Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream
With simple recipes for a weeknight meal and some fit for a more extravagant night of entertaining, tacos are just right for most any occasion. With a variety of ingredients to please any palate, these combinations are among Cooking Light's best, as decided by our readers.
First, we start off with an authentic Mexican-style taco. Bring this taste to your table by cooking the chicken in a mixture of ancho chili powder and cumin and serving over corn tortillas topped with slaw and avocado cream.
Tacos Al Pastor with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
These tacos have quite the kick with jalapeño, but the grilled pineapple salsa topping helps to cool them down. If you want to tame the spice, seed the jalapeño and chop it, or simply omit it.
Blackened Tilapia Baja Tacos
Blackening tilapia gives it a bold flavor, which is further enhanced with cilantro, lime, and avocado in a corn tortilla.
Grilled Pork Tacos with Summer Corn and Nectarine Salsa
Embrace the warm summer weather and flavors by grilling the pork for these tacos, then adding a summer corn and nectarine salsa to the mix. Be sure to zest your lime before you slice and juice it.
Wild Mushroom, Flank Steak, and Poblano Tacos
This Tex-Mex favorite tastes as good as it looks. Please your family by letting everyone choose their own toppings to add to the tacos.
Chicken Carne Asada Tacos with Pickled Onions
We replaced beef with seasoned chicken for a fresh take on this traditional Mexican dish.
Fiesta Chicken Tacos with Mango and Jicama Salad
Add fresh fruits and vegetables to spicy chicken tacos for an inspired Mexican meal.
Tacos al Carbon
Although "al carbon" means to cook over charcoal, bring this dish indoors by sautéing steak, onions, and peppers to make a one-pan taco filling reminiscent of fajitas. The piquant flavors of lime and garlic in the dressing enhance almost anything, so feel free to substitute chicken, lamb, or shrimp for the beef.
Chipotle Shrimp Tacos
Shrimp is a fun twist on the traditional taco filling, and this recipe is great for a weeknight dinner or entertaining company. It only takes about 15 minutes and has a lot of flavor, as well as some heat from the chipotle chile powder. Serve with fresh orange sections.
Carnitas Tacos with Pickled Red Onion
The pork gets a big flavor boost from achiote paste, a mix of ground annatto seeds, vinegar, salt, and spices. Find it at Latin markets.
Mushroom and Charred Corn Tacos with Guacamole
This quick taco filling is perfect for weeknight dinners, Poblano chiles bring rich, earthy flavor but little to no heat. (Every once in a while you can get a hot one, though.) If you want to add a little spice, add some crushed red pepper when you sauté the mushrooms.
In Latin cuisine, a little bit of blistering on tortillas, peppers, onions, and garlic adds pleasant smoke and incredible complexity to a dish. The marinade for our Steak Tacos depends on this for bold taste that can stand up to the Toasted Chile Salsa.
If you're ready for a real game changer, make your own homemade tortillas instead of buying the bagged kind. If you're in a pinch, the La Tortilla Factory corn tortillas are the next best thing to homemade.
Lime-Cilantro Pork Tacos
These easy pork tacos get their fantastic flavor from lime juice, cilantro, and fresh jalapeño. Use the same pan to brown the pork and make the rave-worthy sauce.
Spicy Turkey Soft Tacos
Turkey is a leaner alternative to ground beef, and gives a new taste and texture to what you expect in a taco filling. This recipe calls for making your own mole sauce, but don't let that intimidate you. It's easy to prepare and comes together in a flash. Be careful, though: the turkey will spatter from time to time in the pan during the browning process.
Tex-Mex Beef Tacos
Add some pizazz to traditional soft beef tacos by including corn kernels and black beans in the filling. They can also be served in crunchy corn taco shells.
Chipotle Pork Soft Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
Pork, a common taco filling throughout Latin America, takes well to spices. A slightly sweet fruit salsa helps balance the heat. Serve with lime wedges.
Black Bean Tacos
Seitan has a neutral flavor and a chewy, meatlike texture. Look for it in the refrigerated sections of health food stores or Asian markets. It may also be labeled wheat gluten.