8 Offbeat But Surprisingly Delicious Loaded Tacos (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

There’s no denying that tacos are among the greatest foods ever invented. I always have a little extra room in my heart and belly for some excellent al pastor, chicharron and carne asada street tacos (with a bit of salsa and maybe some diced onion or cilantro), but today I’m going to mix it up.

While there is absolutely no need to try and improve upon perfection (shout out to classic tacos — you are my life), it can still be fun to try out some offbeat fusion tacos every now and again, whether you’re looking to impress guests, make Taco Tuesday more fun for kids or just treat yourself to a tasty solo dinner.

Here are some wacky but delicious taco recipes that you’ve likely never thought of before but wish you had:

1. Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Blue Cheese Cilantro Ranch

This is a great family-friendly fast weeknight dinner, especially because you can use leftover or rotisserie chicken to hurry along your cooking. Pile high with melty cheddar cheese, fresh seasonal avocado corn “salsa” and blue cheese cilantro ranch for a totally new way to combine your two favorite meals.

2. Vietnamese Banh Mi Street Tacos

These bright, fresh herb-packed tacos are a delight in the heat of summer, and they’re versatile, too! The recipe calls for chicken, but you can easily use pork, tofu, braised pork belly or whatever else you got.

3. Amazing Bacon Cheeseburger Tacos

Perfect for kids and adults alike! Get as creative as you want with any of your favorite burger or taco ingredients: Grilled onion pico de gallo (maybe with some chopped roasted peppers and diced tomatoes?), sauteed mushrooms, guacamole, roasted chiles or blue cheese slaw would all be fabulous here.

4. Jamaican Jerk Tempeh Tacos

Whether you love or hate tempeh, this jerk marinade goes so well with it that you’ll be amazed at how tasty it can be. (If you really hate tempeh, you can still make this recipe with chicken, tofu or jackfruit though.) Note: steam the tempeh in water or broth for a few minutes before marinating to mellow out any residual bitterness.

5. Chicken ‘n Waffle “Tacos”

OK, maybe these aren’t technically tacos, since the “tortilla” is actually a waffle, but they follow the basic form and are so delicious that I’m letting it slide. Want to take more of a savory southwestern approach to this hybrid meal? You sure can’t go wrong with a green chili waffle shell!

6. Spicy Lamb Tacos (with Mojito Cole Slaw and Cucumber Salsa)

Woo-hoo! Hot, fruity habanero grilled lamb (if habanero is too hot, you can sub for serranos or jalapenos, and feel free to remove the ribs and seeds to make it even milder) is a standout star topped with tangy, creamy mojito coleslaw, cool cucumber salsa and crumbled queso fresco.

7. Pulled Pork Waffle Tacos with Pineapple Slaw

Please don’t hate me for including another “taco” that features a waffle “tortilla.” Once you taste how delicious this slow cooker, hard-root-beer pulled pork is topped with homemade sweet, smoky pineapple bbq sauce and creamy, tangy and crunchy pineapple slaw, all wedged into a crispy waffle (use frozen ones if you don’t feel like going all out), I think you’ll forgive me for calling this a taco. I really do.

8. Flank Steak Tacos with Indonesian Salad

With delicious peanut sauce (you can sub this sauce for peanut paste if needed), a quick slaw and flank steak grilled to perfection (here’s a good marinade), this is one unusual but surprisingly harmonious knockout of a dinner.

Featured Photo Credit: Max Pixel

Tags: fusion tacos, taco recipes, Taco Tuesday, unique tacos, waffle tacos
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9 Classic And Crazy Tacos To Make For National Taco Day

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By Cooking Panda

Stop stressing over what you are going to make for dinner tonight and go get some darn tortillas. It’s National Taco Day AND Taco Tuesday, so it is written in the stars that you must shove some delicious fillings into a tortilla and promptly devour it.

