Spice Up Taco Night With 6 Unique Taquito Dishes (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

Looking for a fun way to shake up Taco Tuesday? An easy crowd-pleasing appetizer plate?

It sounds like you could use a little extra crunch in your life! Why not whip up a plate of taquitos to give your day some crispy flair?

The cool thing about taquitos is that you can make them lower-calorie if you please by baking them (the technique in this recipe is a good one!) or go all out and deep-fry them (this recipe will tell you all you need!), or even just pan-fry them (as outlined in this recipe). The choice is yours!

Want to make a huge plate of these as appetizers? Use tiny tortillas — like the kind used for street tacos — or just chop your tortillas in half before you roll them. No matter the tortilla, they’ll be tasty.

1. Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Taquitos

Love jalapeno poppers? Add some chicken and spices and wrap them up in tortillas for a fun take on your favorite snack.

2. Avocado Leaf Crusted Tuna Taquitos

With Blood Orange Jalapeno Marmalade and spiced, seared tuna steak (salmon works great too!), it’s tough to turn down these delightful tubes of goodness! If you can’t find avocado leaves, you can use a bit of crushed bay leaves and a sprinkle of cracked anise seeds.

3. Meatloaf Taquitos

Don’t let leftover meatloaf get you down! This dish sounds a bit wild, but I think you’ll love the soft, flavorful beef filling! The recipe calls for a flavorful, spicy ketchup, but if you’d rather play up the Tex-Mex aspect of this dish, consider serving them with some homemade queso dip.

4. Baked Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos

Got leftover chicken? Shred it up, toss it with some sweet, tangy sauce and bam! You have yourself a tasty taquito filling.

5. Crab Rangoon Taquitos and Raspberry Salsa

Does it get any more fun or delicious that taking the scrumptious creamy crab filling from one of your favorite appetizers and adding it to your other favorite appetizer? I think not!

6. Apple Pie Taquitos

Don’t forget dessert! These simple five-ingredient baked treats are a little too easy to get hooked on! The recipe calls for canned filling, which works wonderfully, but if you want to make your own from scratch, here’s how.

Featured Image: kae71463/Flickr

Tags: easy appetizers, easy weeknight dinners, fun taquitos, Taco Tuesday, Taquito Tuesday
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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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Taquito Tuesday: Mix Up Your Weeknight With These 12 Awesome Flauta Recipes

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By Cooking Panda

Tacos are perfection and will always have a special place in our hearts, but every now and again, it’s pretty fun to roll those tortillas up and crisp them to add extra flair to your Taco Tuesday.

Some of these flautas are fried, and some are baked, but you can really do whatever your heart desires. If you want to bake something the recipe says to fry, we recommend throwing them in the oven for approximately 20-25 minutes on 400 F, though it depends on the recipe and oven, so make sure you keep an eye on your flautas and remove them as soon as they are golden and crisp.

You can also pan-fry them in a little oil over medium-high heat or just throw caution to the wind and deep fry them in an inch or so of oil until they are nice and crunchy — make sure you secure each one with a toothpick first.

Enjoy!

1. Chicken Flautas with Avocado Cream

These flautas are cheesy and packed with flavor; plus it’s the perfect use for leftover chicken. Who can resist?

2. Pork Flautas

You won’t be able to resist these fragrant, classic pork treats.

3. Chorizo and Potato Flautas

Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or even dessert.

4. Baked Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos

Creamy, sweet, tangy and EASY.

5. Chile Relleno Flautas

This is a new and fun way to enjoy Chile Rellenos. Plus, you sprinkle a little corn meal over the egg wash before lightly frying for extra crispy goodness that rivals the deep fried stuff.

6. Spicy Alfredo Chicken Bacon Taquitos

Chipotle Alfredo? Count us in!

7. Egg and Sausage Breakfast Taquitos

Because breakfast burritos are for amateurs. (We don’t really mean that. We love breakfast burritos.)

8. Baked Salmon Taquitos

​These spicy, cheesy salmon (or chicken, if you’d prefer) baked taquitos are a great and healthy way to enjoy your favorite snack.

9. Confetti Mash Potato Flautas with Hot Tomatillo Sauce

If you ever have leftover mashed potatoes, you know what to do with them.

