to be a hit.

Recipe: Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Garlic Cilantro Lime Slaw

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20. Grilled Chicken Street Tacos

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The key to the most flavorful chicken tacos is using dark meat: boneless, skinless chicken thighs are the way to go.

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Street Tacos

21. Crispy Black Bean Tacos With Cilantro Lime Sauce

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When you combine golden-brown crispy tortillas, savory black bean filling, and creamy dipping sauce, you know there are good things ahead.

Recipe: Crispy Black Bean Tacos With Cilantro Lime Sauce

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22. Sheet Pan Hawaiian Pineapple Shrimp Tacos

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You can never have too many sheet pan recipes in your dinner rotation. Here, even the jalapeños are roasted in the oven and then blended into a decadent sauce with a good kick.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Hawaiian Pineapple Shrimp Tacos

23. Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos

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Carnitas are easy to make, but they require several hours of cooking to get them really tender. Rather than watch the oven all day long, toss pork shoulder, citrus juice, garlic, and some spices into your slow cooker and just wait for dinner to cook itself.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos

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24. Easy Skillet Migas

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The ultimate breakfast, this Tex-Mex staple is made by stirring tortilla chips in scrambled eggs until soft. Eat them with a fork or add them to tortillas and enjoy as tacos.

Recipe: Easy Skillet Migas

25. Spicy Salmon Tacos

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If you're looking for a weeknight meal that can be on the table in 30 minutes flat, this recipe is for you. Salmon is rubbed in a chipotle marinade, baked until flaky, then served in tortillas with a citrusy, creamy sauce.

Recipe: Spicy Salmon Tacos

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26. Vegan Jackfruit "Carnitas"

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If you've never had jackfruit before, this fruit takes on the texture of pulled pork and the taste of whatever sauce it's cooked in, making it an ideal vegetarian substitute for carnitas.

Recipe: Vegan Jackfruit "Carnitas"

27. Huli Huli Chicken Tacos

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These tacos get a Hawaiian twist thanks to a pineapple, soy, and garlic marinade and a sweet-meets-tangy mango and avocado slaw.

Recipe: Huli Huli Chicken Tacos

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28. Mushroom Al Pastor Tacos

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Mushrooms are a delicious meat substitute, especially when they're sautéd in a sweet and spicy blend of garlic, chili powder, paprika, chipotle chilies, and pineapple. The yogurt sauce is a delicious addition, but these tacos taste amazing with a simple squeeze of lime.

Recipe: Mushroom Al Pastor Tacos

29. Chipotle Cauliflower Tacos With Garlic Aioli

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30. Grilled Steak Tacos

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Fire up the grill for these steak tacos. The ingredients are simple — flank steak, citrus juice, and some spices — but the flavors are incredible.

Recipe: Grilled Steak Tacos

31. Air Fried Avocado Tacos

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Cut an avocado into thick slices and dredge the pieces in egg and flour seasoned with garlic powder, paprika, and more spices. Pop it into the air fryer for about 10 minutes and you'll have crispy-on-the-outside-creamy-on-the-inside avocado fries that make for a delicious taco filling.

Recipe: Air Fried Avocado Tacos

32. Blackened Fish Tacos With Creamy Avocado Sauce

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Start with any flaky white fish like tilapia, hake, cod, or mahi mahi to make these summery tacos. The fish is baked from start to finish, but it still manages to get nice and crispy.

Recipe: Blackened Fish Tacos With Creamy Avocado Sauce

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