National Taco Day Recipes

National Taco Day Recipes
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National Taco Day Recipes

National Taco Day is here! Celebrate with our favorite taco recipes!

Barbacoa Beef Cheek Tacos

The beef cheeks, marbled and melting after more than three hours in the oven, absorb the spices, coffee, chile and peanut butter from the marinade and sing with the freshness of the lime juice in which they’re braised. Add a warm corn tortilla, some addictive pink pickled onions, a slab of avocado, and a fistful of cilantro leaves, and you’ve got an epic taco. Make sure to save any leftover onions! We’ve used them on toasts with smoked salmon, in watercress salads, and on top of burgers.

Get the Recipe: Barbacoa Beef Cheek Tacos

Vegetarian Taco Salad

Nobody will miss the meat in this colorful, zesty vegetarian taco salad made with onions, tomatoes, fresh corn, beans, chili powder, oregano and cilantro.

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Chili-Spiced Skirt Steak Tacos

Super-fresh ingredients like the pico de gallo, avocado salsa and fresh cabbage fill these carne asada (steak) tacos.

Get the Recipe: Chili-Spiced Skirt Steak Tacos

Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos

Skinless turkey thighs and drumsticks are packed with flavor; they're also low in fat and high in protein and essential minerals like selenium. In this recipe, braise the meat in beer until ultra tender, then shred it for tacos.

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Crunchy Tofu Tacos

This recipe calls for the playful combination of ingredients like the fried tofu and peanuts.

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Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos

These tacos are a great way to eat heart-healthy salmon. Top the fish with crunchy cabbage - a traditional taco garnish that has all kinds of vitamins and minerals, like vitamins A and C and calcium. The tangy apple-cucumber salsa is juicy, crisp and full of fiber.

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Duck Confit Tacos

Store-bought confit duck legs make these tacos really easy. Another shortcut: crisping the skin in a microwave.

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Beef Taco Salad

Classic taco ingredients like tomato, onion and cheddar cheese plus a flavor-packed sauce turn a simple dish into something spectacular.

Get the Recipe: Beef Taco Salad

Korean Steak & Mushroom Tacos with Kimchi

For a bit of fusion try these Korean meets Mexican tacos. The spicy, pickled flavor and crunchy texture of kimchi, the Korean cousin to sauerkraut, is just right on these Korean steak-and-mushroom tacos. Serve with steamed brown rice and sautéed bok choy with chili-garlic sauce.

Get the Recipe: Korean Steak & Mushroom Tacos with Kimchi

Soft Tacos

Ground beef simmers with South-of-the-border spices in these soft-shell tacos, filled with ground beef, shredded lettuce and cheddar cheese.

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Grilled Chicken Tacos

These simple but delicious grilled chicken tacos turn out beautifully! The meal is simply seasoned with fresh lime juice, salt, sweet paprika, and dried parsley.

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Scrambled Egg and Swiss Chard Tacos

These delicious vegetarian tacos are packed with scrambled eggs, sautéed Swiss chard and tomatoes, then topped with salsa verde and sour cream.

Get the Recipe: Scrambled Egg and Swiss Chard Tacos

Fish Tacos with Creamy Lime Guacamole and Cabbage Slaw

Fish tacos are a staple among California surfers but are often beer-battered and fried. This healthier, grilled version enriches the guacamole with low-fat sour cream.

Get the Recipe: Fish Tacos with Creamy Lime Guacamole and Cabbage Slaw

Black Bean and Vegetable Tacos

Soft tortillas are filled with a colorful combination of sautéed carrot, black beans and corn enhanced with chili powder and picante sauce.

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Grilled Steak Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Grill the chorizo, the cheese and even the chiles for the salsa in these tacos!

Get the Recipe: Grilled Steak Tacos with Avocado Salsa


Get ready for a fiesta! National Taco Day is here, and it's time to celebrate the festive food holiday with delectable taco recipes. From chipotle-rubbed salmon tacos to duck confit tacos and even taco salads, we've compiled recipes for every taste.

Check out the slideshow above for the ultimate guide to taco-making.

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