We have everything you could want here when it comes to taco recipes, from addicting classics to mouthwatering fried vegan tacos to straight up delicious abominations. Try them all!

1. Grilled Steak Tacos

Flat iron steak is a great affordable alternative to flank steak, though you can use either one, or really any other cut if you want. The orange juice-chipotle marinade tastes great and will really impress a large crowd!

2. Tacos de Pollo

Easy tender shredded chicken in savory, spicy sauce. How can we pass that up?

3. Tacos Al Pastor

Technically, al pastor is supposed to be shaved off a spit, but no one has time for that, pretty much ever. Here’s a much easier option that will still give your slightly spicy, savory meat beautiful flavors and textures that go perfectly with everybody’s favorite grilled pineapple.

4. Breakfast Tacos with Chorizo, Egg and Potato

Whether you’re in a breakfast mood or just accidentally bought WAY too many eggs (does this really happen, ever?) put them to good use here for an easy and delicious brinner.

5. BBQ Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos with Creamy Lime Slaw (Vegan)

Pro-tip: Cut down on time with store-bought slaw mix, and then whip up the dressing by hand. You can also double or even triple the BBQ rub and keep it around for the next time you want it.

6. Fried Cactus Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce (Vegan)

If you love nopales, this recipe is for you. If you don’t love cactus or have never tried it, you’ll still probably devour this crunchy creamy dish, because it’s just that delicious.

7. Pastrami Tacos

Are you ready for something a little weird? Fry up some blue corn tortilla shells (or whatever you want) and cram them full of peppery pastrami, tangy sauerkraut, classic yellow mustard and spicy pickled jalapenos. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

8. Pizza Tacos

Call these what you want — a tasty taco perversion, if you will. It is worth stuffing tortillas (we’d probably use crispy taco shells, personally, since the authenticity ship sailed long ago) with a savory pizza filling, complete with sweet Italian sausage, spicy pepperoni, savory mushrooms, creamy mozzarella and classic pizza sauce. Just give it a try. We won’t tell anyone.

9. Bacon Weave Choco Taco

Ready for some dessert? Why not stuff a bacon weave with your favorite ice cream and top with chocolate? You’ll love the savory-sweet indulgence. Get these started before you make dinner, since they need to chill for a while.

Featured Photo Credit: She Likes Food

Tags: fusion tacos, National Taco Day, Taco Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, weeknight dinners
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These 12 Unusual Taco Recipes Are Equal Parts Blasphemous And Delicious

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By Cooking Panda

Want to do something a little wacky for Taco Tuesday?

We’re not totally sure that any of these actually count as tacos, so bring on the hate mail. But in our defense, these quirky “taco” recipes are actually really delicious! They may not be traditional, but they sure are tasty — give them a try!

1. Mac and Cheese Tacos

If you’ve never topped American beef tacos with mac and cheese, you are severely missing out. We love this recipe with white cheddar jalapeno mac, but it’s pretty much impossible to go wrong with any variety.

2. Curry Masala Cauliflower Tacos

Not only is this a delicious combo (especially with a lovely squeeze of lime), it’s also healthy, vegetarian and cheap (assuming you have a well-stocked spice rack). Wins all around.

3. Paneer Tikka Tacos

You can also do Chicken Tikka Masala if you’re craving something meaty, but you might be surprised at how amazingly paneer’s texture works in a taco. Here’s how to make paneer (fresh Indian cheese) from scratch.

4. Tuna Ceviche Tacos in a Taro Shell

Use any fish you want, as long as it’s high quality/sushi grade. If your fish grade isn’t high enough or you don’t like it raw, let it marinate for at least 30 minutes (the citrus cooks it). If it’s easier for you, you can buy some taro chips and plate these up like nachos.

5. Slow Cooker Enchilada Tacos

All the yummy enchilada flavor without all the cooking hassle.