10. Crab Rangoon Taquitos

Just in case the crab Rangoon element isn’t enough awesome for you, the extra sweet, sour, spicy kick from the fresh raspberry and jalapeno salsa will totally win you over.

11. Banana Dessert Flautas

Don’t forget dessert! What goes better with bananas than caramel glaze, cream cheese and dulce de leche, all rolled into a crispy flauta?

12. Apple Pie Taquitos

If you’re feeling lazy, you can totally just use canned apple pie filling. It’s all about the butter-cinnamon sugar that coats the shells.

Featured Photo Credit: The Girl Who Ate Everything

Tags: Appetizer, flautas, recipe list, Taco Tuesday, Taquitos
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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 Street Taco Recipes That Rival Your Favorite Taco Truck

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By Cooking Panda

We get it. Street tacos are perfection. Whether you get them from a cart, a truck, or even a brick-and-mortar restaurant, we know how special they are to you. But some nights, you might feel like making your own approximation of your favorite tacos al pastor, or maybe you live somewhere that doesn’t have the most authentic Mexican tacos.

Don’t worry, fam. We have everything you need right here.

Generally speaking, you should probably keep the toppings simple, since street tacos really are all about the meat. A little diced onion, cilantro and salsa is all you need, but if you want to take it further, check out these taco condiment recipes for more ideas.

So sit back and let us blow your mind with these tasty taco recipes.

1. Authentic Carne Asada Street Tacos

Here’s how to get as close as possible to taco truck carne asada in your own kitchen. You’re welcome.

2. Tacos Al Pastor

A little sweet, a little spicy and tremendously tender and flavorful, our favorite pineapple and chile-marinated pork is delicious but can be a pain to cook to perfection at home. Don’t fret! We found the best possible method for home-grilling or roasting that won’t take you years on end to make.

3. Slow Cooker Carnitas Street Tacos

Save the hassle by cooking carnitas in the slow cooker. Beautiful things happen when you top carnitas tacos with avocado pieces and quick-pickled onions.

4. Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas Tacos

Want an easy, healthier spin on your favorite taco? Use chicken instead.

5. Black Bean Vegan Street Tacos

These beans are incredible. Smoky chipotle/adobo sauce and cocoa powder complement each other so perfectly that even meat eaters will love these vegetarian tacos.

6. Lengua Tacos

Carnivores, don’t fear the tongue! The sight might gross you out if you’re not used to seeing it, but it’s cheap and gets super tender when you cook it correctly. Give it a try!

7. Chicharrones Guisados (Stewed Fried Pork Rinds) Tacos

If you’re a fan of decadent meat, you’ll love these melt-in-your-mouth tender chicharrones.

8. Barbacoa Tacos

Barbacoa — saucy, shredded pork — is one of our favorites. Lucky for you, we figured out exactly how the folks at Chipotle make it and created a copycat version. Want it saucier? Toss it back in the leftover sauce in the slow cooker after you shred it.

Featured Photo Credit: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt​/Serious Eats

Tags: copycat Chipotle barbacoa, Mexican tacos, street tacos, taco recipes, Taco Tuesday
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Have A Party In Your Mouth With These 8 Savory Fruity Tacos

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By Cooking Panda

What’s a cook to do on a Taco Tuesday in the middle of summer? Fire up that grill and take advantage of seasonal fruits, of course!

1. Chipotle Lime Shrimp Tacos with Strawberry Salsa

Shrimp and strawberries? It sounds weird, but trust us and give this awesome savory-sweet combo a try. You’ll get addicted to the perfectly balanced smoky, tangy, spicy sweetness of it all.

2. Chile Lime Pork Tacos with Papaya Avocado Salsa

We love chili and lime, but it’s the tangy, pungent papaya that brings these pork tacos to next-level goodness.

3. Chipotle Salmon Taco with Apple-Cucumber Salsa

This crunchy, fresh salsa is the ultimate refreshment and the perfect accompaniment to light, lean salmon.

4. Brisket with Passion Fruit Chimichurri

This recipe is for empanadas — which you can totally make — but if you want to go full taco with it, top your favorite kind of tortilla or shell with the brisket filling and drizzle the chimichurri over the top.

