would say that May should officially be named “Taco Month,” but let’s face it: that’s every month here in Austin. And it’s one of the reasons why I love this town since in my opinion there are few more delicious flavor combinations than grilled veggies or steak wrapped up in a warm corn tortilla with a dollop of guacamole. Mmmm… Before I get lost in my fantasies, I thought it would be fitting to kick off Cinco de Mayo weekend with a countdown of my 13 best taco recipes of all time. They’re wide-ranging, from veggie versions to breakfast specialties to one that even ditches the tortilla.

Keep scrolling for links to all the recipes, and I’d love to hear your favorite taco recipe (or restaurant!) in the comments.

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos With Cilantro Pesto

These roasted cauliflower tacos have become weeknight faves at our house, and they just so happen to be vegan, gluten-free and packed with all kinds of good-for-you ingredients. (Not that you’d notice as you devour another one.)

Tequila Lime Fish Tacos

There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than with a bright, zesty serving of fish tacos. I start with a marinade using tequila and lime zest, grill the fish to flaky perfection, and then top the tacos with crunch cabbage and some tangy pickled red onions.

Hoisin Chicken Cabbage Tacos

This is a lightened-up and truly healthy version inspired by the flavors in classic Peking Duck. I’d never used cabbage as the “wrapper” for tacos before, and it worked out even better than I’d imagined.

Taco Salad Bites

I love chips & queso as much as any other self-respecting Austinite, but sometimes I’m in the mood to set out appetizers that are a little more unexpected, so: these healthy little taco salad bites were born.

Roasted Veggie Tacos With Chipotle Mayo

These are some of the most satisfying vegetarian dinners I make—meat eaters won’t even notice.

Pita Tostadas With Butternut Squash, Black Beans, & Avocado

Okay, these aren’t technically tacos, but since they’re one of our most popular recipes of all time, I figured I better include them. The ingredients are unexpected, so just trust me on this one and make them immediately.

Cucumber & Pineapple Shrimp Tacos

All my favorite flavors of summer rolled up into one delicious, charred-on-the-grill bite.

Pumpkin Spice Tacos

‘Cause pumpkin spice flavor is too good to only enjoy in the winter. This filling with black beans and red onion is so good you’ll want to double the batch and eat the leftovers all week long.

Simple Breakfast Tacos With Avocado

It’s how I start almost every Saturday morning.

Fish Tacos With Avocado Crema

A few fresh veggies, 3-ingredient avocado crema, plus an affordable fish like tilapia and you’ve got one of my favorite summertime dinners on the planet.

Chimichurri Fish Tacos

A trip to Cabo San Lucas inspired the best taco recipe I’ve ever had. This is the perfect combination of just-cooked fish, cooling cabbage, creamy aioli, and lots of heat wrapped up in a warm corn tortilla—it still makes me drool.

Lime-y Chicken Tacos With Jicama, Avocado, & Mint

Inspired by the famous rotisserie agave-lime chicken taco at El Santo, this delicious taco recipe is the perfect combination of fresh corn tortilla, avocado, jicama, carrot, and jalapeño, combined with a cooling chipotle aioli and fresh mint. Yum!

Chili-Rubbed Salmon Tacos With Cashew-Broccoli Slaw

in Austin, Tacos are a way of life. They can be dressed up or down, and are perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Comfort food? Health food? Somewhere in between? Exempt from the rules, tacos are one of those rare foods that can be both stress-free and nutritious, no fork and knife required. This salmon taco definitely is a prime example of how simple ingredients can be elevated when enveloped in the humble canvas that is a warm, corn tortilla.

This post was originally published on May 1, 2019, and has since been updated.

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Comments (11)
  1. 1
    janetfazio May 5, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Love these ideas! I’m inspired to throw a taco-themed party

  2. 2
    OH LA LATKES May 5, 2018 at 11:07 am

    So many great ideas. The Taco Salad Bites and the Cucumber and Pineapple Shrimp Tacos really have caught my eye. Can’t wait to try these combinations.


  3. 3
    BeingIsabella May 5, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Oh boy! These look so delicious! I’m a huge taco lover, and with summer on the road ahead, I know I’ll be making tons of them. The Pita Tostadas with Butternut Squash, Black Beans, & Avocado tacos look amazing as well as the Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Cilantro Pesto ones. yay to tacos 😀


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    Shayla May 15, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Austin, TX has some of the best food around. I would know, I live there!! Try Curra’s, it is delicious Mexican food, and be sure to ask for the red tortillas, they are home made and to die for!

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    Brett Opaleski June 12, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Great taco recipes!!!!