Exotic Taco Recipes That Will Inspire You to Celebrate Taco Night All Week Long

Baja Fish Tacos
Photo: Karla Conrad

Say hello to your new favorite taco recipe. We've got healthy fish taco recipes, modern street taco recipes, and even kid-friendly ground beef taco recipes that will leave you inspired to celebrate your way through the week. Whichever easy taco night menu you choose, the results are guaranteed to be delicious!

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Yucatán-Style Fish Tacos

Yucatán-Style Fish Tacos green oregano leaves red cabbage
Blaine Moats

Yes, you can slow cook seafood. This fish taco recipe is flaky and flavorful proof. Opt for a sturdy white fish like cod, then you'll essentially poach it in a mixture of orange juice, vinegar, and garlic. Annatto, which comes from the seeds of the achiote tree, offers a sweet, peppery note and a sunshine-like hue. Who needs to fuss with frying when lightened-up fish tacos like these offer such an explosion of flavor?

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Beef Birria Tacos

Beef Birria Tacos
Dera Burreson

Birria is a beloved, traditional slow-cooked goat stew that's been made in Jalisco, Mexico, since at least the 1950s. But birria tacos recipes like this one boomed in popularity in the late 2010s after taco trucks serving the succulent meaty tacos alongside broth for dipping became Instagram all-stars. Our riff on the classic Mexican recipe starts with easy-to-acquire beef chuck roast or beef shank. The warm and spicy seasoning mix plus copious amounts of toasted chiles make the tomato and beef broth blend so complex and layered, we'd drink it straight with a spoon. (It's even better as a dipping sauce for the beef tacos!)

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Pork Carnitas Tacos with Cherry-Chipotle Salsa

Pork Carnitas Tacos with Cherry-Chipotle Salsa
Blaine Moats

Braised pork shoulder is fall-apart tender after simmering for a couple hours alongside cherries, onion, garlic, and a few herbs and spices. It sounds like an odd mix but trust us: This pulled pork taco recipe will instantly earn a spot on your must-make-again list.

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Cauliflower-Corn Tacos with Pico Verde

Cauliflower-Corn Tacos with Pico Verde
Blaine Moats

What a time to be alive. Not only can cauliflower be riced, steaked, winged, and of course roasted, steamed, and souped, this cauliflower recipe is evidence that it can be wrapped in a taco too. Its mild flavor plays nicely with corn, onions, and poblanos. All of the above simmer down to creamy-textured, spiced-right status with taco seasoning in a slow cooker. Just before serving this easy taco recipe idea, toss together the zippy avocado and cucumber pico verde for a bright finishing touch.

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Skirt Steak Tacos with Rajas (Creamy Poblanos and Onions)

Skirt Steak Tacos with Rajas (Creamy Poblanos and Onions)
Blaine Moats

Seeking a steak taco recipe that looks as impressive as it tastes? Here's your supper savior. Although the garlicky pepper and onion sauce might help the beef taco recipe's flavor edge out the eye-appeal.

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Beer-Braised Chicken Tacos with Toasted Cumin Guacamole

Beer-Braised Chicken Tacos with Toasted Cumin Guacamole in pan with tortillas on the side
Brie Passano

You'll want to raise your glass to this Mexican beer-braised shredded chicken taco recipe. Besides being piled high with juicy, poblano-spiced chicken, the tacos showcase toasted cumin guacamole . Worried about the weight of your fillings? Simply add another tortilla to make them two-ply!

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Mushroom, Kale, and Egg Tacos

Mushroom, Kale, and Egg Tacos on blue tile counter
Jason Donnelly

Breakfast taco recipes are all the rage at trucks and restaurants around the country—and for good reason. They're eggs you can enjoy on the go and can easily be doctored up with a variety of mix-ins and condiments. For these scrambled stars, we recommend kale for nutrition, mushrooms for earthiness, and chiles because a taco wouldn't be the same without them.

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Shrimp Tacos with Lime Slaw

Shrimp Tacos with Lime Slaw
Blaine Moats

Winner, winner, weeknight dinner! Since the protein featured in this shrimp taco recipe cooks so fast, the entire easy feast can be on your table in less than 20 minutes after the marination. "This was excellent," raves one BH&G home cook. "The flavor of the chipotle pepper [which we suggest mixing with sour cream for a tortilla spread] was a perfect match for this dish."

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Korean Chicken Tacos

Korean Chicken Tacos
Karla Conrad

This isn't your standard grilled chicken taco recipe. A ginger-, soy-, and chili-garlic sauce gives the sautéed chicken an unexpected Korean verve. The kimchi topping provides a region-appropriate (and totally tasty) addition as part of the unique taco night menu.

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"Beef" Picadillo-Style Tacos

"Beef" Picadillo-Style Tacos
Blaine Moats

Picadillo, not to be confused with pico de gallo, is a Latin American ground beef-based dish that calls for tomatoes and olives, raisins, and other mix-ins depending on what region and family prepares the savory dish. To make this concept sharable for diners following all diets, we swap in plant-based meat and use the classic cozy dish as the inspiration for the full taco night ingredient line-up. Tuck the cumin- and coriander-spiced "meat" and potatoes inside corn tortillas for a stick-to-your ribs meatless meal.

