21 GREAT Taco Recipes You Haven’t Tried Yet

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Dragons love tacos, kids love tacos, so even if it’s not Taco Tuesday you can still make it a Taco Night. We made it easy for you and rounded up 21 great recipes for every type of taste bud. From tacos with tropical flair to ones you can make in your slow cooker, flip through the gallery to discover your new favorite recipe.

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No Guilt Turkey Tacos

Instead of ground beef, these tacos call for turkey, so they’re a lot less “guilty” while still tasting delicious. So go ahead and serve yourself a second, we promise the whole fam will be gobbling them down in a flash. Get the recipe here.

Crispy Tacos with Cheddar & Avocado

The crispy corn tortilla, creamy avocado and crunchy lettuce make a winning triumvirate worthy of the dinner table. Plus, it all can be pulled together in under 15 minutes, which makes it perfect for a weeknight supper. Interested? Click here for the entire recipe.

Jerk Chicken Tacos with Herbed Schmear

These delightful tacos by Dani at The Growing Foodie combine the savory flavors of jerk chicken and grilled peppers with the smoothness of cream cheese, making for a delicious riff on the classic taco that are perfect for little appetites and little hands.

Slow Cooker Cheddar Beer Tacos

This recipe is sure to become one of your favorites, thanks to your trusty crock pot, which makes the prep work on this dish a breeze. Should you decide that you don't want to use beer in your recipe, you can substitute it with chicken broth for an equally delicious dish. When it comes to summertime and finger food, these tasty little tacos from Eat. Drink. Love are pretty hard to top. Click here for the recipe.

Taco Bento Lunchbox

Lunch boxes are no longer just a place where PB&J and fruit juice packs rule. In fact, packing a lunch has become an art -- you want your kids to nosh on healthy (and tasty) food without making the choices too mundane from day to day. One great way to mix up your kids' lunch is with a bento style lunch box that will have your little foodies super excited for lunchtime. We love this taco bento lunch box from 3 Boys and a Dog is simple, healthy, and fun. Click here for the full how-to.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos

Make it a meatless Monday with this recipe that comes to us from Kids Cook Mondays and Alysa of Inspired RD. With winter’s root vegetables in season, grab a few sweet potatoes (roasting gives them a hint of smoky flavor) and pair with black beans. Your kids will have fun customizing their own tacos with their favorite combination of avocado, lettuce and green onions. Get the recipe here.

photo: Danielle Walker

Slow Cooker Chipotle Tacos

Free from grains, glutens, diary and refined sugars, this tasty Mexican faire is guaranteed to satisfy while keeping your tot’s palate healthy. Created by Danielle Walker, acclaimed food blogger and author of New York Times bestseller, Against All Grain, this recipe is a winner. Get the slow cooked goodness here.

Fish Tacos

Skip the battered fish tacos and try these fresh tilapia tacos instead from food blogger, Marissa of OMGFood. You'll say, "OMG this is so good" after taking a bite. Click here for the full step-by-step recipe.

Slow Cooker Tropical Tacos

You don't need to jet to a tropical island to enjoy a taste of paradise. Follow this recipe from Real Food by Dad blog for a burst of summertime flavor. For the scoop click here.


The Easiest Turkey Taco Salad

It doesn't get much easier than this 5-ingredient taco salad from the food blog, Sweet Phi. If you dare go above the 5 ingredients feel free to sub in or add your own toppings suited to your kiddos' taste buds. Either way, we promise this dinner will be one of the easiest and tastiest you've ever made. Get the recipe here.

Lentil and Sweet Potato Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Tacos don't have to be piled high with meat or fish. Even those following a vegan diet can get in on the taco fun thanks to this recipe from Veggies Don't Bite. The filling is sweet and smoky, and the entire dish is vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. Click here for the scoop.


our kids love potatoes. They also love tacos. Why not combine the two to make one fab meal? Catherine McCord of Weelicous did just that and the result is brilliant. Click here for the recipe.

Vegan Mexican Taco Bowl

If you love tacos but want to change up your Taco Tuesday routine, turn to this recipe from Sophia at Veggies Don’t Bite (they really don’t!). All of your favorite flavors and textures come together, but in a different form. Click here for the simple, vegan AND low-fat recipe.


Slow Cooker Ground Beef Tacos

Did you know that homemade taco seasoning is as easy to make as heading to the store and buying the packet yourself? Take it from food blogger and mom of two, Amy of Wholesomelicious who makes her own taco seasoning for these slow cooker ground beef tacos. The best part? After mixing everything in the crock pot, dinner is ready in a mere 4-6 hours, so you can just walk away. Get the details on how to do this tonight here

Carne Asada Soft Tacos

Created by food blogger Jenny at Picky Palate, these assemble-your-own carne asada tacos will have the kiddos jumping at the chance to make second and third helpings! Let them pick out their own toppings and these will undoubtedly become a much-requested meal. Get the scoop on making your own here

Crispy Cauliflower & Potato Tacos

Crunchy, crispy, creamy–you can already tell this cauliflower and potato taco is going to be a smash hit with the kids, no meat required. Baked, not fried, this stellar recipe from Veggies Don’t Bite is as healthy as you can get! Grab the how-to and make them tonight. 

Balsamic Skirt Steak Tacos with Blue Cheese & Chimichurri Sauce

If you’ve never tried chimichurri sauce you’re missing out. Not only is it packed with flavor, but it’s simple to make and you can slather it on almost any kind of meat to boot. Check out this recipe from food blog, Ginger and Toasted Sesame that showcases an easy way to put a twist on your next taco night. And, feel free to sub any of the ingredients like the Blue Cheese if your kids’ palates are into more subdued flavors. Grab the full recipe here

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

For a hearty meal that the whole family will love, you’ve got to try this delish slow cooker meal courtesy of Jessica from Lanc Foodie Girl. It only takes three ingredients, but you can also jazz the tacos up with your favorite toppings. Get the recipe here

Steak & Pineapple Tacos

Savory steak and sweet pineapples! We would have never tried this amazing combination if it weren’t for food blog The Rustic Willow who dreamed up this awesome combo. Lunch or dinner this meal will be a huge hit with your youngsters, especially when it’s in an easy-to-eat wrap. Or, serve it buffet-style so kids can make their own portions. Click here for the full recipe.

Pulled Pork Tacos

Keep your dinner routine hassle-free with these slow cooker pulled pork tacos. Created by Leah Singer of Leah’s Thoughts (she’s also Red Tricycle’s San Diego Editor), these pulled pork tacos can be prepped in the morning and by evening they’re ready to serve. Pick up toppings like cheese, salsa, lettuce or avocado and let your kids create their own. Click here for the recipe.

Paprika Portabella Tacos

In this delicious family-friendly recipe, earthy Portabella mushrooms are seasoned with lemon pepper, apple cider vinegar and paprika before being wrapped up in soft corn tortillas. Your kiddos will love customizing these tacos with their favorite combos of cabbage, cilantro, onion, avocado and salsa. Plus, this vegetable recipe is healthy and meat-free! Great delicious, no-fuss kids food. Grab the recipe here

—Erin Lem


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