20 Delicious Taco Recipes for Cinco De Mayo - vegetarian, chicken, seafood, and beef options!

A taco night is a party night. The build-it-yourself buffet-style allows everyone to create the perfect combination of ingredients before folding up and digging in. Whether you gravitate toward soft shells or crunchy, corn, flour, or whole-wheat tortillas, the base is only the beginning. A memorable taco depends on more than semi-melted cheese and a basic dollop of sour cream. Load tacos up with main ingredients anywhere from grilled tofu and oven-baked chicken to spiced Barramundi, pulled pork, and Baja beef. Bursting with fillings, colors, and ethnic flavors, tacos don’t have to rely on classic Mexican ingredients (although you can never go wrong with simple and traditional pico, beans, and slaw). This Cinco de Mayo, try the taco take on Thai, Hawaiian, and Greek cuisines. It’s time to take a fun twist on the classic taco, because you can never eat just one. No matter your preference on different types of meat (or meatless), these 20 taco recipes will get your next fiesta started.

Vegetarian

Loaded Tofu Tacos

Crumbled tofu, mashed avocado, and black beans create a nutritious protein-punch all bundled up in an authentic corn tortilla. (Recipe and photo: Hip Foodie Mom)

Loaded Tofu Tacos

Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Tacos

Quinoa adds a nutty flavor to the traditional avocado, tomato, bean, and corn combination. (Recipe and photo: Cooking Classy)

Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Tacos

Fried Avocado Tacos Recipe

Crispy corn tortillas and bread crumb-coated, fried avocados create a crunchy taco bursting with cotija cheese, cabbage, and cherry tomatoes. (Recipe and photo: Foodie Crush)

Fried Avocado Tacos Recipe

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Pepita Dip

These tacos combine colorful roasted sweet potato, vibrant, smashed avocado and crumbled feta. (Recipe and photo: Cookie and Kate)

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Pepita Dip

Chicken

Shredded Chicken Tacos

These simple chicken and cheese-filled tacos deserve an extra cheesy Spanish rice accompaniment. (Recipe and photo: Just Another Day in Paradise)

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Oven Baked Chicken Tacos

This seasoned dish oozes with refried beans, tomato sauce, and shredded Mexican cheese. (Recipe and photo: Novice Housewife)

Oven Baked Chicken Tacos

Thai Chicken Tacos

All the ingredients of a Thai lettuce wrap combine in a small corn tortilla, complete with peanut sauce and fresh cilantro. (Recipe and photo: Mountain Mama Cooks)

Thai Chicken Tacos

Greek Salad Tacos with Cucumber Dill Dressing

When layered in a flour tortilla, a refreshing Greek side salad of cucumbers, olives, feta and grilled chicken takes on a cross-cultural twist. (Recipe and photo: The Creativity Exchange)

Greek Salad Tacos with Cucumber Dill Dressing

Fish & Shrimp

Grilled Fish Tacos

Halibut or Mahi Mahi only require a thin layer of cabbage, onion, and tomato for a refreshing seafood dish. (Recipe and photo: Natural Noshing)

Grilled Fish Tacos

Salmon Tacos with Avocado-Tomatillo Salsa

Lime, jalapeño, and sea salt take these salmon tacos to the next level. (Recipe and photo: Five and Spice on NoshOn.It)

Salmon Tacos with Avocado-Tomatillo Salsa

Spiced Barramundi Fish Tacos with Spanish Rice and Chipotle Cream

The cream topping seeps into buttery Barramundi on a bed of Spanish rice with a kick. (Recipe and photo: Climbing Grier Mountain on NoshOn.It)

Spiced Barramundi Fish Tacos with Spanish Rice and Chipotle Cream

Jerk Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa, Slaw and Piña Colada Crema

Sweet and spicy combine in this island-inspired, fruity taco recipe with a hint of rum. (Recipe and photo: Closet Cooking)

Jerk Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa, Slaw and Piña Colada Crema

Pork

Tacos al Pastor

These authentic and smoky “Shepherd’s Style” tacos collect complex flavors from a combination of onion, garlic, and pork that marinates overnight and is then seared (Recipe and photo: Spicie Foodie on NoshOn.It)

Tacos al Pastor

Carnitas and Tacos

The Tart Tart’s tender tacos get their flavor from sliced radishes, pickled jalapeños, and authentic carnitas that simmer for two hours. (Recipe and photo: The Tart Tart)

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Hawaiian Tacos

Fresh pineapple, mango, and avocado add an especially summery vibe to this fun, vacation-worthy recipe. (Recipe and photo: Taste and Tell)

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Smoky Pulled Pork Tacos with Cherry-Peach Salsa

Soft tortillas pop with a fruity salsa and easy crock pot-cooked meat that offers a lighter, more refreshing version of a pulled pork sandwich. (Recipe and photo: Iowa Girl Eats)

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Beef

Grilled Steak Tacos with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce

Marinated flank steak, citrus juices, and cilantro offer a twist on the traditional Carne Asada taco. (Recipe and photo: Feasting at Home)

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American-Style Ground Beef Tacos

This accessible recipe offers a special crunch: crispy, pan-fried corn tortillas that beat store-bought hard taco shells anyday. (Recipe and photo: From Away)

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Baja Beef Tacos

After a day of marinating, the beef soaks up cider vinegar, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and more for a taco packed with flavor and topped with vibrant, fresh salsa. (Recipe and photo: Chocolate Broccoli)

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