It’s #tacotuesday, and you don’t feel like having the same old (very familiar) tacos? Well have I got 25 Unique Taco Ideas for #tacoTuesday! Each taco recipe has an interesting twist (or two), most are really healthy, and all are sure to tickle your tastebuds!
I live on the border in McAllen, TX. Tacos are definitely a “thing.” In New Mexico, it was all about chile. In south Texas, it’s about TACOS.
Tacos are so versatile, flavorful, and easy to customize. By the simplest definition, a taco is food stuffed into a folded tortilla. With one exception (a pita taco), that describes these tacos. I’ve brought you chicken, fish and seafood, beef, pork, lamb, vegan and vegetarian, and even bison!
Chicken Taco Recipes
Take a break from the ordinary and serve up these Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken Tacos topped with a fresh pineapple, mango, and avocado salsa for dinner this Taco Tuesday!
Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken Tacos from A Simple Pantry
An Apple Pico de Gallo and interesting spice combination (turmeric, mustard, cumin) definitely qualify these tacos as “unique!”
Chicken Cabbage Potato Tacos with Apple Pico de Gallo from Garnish and Glaze
Easy, one pan, mouth watering, figure friendly, Indo Mexican fusion recipe! Indian Vindaloo paste provides the flavor for the chicken, but you’ll find more traditional toppings like red cabbage, corn, guacamole, and lime too!
Chicken Vindaloo Tacos from Indfused
Fish and Seafood Tacos
The Pickled Radishes and Onions in these Blackened Salmon Tacos caught my eye in these super-healthy fish tacos!
Blackened Salmon Tacos from Running to the Kitchen
Tequila? Yes please! The fish in these Grilled Tequila Lime Fish Tacos get marinated in tequila and fresh lime juice. Yum!
Grilled Tequila Lime Fish Tacos from My Kitchen Love
These cod tacos are not your average fish tacos. The fish has some of your more typical seasoning, but there’s some added zing from the tasty pickled strawberry slaw. An easy, colorful and fresh-tasting meal.
Cod Tacos with Pickled Strawberry Slaw from Caroline’s Cooking
Salmon soaks in an “al pastor” marinade, spends 10 minutes in a hot oven, and gets topped with a simple (and fresh) pineapple salsa. Voilà!
Fish Tacos al Pastor from The Kitcheneer
These Grilled Fish Tacos with Pineapple Rhubarb Salsa are stuffed with salt and pepper crusted fish, a piquant fruit salsa and they’re topped with a creamy avocado dip. The rhubarb definitely qualifies as “unique.”
Grilled Fish Tacos with Pineapple Rhubarb Salsa from Flavour & Savour
Why do I love these Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos? I live near the Gulf of Mexico! Shrimp is a mainstay in our diet, and these flavorful tacos are beyond speedy… ready in under 30 minutes!
Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos from Fox and Briar
No collection of “unique” tacos would be complete without a tear-producing habanero. IMHO. Proceed carefully with these serious heat chiles! These shrimp tacos have sweet heat, “instant pickled onions,” and savory, succulent shrimp. All the yum!
Shrimp Tacos with Mango Habanero Salsa from Killing Thyme
Crispy cornmeal breaded and fried oysters in a soft corn tortilla topped with a fabulous citrus salsa and avocado! Fried Oyster Tacos with Citrus Salsa may rock your idea of taco Tuesdays…
Fried Oyster Tacos with Citrus Salsa from Beyond Mere Sustenance
Pork, Beef (Bison), and Lamb Tacos
Love the taste of pork carnitas, but hate the long cooking time? If so, then these Ground Pork Carnitas Tacos are for you! Quick and easy, these ground pork tacos are ready in about 30 minutes. Ground pork is cooked and seasoned then topped with salsa verde, cotija cheese, cilantro and pickled onions for a tasty Mexican cuisine inspired meal…
Ground Pork Carnitas Tacos from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I just had to include an Irish-Mexican fusion taco! What makes this one “unique?” Guinness of course. 🙂 And nothing beats a slow oven braise in my opinion!