5. Shrimp and Mango Tacos

Sweet, spicy and aromatic, with the perfect touch of cumin to balance out the mango.

6. Southern Fried Bacon Tacos

What else would you top fried bacon with than grilled peaches, fennel, tomato, basil and goat cheese?

7. Grilled Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Salsa

Bell peppers, cilantro, red onion and jalapeño perfectly balance out this stunningly red salsa for a perfect summery kick.

8. Smoked Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

These meaty fruit tacos are such a great analog for the real thing that you’ll never miss it — plus, smoking the jackfruit gives it the most divine flavor.

Don’t have a smoker? Here’s a cheap and easy stove hack that tastes just as good.

Featured Photo Credit: How Sweet It Is

Tags: easy weeknight recipes, Fruit, fruit salsa, taco recipe, Taco Tuesday
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13 Easy-To-Make Taco Condiments That Will Transport You Straight To Heaven

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By Cooking Panda

We love tacos here at Cooking Panda. Like, we love them. But if you are ever making any of our taco recipes and don’t know what to drizzle on top, here are some of our favorite condiments that you should absolutely bookmark for upcoming Taco Tuesdays:

Creamy Things

All things avocado, crema, and non-dairy.

1. Copycat Chipotle Guacamole

Everyone knows that the best guac is chunky and simple, with just a few ingredients (really all you need is salt, lime and Tapatio, but you do you). If you want to go above and beyond, here’s how to replicate the stuff from Chipotle.

2. Fully Loaded Guacamole

Sacrilege! We know! But it’s so delicious, and sometimes you just have to go wild. We can’t deny that the smoky, nutty and slightly sweet flavors bring something delectable and exciting to our favorite dish. You’ll love this, even if you just add a couple of the ingredients.

3. Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

No cooking needed. Just throw everything in a food processor (or strong blender), and you’ll have the perfect topping.

4. Avocado Crema

Avocado and yogurt for the win.

5. Zesty Chipotle Lime Crema

You can use sour cream, crema, Greek yogurt, cashew cream or even pureed (and watered down) avocado here. Anything goes.

6. Cilantro Lime Garlic Cashew Cream

No dairy, no problem. This stuff tastes just as good as crema, if not better. Plain cashew cream also makes an excellent base for cream-based sauces. Alternately, feel free to swap out the cashew cream for dairy crema or sour cream.

7. Rajas con Crema

Roasted poblanos (or other green chilies if you must) with caramelized onions and cream. Delicious! We recommend serving this with shrimp tacos, but it will go great with just about anything.

Salsa Things

If you must buy salsa from the store, don’t be afraid to doctor it up a little. Add fresh lime juice, cilantro, and maybe a little diced jalapeno, and your guests will never know you didn’t make it yourself. Here are some more tips on faking it.

But really, making the good stuff from scratch is really not that hard. Most of these recipes require little more than dicing everything or throwing it into a food processor. If you have the time and ingredients, you should totally make some of these:

8. Fresh Pico de Gallo

The classic. Chop a bunch of stuff up and mix it together.

9. Homemade Salsa Verde

Why buy it when the fresh stuff is so tasty and simple to make?

10. Classic Roasted Salsa

It’s easier than you’d think – pretty much just broil your ingredients and pulse them in a food processor with minimal effort. Serve to your guests and tell them it took you a few hours to make. Hide said food processor and act tired.

11. Charred Tomato Salsa

If you want to keep it simple, you can simply char the tomatoes and smash them a little for an easy, satisfying taco topping. Pro tip: grilled fruit (pineapple, etc.) makes for an incredible topping.

12. Watermelon Pico De Gallo

It’s pretty odd, but this salsa is delicious for the summer, served with chips or over grilled chicken or fish.

13. Mango Salsa

This sweet, chunky salsa is sensational with chicken or fish, or just on the side with chips.

Featured Photo Credit: Guisados/Instagram

Tags: crema recipe, guacamole recipe, salsa, taco toppings, Taco Tuesday
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8 Mouthwatering Taco Recipes You Should Make Tonight

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By Cooking Panda

Taco Tuesday is upon us, and we’re here to keep your dinner easy and spectacular. From normal to wacky, here are some of our favorite taco recipes that we totally think you should try:

1. Barbacoa-Style Beef Tacos

Make the most tender, flavorful barbacoa-style beef in your slow cooker. Set it and forget it!