6. Grilled Cheese Tacos

Sure, this is majorly branching away from the whole concept of a taco, but then again, we’re talking about grilled cheese here, and grilled cheese makes everything taste amazing. If you’d rather use tortillas, please adapt this concept and make quesalupas.

7. Bulgogi Tacos

Just like they make at Garbo’s. Note: This marinade can be super salty; so you might want to cut back on the soy sauce by half or so, depending on the type you are using and your personal taste.

8. The Best Fried Tacos

Some people fry their tortillas. Why stop there? Why not fry your whole taco?

9. Copycat Doritos Locos Tacos

When we get into Taco Bell territory, you know that any notion of an authentic taco has totally gone out the window. But if you’re a Doritos Locos lover, you’ve got to try making them yourself!

10. Brat and Fried Cheese Curd Tacos

Tomato relish and sriracha mayo perfectly complement these Wisconsin tacos.

11. Couscous Tacos

A great vegetarian and/or budget-friendly option, if you want the standard American taco flavors and textures without the meat.

12. Mini Churro Taco Boats

You didn’t think we’d forget about dessert, did you? For a refreshing treat, grab these cinnamon sugar-coated mini flour tortilla boats (feel free to make your own with small flour tortillas) and fill them with your favorite fruit, complete with a tasty sweet yogurt sauce.

Featured Photo Credit: The Food In My Beard

Tags: fusion tacos, taco recipes, Taco Tuesday, unusual tacos, weeknight meals
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8 Outrageous Things You Can Make Into A Taco Shell

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By Cooking Panda

Taco Tuesday is here, and we’re feeling a little wild, so we’ve come up with some truly outrageous ways to eat tacos. Instead of using a tortilla, why not make a taco shell with something else, like bacon or ramen? We’re pretty confident that taco purists will scream in anger when they see this – to be fair, these can hardly be classified as tacos — but these recipes are seriously delicious and we think you should give them a try.

1. Cheddar Taco Shell

That’s right. You can make a taco shell out of CHEESE. Just cheese. Bonus: You can do this one on the stove, so you don’t have to heat up your oven on a hot day.

2. Pizza Taco

This is probably the furthest recipe from tacos, as it is basically just folded leftover pizza, but seriously why don’t we fry leftover pizza? If you want to be taco-y about it, you can always throw taco fillings into your pizza before folding it.

Bonus: If you have a little more respect for yourself, you might prefer this variation on the Pizza Taco (recipe here).

3. Waffle Breakfast Taco

You can totally use frozen waffles. They are heavenly when made from scratch, though.

4. The Real Fish Taco

If you’re already making fish tacos, this isn’t a ton more work, but it’s way more fun. We recommend using the fish batter from this recipe on white fish like cod or tilapia.

5. Ramen Noodle Pork Taco

Ramen burgers are a thing, so why not?

6. Taco Donut

It’s not exactly a taco, but we figured you wouldn’t complain. This taco donut is a bit of work, but it’s also a lot of fun. If you want to go for it, you can probably just take a regular donut and operate on it. Carefully slice the middle open from the inside of the ring and hollow it out if need be. Then add your taco fillings and seal it shut with melted cheese.

7. Bacon Weave Taco

The classic. Fill with anything you want – BLT + avocado or breakfast stuff would be great.

8. Potato Caviar Taco

Basically a potato chip taco. If you don’t have or want caviar/roe, these would be great with smoked salmon. Otherwise, we can’t see how these would be bad with Cuban Picadilla (ground beef) or really anything else.

Featured Photo Credit: Idaho Potato Commission

Tags: bacon weave taco, fusion tacos, ramen taco, Taco Tuesday, weird food
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10 Insanely Creative Fusion Tacos For Taco Tuesday

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By Cooking Panda

Why not get a little creative for Taco Tuesday and mix it up with some unusual fusion tacos? They are super delicious.

1. Fried Chicken Tacos

Want to do something a little less conventional with your chicken? Wow the Taco Tuesday crowd with a simple but amazing twist on the classic chicken taco.

2. Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos

The turkey gets ridiculously flavorful and pull-apart tender braising in beer sauce. You can also adapt this for leftovers if you cook a giant turkey and don’t know what to do with it.

3. BBQ Shredded Pork and Quinoa Tacos

Quinoa provides a slightly nutty flavor and a really interesting texture that you’ll love in these BBQ tacos.

4. Thai Chicken Tacos

These spicy, crunchy, sweet, tangy tacos are everything you could hope for on a Tuesday night and more.

5. Chocolate Chile Tacos

If you love chocolate in savory food (and you absolutely should), make these tacos immediately. Since you’re using mostly ground beef, these guys are great to make for a crowd.

6. Grilled Avocado Tacos

Brilliant. Simple. Delicious.

7. Bacon, Cheese and Jalapeno Tacos

You’ll get super addicted to these cheesy, melty “tacos.” They’re actually more muelitas than tacos, but whatever. Either way, they are too delicious not to make and devour tonight.

8. Falafel Tacos with Spiced Citrus Crema

Why not add Middle Eastern street food to your Mexican street food? This healthy vegetarian fusion dish is tangy, flavorful and packed with flavor.

9. Duck Confit Tacos

Buy duck confit legs. Add chiles, tomatoes and lime. Repeatedly shove tacos into your mouth, because you won’t be able to stop eating them once you realize how delicious they are.

10. Pea Guacamole and Seared Halloumi Soft Tacos

This unexpected combination is flawless and tastes absolutely delicious with halved cherry tomatoes. Feel free to add some slivered sweet onions for an extra kick.

Featured Photo Credit: Mountain Mama Cooks

Tags: creative tacos, fusion tacos, taco recipes, Taco Tuesday, unique tacos
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10 Taco Recipes To Make For Cinco De Mayo

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By Cooking Panda

Cinco de Mayo is almost here, and we want to make sure you are totally prepared for the big day. So we put together some tasty taco recipes for you. Whether you are cooking for a small group, a big crowd, vegetarians, those with adventurous palates, or those who like traditional fare, we got you covered. Enjoy!

1. Pulled Chicken Tacos

If you’re having a bunch of people over to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, make these pulled chicken tacos. They cook up easily for a crowd and will be sure to please all your guests.

2. Tacos de Lengua

Beef tongue is affordable, delicious and super easy to make. Give it a try!

3. Tortilla-Crusted Fish Tacos

Craving some crispy fried fish tacos but don’t want to break out the deep fryer? Here’s a marginally lighter version you can make in the oven.

4. Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos

This flavor-packed favorite cooks up in a few minutes for a super delicious and simple dinner so that you can spend less time cooking and more time partying.

5. Crispy Squash Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Crema

This filling vegan feast packs on the flavor with some great textures, too. You’ll love this whether you are a vegetarian or a carnivore.

6. All American Beef Taco

Let’s face it – Cinco de Mayo is a pretty American holiday at this point. So why not keep it simple and make some simple crunchy ground beef tacos? This is a great one if you are having a ton of guests over, and if you want to go leaner and cheaper for a crowd, try mixing in half ground beef and half ground turkey.

7. Portobello Tacos with Vegan Jalapeno Sauce

Save some calories for margaritas with this tasty, savory and satisfying taco dish.

8. Braised Pork Belly Tacos with Watermelon, Jicama & Jalapeno Salsa

Or use those calories here because these pork belly tacos are out of this world.

9. Bulgogi BBQ Pork Tacos With Charred Tomatillo Sesame Sauce + Spring Onion Slaw

These tender, flavorful Mexican-Korean tacos are YUM.

10. Chipotle and Orange Pork Tacos

Who knew that chipotle and orange went so well together over tender shredded pork? Give these guys a try – you won’t regret it.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Tags: Cinco De Mayo, fusion tacos, taco recipes, Taco Tuesday, weeknight dinner
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