Irish Tacos – Guinness Braised Pork + Green Crema from The Cheerful Kitchen
This Spicy Tacos Al Pastor recipe is perfect for serving a crowd. You can bake it in an oven or on the grill. It’s impressive to see and even more delicious to eat. I love the combination of achiote paste, guajillo chile, and pineapple juice in the marinade!
The Ultimate Spicy Tacos al Pastor Recipe from Hostess at Heart
Juicy grilled pork chunks and a tangy pineapple salsa pair up for a grill-inspired twist on Mexican tacos al pastor. Grilling boosts the flavor of both the pork and the pineapple! Cool idea. 🙂
Grilled Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa from Crumb
Pork belly slow cooked in beer? Yes please! Yes, pork belly isn’t the most “healthy” taco ingredient, but an occasional indulgence makes discipline easier… Plus, look at the healthy toppings!
Pork Belly Tacos with Pickled Onion, Roasted Pineapple, and Avocado Lime Sour Cream from Savor with Jennifer
Get dinner on the table in 20 minutes with these Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Tacos! A Mexican twist on the classic bulgogi recipe replaces the sliced steak with a ground beef & mushroom blend, then it’s piled into fresh tortillas with rice, veggies, kimchi, and a drizzle of sriracha!
Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Tacos from The Crumby Kitchen
Turmeric and cumin are a great combination, but brushing the tortillas with the spice mixture definitely qualifies as “unique.” And NY strip steak isn’t too shabby either. 😉
Tropical Beef Tacos from Savory Experiments
Lengua Tacos With Salsa Verde and Caramelized Onions? Yea or nay? An ultra fresh corn tortilla (tortilla de maiz) is stuffed with crispy diced and seasoned beef tongue (lengua), caramelized onions, salsa verde made with roasted tomatillos, Hatch green chile, onions, and garlic, crumbled fresh cheese and cilantro. Delicioso!
Lengua Tacos With Salsa Verde and Caramelized Onions from Beyond Mere Sustenance
Lean bison steak is tender and deeply flavored with a simple coffee-rub. The steak is sliced thinly and served on corn tortillas topped with a dollop of spicy avocado crema, a tangy red cabbage slaw, and sprinkled with green onions for unforgettable tacos.
Tatanka Tacos from Muy Bueno Cookbook
Delicious Slow Cooked Lamb smothered in fun and flavorful harissa sauce and served with an easy avocado smash, fresh pomegranate salsa, and crunchy jicama sticks.
Slow Cooker Harissa Lamb Tacos from The Forked Spoon
Vegan and Vegetarian Tacos
With the Mediterranean flavors of a falafel, these pita tacos combine chick peas and spices with healthy toppings like cucumber, tzatziki, and avocado hummus. They’re vegetarian and can be ready in just 20 minutes!
Deconstructed Falafel Pita Tacos from A Simple Pantry
These Enchilada Lentil Tacos have incredible depth of flavour! The lentils are cooked in a spicy enchilada sauce on the stove or in the slow cooker, then tucked inside tacos & topped with zesty lime slaw.
Enchilada Lentil Tacos with Lime Slaw from A Virtual Vegan
I really do love tempeh in most preparations, and the spice combo in these vegan tacos – cumin, ancho powder, coriander – caught my eye. If you’re looking for a vegan option for #tacoTuesday, you can’t beat the protein in tempeh!
Vegan Tempeh Tacos from The Live-In Kitchen
Thanks to the spicy and salty tomatillo salsa and the sweet mango pomegranate salsa, these tacos have the perfect mix of salty, sweet and spicy. Lentils bring the protein, and roasted cauliflower adds flavor and more veggies to a healthy vegetarian taco option!
Salsa Verde Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos with Mango Pomegranate Salsa from The Forked Spoon
Did you find a few you want to make? I hope to try them all! Pour a cold one and enjoy!
Cocktails to Pair with Tacos
- Salsa Sunset: A Savory Margarita from Beyond Mere Sustenance
- An Exotic Tropical Margarita from Beyond Mere Sustenance
- Blood Orange Margarita with Smoky Salt from Fox and Briar
- The Campanella – A Paloma Cocktail Variation from A Tipsy Giraffe
- Hot and Bubbly Margarita Recipe from Midlife Croissant
- The JH Hibiscus Margarita from Little Sugar Snaps