2. Dave’s Mocha Chicken Tacos

Make this coffee chicken in your slow cooker using any cut you want – just make sure to cook out your alcohol first. We recommend browning the chicken on the stove with a quick sear, putting it aside, and pouring the sherry (marsala wine or brandy would probably work just fine here too – if you use a drier alcohol, add a little more sugar later on) into your chicken pan.

Turn down the heat a little, and let the booze cook out for a couple minutes, until it doesn’t smell alcohol-y anymore. Then dump everything into the slow cooker and cook that sucker!

Shred it, toss it back in the sauce-filled slow cooker and let everything mingle for a few minutes, and you’ll have a super-awesome taco filling. Top with cilantro, onions, grilled chilies, cream – whatever floats your boat.

3. Dave’s Mexican Veggie Tacos

Is this the same Dave from the Mocha Chicken? We don’t know, and we’re full of questions! One thing’s for sure — people swear these are the best veggie tacos ever. You be the judge.

4. Chicken Mole Tacos

Mole always requires a lot of ingredients and a ton of work, but this slow cooker sauce really cuts down the amount of time you need to spend to get something super delicious and rich. Do your chopping, sauteeing and blending ahead of time (you can even make a double batch and freeze half), and the rest is just a matter of slow cooker magic.

5. Crispy Potato BLT Tacos #SP5

Have you ever tried stuffing your tacos with crispy potatoes and bacon? If not, you need to do this now! For a vegetarian twist, try these.

6. Peanut Butter Steak Tacos

Sounds crazy, but savory peanut butter, cilantro and sriracha make for a totally awesome steak sauce. Trust us.

7. Taco-Filled Pasta Shells

Like many of these other recipes, labeling this pasta dish as a taco is a major stretch. But honestly these shells are just super delicious and we want you to be happy, so we’ll call them tacos, because they deserve your attention.

8. Curried Turkey Tacos

Curry powder, black beans and salsa go perfectly with the ground turkey and give it a unique flavor kick, especially when you’re tired of the same old ground meat with taco seasoning.

Featured Photo Credit: Dessert For Two

Tags: dinner recipe, easy weeknight dinner, recipe list, taco recipe, Taco Tuesday
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Impress Your Palate With These 7 Exotic Meat Taco Recipes

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By Cooking Panda

Feeling adventurous?

Exotic meat is not only fun to try, but it’s usually good for you and the environment. You get lean, high-quality, wild or well-raised meat that wasn’t fed grains and pumped with chemicals in a huge factory farm, so you’ll end up with flavorful, natural and sustainable food. You can bet that it tastes way different than the usual grocery store stuff.

Exotic Taco Tuesday is the perfect time to try different kinds of meat. You get to taste new flavors and textures, but you also get a tortilla and topping buffer, so it’s a pretty “safe” way to taste something you might be nervous about. Of course, you don’t have to make your own tortillas from scratch, but they are really delicious with any recipe if you have a few extra minutes!

Check around to see if you have exotic meat dealers in your area – your local farmer’s market might have an exotic meat stand, where you’ll most likely get the best deals on quality, fresh meat. If you don’t mind steeper prices, you can purchase a lot of this stuff online too.

1. Ostrich Tacos with Lime-Pickled Radish Slaw

There’s a good reason why ostrich is a favorite among the exotic meat crowd. It’s lean but tender with a delicate flavor, kind of a like a good filet mignon, and the fresh flavors like mint and cilantro paired in this recipe bring that out in the best way.

Buy ostrich steaks here.

2. Veal Brain Tacos

We promise you won’t turn into a zombie. Meat brain (you can use beef or pork brain too) tastes kind of creamy and tender and doesn’t have that strong of a flavor – that’s why it goes so well with this tangy spicy bouillon. Don’t know where to find animal brains? Chances are, your local Mexican or Halal butcher will have some.

