25 Unique Taco Recipes for #TacoTuesday! (2024)

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It’s #TacoTuesday, or #CincodeMayo, and you don’t feel like having the same old (very familiar) tacos? Well have I got 25 Unique Taco Recipes for you! Each taco recipe has an interesting twist (or two), most are really healthy, and all are sure to tickle your taste buds!

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I live on the border in McAllen, TX. Tacos are definitely a “thing.” In New Mexico, it was all about chile. In south Texas, it’s about TACOS.

Tacos are so versatile, flavorful, and easy to customize. By the simplest definition, a taco is food stuffed into a folded tortilla. With one exception (a pita taco), that describes these tacos. I’ve brought you chicken, fish and seafood, beef, pork, lamb, vegan and vegetarian, and even bison!

🐓 Chicken Taco Recipes

Fusion taco recipes with exotic spices and creative salsas… These chicken tacos are sure to shake up your #TacoTuesday repertoire! Take a break from the ordinary and serve up one of these chicken taco recipes for #TacoTuesday, #CincodeMayo, or any day of the week!

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Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken Tacos

Take a break from the ordinary and serve up these Hawaiian Huli Huli ChickenTacos topped with a fresh pineapple, mango, and avocado salsa for dinner this Taco Tuesday!

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Chicken Cabbage Potato Tacos with Apple Pico de Gallo

An Apple Pico de Gallo and interesting spice combination (turmeric, mustard, cumin) definitely qualify these tacos as "unique!"

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Chicken Vindaloo Tacos

Easy, one pan, mouth watering, figure friendly, Indo Mexican fusionrecipe! Indian Vindaloo paste provides the flavor for the chicken, but you'll find more traditional toppings like red cabbage, corn, guacamole, and lime too!

🐟 Fish and Seafood Taco Recipes

From the sea: Fish and seafood are probably my favorite taco protein because they cook so quickly and taste so delicious! I want to try all 8 of them! Healthy fish and seafood make great taco fillings, and cook so quickly… shrimp, fish, and even oysters! These fish and seafood tacos are perfect for weeknight dinners!

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Peruvian-Inspired Fish Tacos

Fusion fish tacos with a Peruvian twist - the fish is marinated in lime juice and aji amarillo paste, and the tacos are served with fresh goldenberry pico de gallo. Que rico!

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Blackened Salmon Tacos

The Pickled Radishes and Onions in these Blackened Salmon Tacos caught my eye in these super-healthy fish tacos!

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Grilled Tequila and Lime Fish Tacos

Tequila? Yes please! The fish in these Grilled Tequila Lime Fish Tacos get marinated in tequila and fresh lime juice. Yum!

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Cod tacos with pickled strawberry slaw

These cod tacos are not your average fish tacos. The fish has some of your more typical seasoning, but there’s some added zing from the tasty pickled strawberry slaw. An easy, colorful and fresh-tasting meal.

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Fish Tacos Al Pastor

These Grilled Fish Tacos with Pineapple Rhubarb Salsa are stuffed with salt and pepper crusted fish, a piquant fruit salsa and they’re topped with a creamy avocado dip. The rhubarb definitely qualifies as "unique."

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Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

These Easy Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos with cabbage slaw are fast, easy and the BEST shrimp tacos you have ever had!

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Shrimp Tacos with Mango Habanero Salsa

No collection of "unique" tacos would be complete without a tear-producing habanero. IMHO. Proceed carefully with these serious heat chiles! These shrimp tacos have sweet heat, "instant pickled onions," and savory, succulent shrimp. All the yum!

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Fried Oyster Tacos with Citrus Salsa

Crispy cornmeal breaded and fried oysters in a soft corn tortilla topped with a fabulous citrus salsa and avocado! Fried Oyster Tacos with Citrus Salsa may rock your idea of taco Tuesdays…

🐖 Pork, Beef, Lamb, and Bison Taco Recipes

Irish Tacos with Corned Beef and Spicy Slaw

What to do withleftover corned beefon #TacoTuesday? Try these Irish Tacos with Corned Beef and Spicy Slaw!

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Ground Pork Carnitas Tacos

Love the taste of pork carnitas, but hate the long cooking time? If so, then theseGround Pork Carnitas Tacosare for you! Quick and easy, these ground pork tacos are ready in about 30 minutes. Ground pork is cooked and seasoned then topped with salsa verde, cotija cheese, cilantro and pickled onions for a tasty Mexican cuisine inspired meal...

