As far as we're concerned, tacos are the solution to pretty much any weeknight dinner dilemma. Looking for an easy make-ahead meal? Just plug in your slow cooker to whip up crockpot chicken tacos. Over salads? Let these shrimp taco recipes tantalize your taste buds instead. Want to dine alfresco? These fish tacos were practically made to be enjoyed outdoors with a cold Corona in hand.
In search of inspired taco recipes to add to our rotation, we turned to none other than the innovative foodies behind Broma Bakery, Half Baked Harvest, and The Modern Proper. Spanning blackened fish tacos with avocado cilantro lime cream to Korean-inspired bulgogi barbecue tacos (which are—spoiler alert—made in an Instant Pot), these recipes are simply too good to reserve for just Taco Tuesday. Keep scrolling for the nine best taco recipes to make any day of the week.
Blackened Fish Tacos With Avocado Cilantro Lime Crema
The Hero Ingredient: The avocado cilantro lime crema, comprised of freshly squeezed lime juice, unsweetened almond milk, plenty of cilantro, and, of course, a ripe avocado, is the perfect condiment to pair with these blackened fish tacos.
The Pro Tip: To take these homemade tacos to the next level, "heat the corn tortillas on a grill or in a microwave until warm," suggests recipe creator Sarah of Broma Bakery. Then fill with cabbage, tilapia, charred corn, jalapeños, and drizzle with the crema.
Instant Pot Korean Bulgogi Barbecue Tacos
The Hero Ingredient: The sweet and spicy Korean-inspired bulgogi barbecue sauce is, without a doubt, the standout ingredient in this recipe. Soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili paste, ginger, and garlic come together to make these Instant Pot tacos crave-able.
The Pro Tip: Primarily cooked in an Instant Pot, "these tacos can be made and ready in less than 25 minutes," notes recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest, "making them the perfect dinner for any night of the week."
Roasted Cauliflower Tacos
The Hero Ingredient: Tossed in olive oil, simply seasoned with store-bought taco mix, and roasted to perfection (aka crispy on the outside, soft on the inside), the cauliflower florets in these tacos are so good that even staunch carnivores will go in for seconds (and thirds).
The Pro Tip: "The key to achieving the ideal texture and color with your roasted cauliflower is using high heat," divulges recipe creator Natalie of The Modern Proper. "Roasting it at too low a temperature will result in a mushy texture, which is not at all what we're going for here."
Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Tacos
The Hero Ingredient: The shredded beef. These slow cooker barbacoa beef tacos are made using a chuck roast, a relatively inexpensive, fatty cut of meat that reaches ideal tenderness after simmering low and slow in a delicious sauce for few hours.
The Pro Tip: "If you're short on time, set the cooker to high and let it go for four hours," advises recipe creator Natalie of The Modern Proper. "If you've got all day—or are headed to work—set it to low and let the cooker work its low-and-slow magic for eight hours."
Sweet Potato Tacos
The Hero Ingredient: Crunchy and flavorful on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, the roasted sweet potatoes are hands down the hero ingredient in these vegetarian-friendly tacos. (PSA: To make the recipe vegan-friendly, simply omit the cheese.)
The Pro Tip: "For a slightly less super-raw-crunchy slaw, toss the red cabbage with the dressing for an hour or so before you plan to eat it, and let the salt and lime juice work their acidic, cabbage-softening magic," recommends recipe creator Holly of The Modern Proper.
Chimichurri Steak Tacos
The Hero Ingredient: The chimichurri. Made with cilantro, parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, and lime juice and seasoned with spicy red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, this herby sauce is the ideal condiment to serve with these charred steak tacos.
The Pro Tip: Don't skip the pickled onions. "You can always buy pickled onions, but you can also pickle them so quickly and so easily," says recipe creator Sarah of Broma Bakery. By following the simple instructions included in this recipe, you can whip them up in just 15 minutes. Easy.
Caribbean Shrimp Tacos With Roasted Jalapeño Pineapple Salsa
The Hero Ingredient: These Caribbean-inspired shrimp tacos are topped with a roasted jalapeño pineapple salsa verde that's much easier to make than it sounds. Roasted tomatillos, sliced jalapeños, and garlic are blended with fresh lime juice, orange juice, and cilantro before adding the cubed pineapple and mango—and a pinch of salt for good measure.
The Pro Tip: "Both the shrimp and the ingredients for the salsa are roasted on the same sheet pan, making this a one sheet pan and done kind of recipe," discloses recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. Since shrimp cooks up quickly, these tacos are ready in just about twenty minutes, she adds.
Coconut Salmon Tacos With Sriracha Mayo
The Hero Ingredient: In case the recipe title didn't tip you off, the coconut marinated salmon is the most important (and delectable) part of these tacos. To make the marinade, combine a can of full-fat coconut milk, lime juice and zest, ginger, salt, and cayenne pepper in a quart-sized ziplock bag before adding the salmon.
The Pro Tip: For the most flavorful results, allow the salmon to marinate for at least two (and up to six) hours, recommends recipe creator Sarah of Broma Bakery.
Slow Cooker Chipotle Orange Street Tacos
The Hero Ingredient: A colorful purple cabbage and pineapple slaw lend much-needed crunch to these slow cooker chipotle orange street tacos. A squeeze of lime brings all the sweet, spicy, and savory flavors together with a bit of fresh brightness.
The Pro Tip: "The chipotle peppers give the chicken that spicy, smoky, authentic Mexican flavor," notes recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "And the sweet and tangy orange juice helps not only to balance the heat but also keeps the chicken from drying out."