3. Southwest Bison Tacos

In honor of National Bison Month, you should totally taste this delicious meat. Bison is super healthy and lean while still tender and flavorful. It’s also pretty easy to get your hands on and a great place to start when tasting new kinds of meat.

Buy ground bison here.

4. Alligator Tacos with Homemade Tortillas

Love frog legs? Give alligator tail a try – it’s kind of like a cross between chicken and white fish with a bit of an “oceany” flavor. Fry it up like fish tacos and top with Manchego cheese and mango salsa for a perfect pairing.

Buy alligator filets here.

5. Kangaroo Soft Tacos

Tender kangaroo meat has its own unique flavor; so, as delicious as it is, you can’t just substitute it for beef. This recipe has the perfect balance of spices to optimize that unique but delicious taste and is perfect if you’re trying it for the first time.

Buy kangaroo leg meat here.

6. Smoked Rabbit Tacos

If you like chicken, you’ll love rabbit. Smoke it like so and toss it in a taco. If you don’t have a smoker, do this instead.

Buy rabbit meat here.

7. Spicy Dry Rub Elk Tacos

Elk kind of just tastes like really high quality beef, with just a touch more flavor than that stuff you’ll find at the supermarket, so it’s best to keep it simple with this spicy dry rub.

Buy elk steaks here.

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Beef Has Nothing On These 6 Meatless Tacos

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By Cooking Panda

Just because cutting out meat saves you a lot of money and calories doesn’t mean you should feel like you are giving anything up. We have some crazy good next-level veggie tacos that won’t even feel a little like a sacrifice, and they might just make you forget about meat entirely.

Note: If you don’t do dairy, feel free to top your tacos with homemade cashew crema, vegan queso or cotija-like raw almond cheese.

1. Best Tofu Tacos

Because you have to start with the basics, and you can’t deny that tofu tacos are surprisingly super delicious. For ultimate crispiness, we recommend cutting the tofu into small cubes first and tossing with taco seasoning (make your own here), oil, a little veggie bouillon, and either citrus or vinegar (preferably something mild or spiced).

Throw the tofu in the skillet and stir/flip carefully (to keep the pieces from crumbling) and frequently until the pieces are a deep golden brown all over. If you are already going outside, consider grilling your tofu instead (recipe here).

It’s super delicious and easy! If you’re worried about the tofu sticking or crumbling, wrap it up in foil first. You’ll still get that awesome grilled flavor.

2. Panko Baked Avocado Tacos

We all know that avocados are the best food in the world. Tossed in panko crumbs, baked, and paired with quick-pickled radishes, cilantro and lime juice? We’re not saying you can improve upon perfection, but this is pretty darn close.

3. Roasted Red Onion and Potato Tacos

If potato tacos sound bland or boring to you, then you are not doing them right. These tacos are so delicious that you don’t even need to smother them with toppings to be satisfied.

4. Portobello Bulgogi Korean Tacos

The mushroom tacos are sweet, spicy and salty, just like their beefy counterparts. We’re not saying you need to rush home early to make these right this second, but we’re also not saying not to do that.

5. Spicy Plantain Black Bean Tacos

Plantains make pretty much everything better. Why not caramelize them with some black beans for a sweet, spicy, flavorful and filling meal?

6. Squash Tempura Tacos

The recipe uses acorn squash, but you can use pretty much anything similar you can get your hands on – butternut, delicata, kabocha – even sweet potato would be fine.

Featured Photo Credit: Avocado A Day Nutrition

Tags: meatless, recipe list, taco recipes, Taco Tuesday, vegetarian recipe
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11 Refreshing Ceviche Tacos You Should Make Today

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By Cooking Panda

Summer is in full swing, and ceviche is the best thing ever. It’s cool, full of flavor, and super refreshing and delicious. And it’s easy to taco!

As with any food, you can do anything you want with it, but if you’re in doubt, we recommend topping a tostada or taco shell with the stuff. That’s really all you need, but if you want, you can add any of the following: drizzle of lime, hot sauce, diced fresh jalapeno, chopped cilantro, pico de gallo, chopped avocado, guacamole, and/or vinegar.

1. Classic Ceviche

If you don’t know where to start, you absolutely cannot go wrong with this classic recipe.