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Mexican Pork Belly Tacos

With avocados and fresh watermelon salsa, these pork belly tacos are an indulgent new way to enjoy #TacoTuesday! Yes, they're indulgent, but "all things in moderation," right?

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Slow Cooker Korean Street Tacos

With a little planning, you can enjoy these Korean-inspired spicy, flavorful Slow Cooker Korean Street Tacos! Ginger, garlic, sriracha, beef, and tomatoes simmer in the slow cooker until they're falling apart tender...

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The Ultimate Spicy Tacos Al Pastor Recipe

This Spicy Tacos Al Pastor recipe is perfect for serving a crowd. You can bake it in an oven or on the grill. It's impressive to see and even more delicious to eat. I love the combination of achiote paste, guajillo chile, and pineapple juice in the marinade!

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Grilled Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Juicy grilled pork chunks and a tangy pineapple salsa pair up for a grill-inspired twist on Mexican tacos al pastor. Grilling boosts the flavor of both the pork and the pineapple! Cool idea. 🙂

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Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Tacos

Get dinner on the table in 20 minutes with these Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Tacos! A Mexican twist on the classic bulgogi recipe replaces the sliced steak with a ground beef & mushroom blend, then it’s piled into fresh tortillas with rice, veggies, kimchi, and a drizzle of sriracha!

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Tropical Beef Tacos

Turmeric and cumin are a great combination, but brushing the tortillas with the spice mixture definitely qualifies as "unique." And NY strip steak isn't too shabby either. 😉

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Lengua Tacos With Salsa Verde and Caramelized Onions

Lengua Tacos With Salsa Verde and Caramelized Onions? I'd say fresh corn tortillas stuffed with crispy diced and seasoned beef tongue, caramelized onions, salsa verde qualifies as "unique!"

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Tatanka Tacos

Lean bison steak is tender and deeply flavored with a simple coffee-rub. The steak is sliced thinly and served on corn tortillas topped with a dollop of spicy avocado crema, a tangy red cabbage slaw, and sprinkled with green onions for unforgettable tacos.

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Slow Cooker Harissa Lamb Tacos

Delicious Slow Cooked Lamb smothered in fun and flavorful harissa sauce and served with an easy avocado smash, fresh pomegranate salsa, and crunchy jicama sticks.

🌶️ Vegan and Vegetarian Taco Recipes

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Nopales Tacos

These vegetarian Nopales Tacos feature nopalitos (aka cactus pads), red chile sauce, caramelized onions, charred corn, and fresh toppings. With plenty of vitamins and minerals, they're a healthy way to shake up #MeatlessMonday or #TacoTuesday!

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Deconstructed Falafel Pita Tacos

With the Mediterranean flavors of a falafel, these pita tacos combine chick peas and spices with healthy toppings like cucumber, tzatziki, and avocado hummus. They're vegetarian and can be ready in just 20 minutes!

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Enchilada Lentil Tacos with Lime Slaw

These Enchilada Lentil Tacos have incredible depth of flavour! The lentils are cooked in a spicy enchilada sauce on the stove or in the slow cooker, then tucked inside tacos & topped with zesty lime slaw.

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Vegan Tempeh Tacos

I really do love tempeh in most preparations, and the spice combo in these vegan tacos - cumin, ancho powder, coriander - caught my eye. If you're looking for a vegan option for #tacoTuesday, you can't beat the protein in tempeh!

Thanks to the spicy and salty tomatillo salsa and the sweet mango pomegranate salsa, these tacos have the perfect mix of salty, sweet and spicy. Lentils bring the protein, and roasted cauliflower adds flavor and more veggies to a healthy vegetarian taco option!

Did you find a few you want to make? I hope to try them all! Pour a cold one and enjoy! P.S. If you need even more creative and healthyish taco ideas, don’t miss 25 Creative Healthy and Healthyish Taco Recipes!

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  1. What a diverse collection of tacos! I don’t know which one to start with. I did just buy a pound of Gulf shrimp, so that shrimp tacos are looking good.


    1. Tacos come in so many flavors and colors! Definitely try the shrimp tacos if you have some good shrimp. That’s one of my blogger friend’s most popular recipes!


  2. These look fantastic! I’m really looking forward to trying every single recipe in this roundup.


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