I dare you to not get excited when someone tells you “tonight is taco night.” The phrase is often uttered on Tuesday and celebrations usually involve cooking some ground beef, chopping up some fresh peppers and onions, making some guacamole, shredding some cheese and making delicious tacos. Of course, you can always head out to one of the millions of taco joints in your hometown and grab some of their unique creations to celebrate Taco Tuesday as well, but here at We Got Food Covered, we firmly believe in making your own.
Usually, a taco is some sort of seasoned meat (ground beef, chicken, steak, fish, anything) topped with various vegetables, sauces and wrapped up in a tortilla (corn, flour, crunchy, soft, whatever). There are certain flavor profiles that typically dominate the taco scene, but the term “taco” can apply to many types of cuisine; it’s not limited to Mexican fare. Honestly, you can wrap pretty much anything up in a tortilla and call it a taco.
The 40 recipes you’ll find in the gallery above may push the limits of the term, but they’ll undoubtedly make your mouth water as well. We’ve got your standard steak and chicken tacos, but also a few interesting variations on the classics. For instance, what about throwing some strawberry salsa on your shredded chicken tacos? Or how about using spicy salmon, braised duck or flounder as your protein? Or maybe don’t use meat at all; tofu and quinoa can make tasty tacos as well. The options really are endless.
Whether you go classic Mexican flavors or branch out to Greek, Indian or even Italian, tacos are always a treat – especially on Tuesday! Make one or make all 40. Either way, this list won’t disappoint.