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Peruvian-Style Chicken Tacos

Peruvian-Style Chicken Tacos
Karla Conrad

Prefer your food more on the mild side? These taco night ingredients aren't as spicy as some of the others in this best taco recipe list, making this Peruvian twist perfect for anyone who doesn't love flaming heat. With ground chicken, potatoes, and dried plums, each serving still packs plenty of flavor—and makes for a hearty meal.

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Thai Pork Shredded Tacos with Sriracha Slaw

Thai Pork Shredded Tacos with Sriracha Slaw
Andy Lyons

This slow cooker pork taco recipe is perfect for feeding a crowd. Juicy tenderloin makes for a scrumptious filling after a few hours in the slow cooker, and the spicy sriracha slaw on top adds punch to each mouthwatering bite. After the roast is done cooking, all that's left to do is shred the meat, stuff it inside corn tortillas, and top with a little (or a lot) of the spicy slaw.

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Fish Tacos with Roasted Tomato Salsa

Fish Tacos with Roasted Tomato Salsa
Andy Lyons

You go, grill. Grab your grated pan or fire up a charcoal grill to char up this tasty and light fish taco recipe. Cod, halibut, and sea bass all work wonderfully as the starring protein. Paired with an easy homemade roasted tomato salsa, these tacos are fresh and filling.

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Sesame Garlic Beef Tacos

Sesame-Garlic Beef Tacos
Blaine Moats

Grab your passport! This ground beef taco recipe will transport you to another part of the world. Soy sauce, sesame oil, and crushed red pepper season the meat with a healthy dose of Asian flair. Pickled cucumbers and red cabbage round out the eclectic and exciting meal.

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Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Lime Crema

Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Lime Crema
Blaine Moats

A good meat marinade can take already-tasty tacos to new appetizing heights. Try our lime-chipotle paste for steak that will earn rave reviews. Then balance the savory elements of this beef taco recipe with a dollop of cool lime crema.

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Jackfruit and Spinach Tacos

Jackfruit and Spinach Tacos
Jason Donnelly

This vegan taco night menu option tastes just like pulled pork! Jackfruit, a trendy meat substitute, easily takes on the flavors of what you cook it with. Here, we jazz it up with onion, garlic, cumin, and chipotle peppers.

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Thai Chicken Tacos

Thai Chicken Tacos
Blaine Moats

Let there be peace on Earth—or at least around the table—with this boundary-spanning, crowd-pleasing creation. The global street taco recipe offers a taste of the East and West in one handheld meal. Fresh cilantro (feel free to skip it if you have the cilantro-averse gene!), peanuts, and chili sauce blend with chicken and warm corn tortillas for a bold marriage of elements from Thailand and Mexico.

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Vegan Tempeh-Walnut Tacos

Vegan Tempeh-Walnut Tacos
Matthew Clark

Meatless eaters will go nuts for this ground "beef" taco recipe. Instead of actual beef, the satisfying filling features walnuts and tempeh, a soy-based meat substitute. That dynamic duo stokes this vegan recipe with a surprising amount of protein (20 grams).

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Pork-Wasabi Tacos

Pork-Wasabi Tacos
Baline Moats

Get a taste of the taco-truck trend without stepping foot outside of your front door thanks to this Asian-inspired fusion dish. A hoisin sauce marinade and wasabi-laced dressing pair with a napa cabbage slaw for an exotic take on a pork taco recipe. Instead of a tortilla, layer it all atop a warm, puffy naan or flatbread.

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Catfish and Slaw Tacos

Catfish and Slaw Tacos
Andy Lyons

Who needs frozen fish sticks when you can catch a more delicious seafood snack? (Or when you can make 'em from scratch in about 30 minutes.) Cornmeal-crusted catfish adds a fun crunch kids will love. To finish this quick fish taco recipe, tuck in a spicy homemade coleslaw tempered with lime.

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Pollo Dorado Tacos (Golden Chicken Tacos)

Pollo Dorados Tacos
Blaine Moats

Add some crunch to the celebration with this fried shredded chicken taco recipe. Since the rolls are filled, wrapped, then fried, both the filling and the shell get an extra shot of richness. Balance the warm chicken with a sprinkle of crumbled queso fresco and a side of fruit salsa.

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Pork Verde Tacos

Pork Verde Tacos
Peter Krumhardt

Slow-cook pork roast in a blend of vegetables, chiles, and peppery spices for bold, tender results. Add green salsa for the last 30 minutes of simmer time to give this pork taco recipe its name and a fresh, saucy finish. From there, amp up the green vibes by serving the tacos with shredded cabbage, lime wedges, and a simple jalapeño sauce.

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Baja Fish Tacos

Baja Fish Tacos
Karla Conrad

You'll feel swept away to a sandy beach after just one bite of this fish taco recipe. A crunchy cabbage-and-cilantro slaw freshens the flaky beer-battered snapper filets. Creamy, buttery avocado slices complement the spicy salsa atop it all.

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