2. Ceviche de Camaron

What’s more delicious than shrimp ceviche? We can’t think of a single thing. The best part? You can use the small, inexpensive shrimp in this one.

3. Scallop Ceviche

Scallops are pretty much delicious in anything, but their delicate flavor and texture are really sublime in this tangy spicy marinade.

4. Salmon Ceviche

Salmon is easily one of the healthiest and most delicious types of fish out there, but if you are tired of cooking it the same old way, try it in ceviche with garlic, oil and chili – it is divine!

5. Peruvian Ceviche

We bet you’ve never thought to make your ceviche with juicy corn and sweet potatoes. Mix it up a little with this tasty Peruvian dish – you won’t regret it.

6. Shrimp and Crab Ceviche on Fried Tortillas (Tostadas de Ceviche de Camaron y Jaiba)

Tomatoes, lump crab (or imitation if you must – we won’t tell) and chopped shrimp make for a heavenly combination.

7. Vegetarian Ceviche That Looks Not-So-Vegetarian

The secret to this beautiful dish that looks better than anything with seafood? Hearts of palm.

8. Tuna Ceviche

Everyone loves a good tuna tartar – step it up to the next level by adding garlic, capers and jalapenos.

9. Ceviche de Pulpo — Octopus Ceviche

If you can get your hands on octopus, you must try it in ceviche form. The acidic marinade not only gives it an awesome flavor; it also makes it unbelievably tender.

10. Ensenada-Style Ceviche with Ginger and Soy

Carrot, cucumber, ginger and sesame oil might sound a little unusual for ceviche, but trust us that it’s insanely delicious. Serve in wonton taco shells like these for bonus points.

11. Herb Green Ceviche

The chopped cilantro, Serrano chilies and parsley serve two purposes: they give the dish a gorgeous green color and provide a deliciously fresh flavor that is out of this world.

Featured Photo Credit: Yes-More Please

Tags: ceviche, ceviche recipe, seafood, taco recipe, Taco Tuesday
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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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8 Ways To Jazz Up Your Chicken Tacos

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By Cooking Panda

Bird is the word for Taco Tuesday!

Have we mentioned how much we love chicken? It’s versatile and healthy, and more importantly, it is cheap and easy to make for company or the whole family. Here are some of our favorite chicken taco recipes, although you could easily substitute pork, seafood, or your favorite vegetarian protein like tofu or tempeh.

1. Chicken Tinga Tacos

This bright tasting, tender shredded chicken recipe gets it flavor from a richly-spiced tomato sauce. Feel free to skip the stove and just dump everything into a slow cooker instead. For an extra kick, throw in a few chipotle peppers.

2. Grilled Chicken Tacos

Cola might seem like an odd secret ingredient, but just trust us that it really nicely tenderizes and flavors the chicken. Once you start adding soda to your marinades, you’ll never go back.

3. Grilled Tamarind Chicken Tacos

Like the coke in the above recipe, the tamarind soda tenderizes the meat and infuses it with a delightful tamarind flavor. We’re a big fan of killing two birds with one stone, and this method is way easier than working with actual tamarind.

4. Healthier Chipotle Chorizo Chicken Tacos

By mixing ground chicken into the chorizo, you get all the chorizo flavor with half the calories. Add garlic and three different kinds of chili, and you have an amazing, indulgent taco filling. Top with avocado, black beans, Greek yogurt and cilantro.

5. Caribbean Tacos

How can you go wrong with sweet and spicy ground meat topped with mango-onion coleslaw, all shoved into a tortilla? Feel free to use ground chicken, pork or turkey for this. It would be great with shrimp, too.

6. Flying Pig Smoked Chicken Tacos

These fusion tacos are simply incredible, and the extra effort is totally worth it. If you don’t have a smoker or don’t feel like breaking it out, fear not! You can very easily smoke your chicken (or anything else) on the stove (info here).

7. Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño Sauce

Got some leftover fried chicken? Throw it into a tortilla and top with this divine ranch/lime/cilantro/jalapeno dressing. You won’t regret it.

8. My Brother’s Chicken Tacos

Stuff your tortillas with green chili chicken (canned or leftover chicken works great too) and fry the whole thing! Seriously! It’s as tasty as it sounds.

