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18 Tasty Twists on Tacos

Highly versatile, customizable, and so easy to stuff full of extra veggies and nutrients, tacos are a clean eater's dream. Here are our favorite recipes to step up your taco game.

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1. Spicy Shredded Beef Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Slow-Cooker shredded beef tacos recipe

Savory spiced beef is topped with a sweet pineapple salsa in these irresistible, finger-licking-good tacos.

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2. Spicy Lentil Meatball Tacos With Lime Pepita Cream

Lentil Meatball Taco recipe
Kelly Brisson

Forget black beans, these vegetarian tacos feature protein-packed lentil meatballs.

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3. Brisket Tacos with Tangy Chimichurri Zucchini

Slow cooker brisket tacos recipe

The rich, deep flavor of braised beef is a perfect match for the subtle, sweet smokiness of ancho chiles. These melt-
in-your-mouth tacos serve a crowd and can be made ahead – they’re tailor-made for a taco party!

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4. Sweet & Spiced Pulled Chicken Tacos

Sweet mango is combined with aromatic spices to infuse chicken with maximum flavor. Topped with a crunchy cabbage and mango slaw, these tacos are a showstopping dish.

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5. Crispy Fish Tacos with Roasted Corn, Grapefruit & Cucumber Salsa


Skip the deep fryer and make use of the oven! We coated tender halibut in brown rice cereal and topped it with our roasted corn salsa and yogurt-feta sauce.

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6. Chile Lime Pork Tacos with Papaya Avocado Salsa

Zesty taco recipe
Maya Visnyei

The classic mingling of chile and lime in these juicy pork tacos is sure to draw your family to the table tonight! If you can’t find tomatillos for the salsa, substitute with vine-ripened tomatoes.

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7. Beef Carnitas Tacos with Salsa Fresca

Slow cooker beef carnitas tacos recipe

Taco night has never been so tasty! This recipe uses chuck roast, an economical cut of beef made for the slow cooker. Serve with our salsa fresca.

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8. Lobster Tacos with Jicama, Corn, Cabbage & Avocado Toppings

Lobster Tacos recipe

Fresh lobster and crunchy jicama take the ordinary street taco to new heights. No lobster? Substitute cod or another white fish.

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9. Sloppy Open-Faced Tacos

This Tex-Mex spin on sloppy joes is sure to become a weeknight family favorite.

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10. Thai Chicken Tacos

Slow cooker Thai chicken tacos recipe
Photo by Yvonne Duivenvoorden

Warm corn tortillas envelop tender shreds of nutty chicken in this unexpected slow-cooker creation. A tangy fresh mint and cucumber topping brings the Thai-Mexican mingling together for an exotic, spicy meal.

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11. Classic Tacos

Taco recipe
Jodi Pudge

Our vegetarian take on the classic will wow meat lovers – they’re dripping with a homemade, savory mushroom-cauliflower sauce that mimics a traditional beef filling.

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12. Fish Tacos with Pineapple Jicama Slaw

Mahi mahi is grilled with a coriander and cumin seed crust, which provides the perfect balance to the light and crunchy pineapple jicama slaw, and the whole meal is ready in just 40 minutes!

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13. Turkey-Black Bean Soft Tacos

White meat taco recipe
Edward Pond

Ground turkey paired with black beans makes these tacos lean and filling. Corn tortillas are a whole-grain food, making them a tasty and wholesome alternative to white-flour tortillas.

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14. Chipotle Lime Fish Tacos with Mango Coconut Salsa

Fish tacos recipe
Laura Wright

These light and fresh fish tacos feature grilled cod and mango.

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15. Grilled Fish Tacos with Jalapeño Slaw

Grilled Fish Tacos with Jalapeno Slaw

Chile-rubbed sea bass is topped with crispy cabbage and spicy jalapeño in this super-stuffed taco. Buttermilk yogurt dressing adds a decadent touch to this easy recipe.

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16. Watermelon Lobster Tacos

Whether post-exercise or not, perk up your summer tacos with a dose of hydrating, low-cal watermelon. The juicy fruit pairs perfectly with tender lobster meat!

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17. Roasted Vegetable Tacos with Edamame Guacamole

Lighten up your tacos by trading classic guacamole for a version made with edamame and silken tofu.

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18. Chorizo Tacos With Creamy Slaw

Photography by Seuch & Beck

If you can make the slaw up to a day ahead, do it – it tastes even better when it’s had time to relax and the flavors have blended. Simply cover and refrigerate until serving time. Get creative and add additional toppings like sliced radishes, diced avocado or sour cream.

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