Tags: Chicken, Taco Tuesday, tacos
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12 Stellar Dessert Tacos That Will Rock Your Socks Off

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By Cooking Panda

Taco Tuesday is here! We love tacos as much as anyone else, but why not mix it up a little with insanely delicious dessert tacos? The crunchy shells go so well with soft, sweet fillings like fruit, ice cream – even cheesecake. Give it a try!

Note: baking or frying your own taco shells are a million times better, but they will still be delicious with store bought shells if you need to save time.

1. The Ultimate Dessert Taco

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Because how can you ever go wrong with fried ice cream and cinnamon sugar shells?

2. Tres Leches Coconut and Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Tacos with Banana Peanut Salsa

Tres Leches Coconut and Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Tacos with Banana Peanut Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

If you don’t want to make your own no-churn ice cream, you can buy tres leches ice cream and add your own chocolate. Either way is super delicious.

3. Brown Butter Crepe Ice Cream Tacos

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Make sure you throw some sprinkles on top. Sprinkles make everything better.

4. Pancake Tacos

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Basically put anything you want into these pancake tacos and they will be heaven – but you can’t go wrong with Nutella, fruit, honey, yogurt, almonds or cinnamon.

5. Mini Fruit Tacos

Mini Fruit Tacos via www.sugardishme.com

Take your fruit salad to the next level by throwing it into a taco shell with honey-cinnamon cream cheese, because why not?

6. Neapolitan Choco Tacos

Neapolitan Choco Taco Recipe | mountainmamacooks.com

Neapolitan ice cream, crepe-style taco shells dipped in chocolate – does it get any better?

7. Banana Split Tacos

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Why not taco this favorite classic dessert? You can never go wrong with a banana split.

8. Fruity Dessert Tacos

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The jalapeno adds a delectable zing to these heavenly tacos.

9. Cheesecake Dessert Tacos

No Bake Cheesecake Dessert Tacos!  You can top these with any fruit topping you like, I chose cherry cheesecake! These are the best no bake desserts I've ever had!

The right place for no bake cheesecake is inside of a fried taco shell.

10. Toffee Taco Sundaes

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For something a little more decadent and with less mess than a handheld dessert, turn your taco into a sundae. Make extra and share with us, please.

11. Ice Cream Tacos with Cinnamon Sugar Wonton Shells

Ice Cream Tacos with Cinnamon Sugar Wonton Shells

The wonton shells add a zippy crunch that goes perfectly with the smooth texture of ice cream.

12. Chocolate Tacos

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A crunchy chocolatey cookie taco shell is the perfect home for strawberries and ice cream.

Featured Photo Credit: Food Fanatic

Tags: choco tacos, dessert, dessert tacos, Taco Tuesday, unique desserts
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10 Insanely Creative Fusion Tacos For Taco Tuesday

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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 Mind-Blowing Shrimp Taco Recipes

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Happy National Shrimp Day! The best thing about this flavor-packed seafood favorite is how quick and easy it is to cook – just sear it until it gets some color. Here are all the best shrimp recipes for Taco Tuesday:

1. Classic Shrimp Tacos with Slaw

Shrimp cooked in Mexican red sauce is a simple classic. Top it with slaw to elevate your life.

2. Chipotle Shrimp Taco with Avocado Salsa Verde

This dish is super flavorful, and the avocado perfectly complements the chipotle chili flavors.

3. Shrimp Tacos with Edamame Succotash and Avocado Crema

If you’re looking for something super fresh and healthy, this tasty dish will hit the spot.

4. Shrimp with Green Chiles and Avocado-Tomatillo Sauce

In just 15 minutes, you too can have a complex, creamy chile-packed dinner.

5. Baja Fried-Shrimp Tacos

Because sometimes you just need something crispy.

6. Garlicky Shrimp Tacos

Sun-dried tomatoes and tarragon give this garlicky shrimp some really deep flavors – you’ll love it!

7. Seafood-Chorizo Tacos

Shrimp, squid, beer and chorizo combine for a really unique, rich taste.

8. Shrimp Tacos with Pickled Red Onion Salad

It’s a proven fact that cheese and barbeque sauce make everything better, and this taco recipe is no exception.

9. Vegan & Vegetarian Shrimp

Craving shrimp but don’t partake? Make some yourself! This vegan version makes for a pretty good shrimp stand in. Use in any of the other taco recipes, or try it with this mango salsa and vegan sour cream:

10. Gluten-Free and Vegan Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa and Sriracha Sour Cream

Dairy-free sriracha sour cream is a great vegan topping for tacos, but feel free to play around with this recipe as it fits your taste, whether you want to use real shrimp, gluten or dairy.

Photo credit: djjewelz/Flickr

Tags: National Shrimp Day, seafood, shrimp tacos, taco recipe, Taco Tuesday
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10 Taco Recipes To Make For Cinco De Mayo

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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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Photo credit: Half Baked Harvest

Tags: Cinco De Mayo, fusion tacos, taco recipes, Taco Tuesday, weeknight dinner
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10 Outstanding Breakfast Taco Recipes

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By Cooking Panda

This week for Taco Tuesday, we are visiting the Lone Star State to switch it up with some breakfast tacos. If you have leftovers lying around, love breakfast tacos or simply want to mix it up for the evening, check out these recipes for a unique and fun Tex Mex spin on the classic Mexican dish.

1. Chorizo–Sweet Potato Breakfast Tacos

The savory sweet, creamy potatoes really harmonize with the strong kick of chorizo. You have to try it.

2. Potato-Bacon Breakfast Tacos with Monterey Jack

Because really, is there anything that can’t be improved with potatoes and bacon?

3. Black Bean Breakfast Tacos with Ancho Chile Salsa

Did you skip Meatless Monday? These spicy bean tacos will get you right on track and make you completely forget about meat.

4. Breakfast Tacos with Avocado Salsa

You really can’t go wrong with a fried egg, feta cheese and avocado salsa. We dare you to prove us wrong.

5. Zucchini Scramble Breakfast Tacos

Scrambling zucchini into your eggs will give your tacos a deep, savory flavor that you’ll get hooked on. Give it a try!

6. Turkey Breakfast Tacos

Got leftover turkey? Throw it into breakfast tacos and never look back.

7. Six-Minute Breakfast Taco

It doesn’t get any easier than this quick, on-the-go breakfast.

8. Chorizo Breakfast Tacos

Roasted poblano cream sauce and chorizo? We’d never turn that down.

9. The Ultimate Fried Egg Breakfast Tacos

Just like they make at Torchy’s.

10. Brisket Breakfast Tacos

Barbecue and tacos: a perfect manifestation of Tex Mex food. Make this when you have leftover brisket, although we don’t know why you ever would.

Photo Credit: Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau​/Flickr

Tags: breakfast recipe, breakfast tacos, taco recipe, Taco Tuesday, Tex Mex
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Taco Roundup: 7 Great Recipes For Taco Tuesday

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By Cooking Panda

Tacos make for great weeknight dinners, since they are versatile, easy and fun. If you go out for dinner every Taco Tuesday, try making them at home this week instead, and prepare to be swept off your feet by these tasty taco recipes:

1. Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos

The only thing better than eating carnitas is the fact that you can make them in your slow cooker. Does it get any easier?

2. Tofu Tacos

Tofu makes a surprisingly tasty vegetarian taco filling — the key is to season well and brown thoroughly. If you are pressed on time, cut the large tofu block into cubes before cooking to speed up the process.

3. Mushroom and Chile Tacos

Another great vegetarian option that’s packed with flavor. This is a great filling to accompany a meaty table spread, too.

4. Fried Fish Tacos

Fish tacos are spectacular – why not make them at home? These are amazing with a lime-cilantro crema or mango salsa on top, if you are feeling ambitious.

5. Deep Fried Avocado Tacos

While you have the deep fryer out, clog up your arteries with easy deep-fried avocados. We’re thinking some bacon would fit in well here too.

6. Braised Chicken Tacos

You can never go wrong with a classic chicken taco. Why not braise your meat until it’s shreddably tender?

7. Choco Tacos

Round out your meal with chocolate-dipped tacos for dessert. Or eat them as the main course – we won’t judge you.

Photo credit: Larry Miller/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: recipe list, taco recipe, Taco Tuesday
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