18 Inspired Ways to Eat Tacos for National Taco Day

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Today is National Taco Day, and I’m taking advantage of this food holiday. There are many ways to enjoy tacos, so where do you start? Do you go with something classic — a hard or soft shell that’s filled with meat, beans, veggies, and maybe a couple spicy additions like jalapeños or salsa? Or maybe a taco salad with taco croutons? What about all the breakfast taco options? It’s a hard decision.

Here are 18 taco recipes (and some taco-inspired recipes) that will fuel you through the rest of this very important day.

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This is literally bibimbap is taco form. There’s a ton of grilled flank steak, vegetables, and a fried egg if you’re feeling saucy.

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These tacos come together in 15 minutes, and there is shrimp, sauce, and a spicy salsa. What’s not to love?

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Is there anything more satisfying than eating a taco in the morning? It’s a taco! That you can you eat for breakfast! Sold.

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This recipe is a cross between a hard-shell taco and a quesadilla. You really can’t go wrong with either of those things.

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This taco bowl is heavy on the vegetables, and treats the hard-shell taco as a crouton.

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There’s no excuse to not make tacos tonight when you can make this recipe in under 10 minutes. Just 10 minutes!

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If you make this slow-cooker chicken in the morning, you could have tacos for dinner that same day!

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These are the most adorable pancakes that probably exist in the universe. It’s pancakes filled with fruit and Greek yogurt.

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Here’s another great example of a delicious breakfast taco. This one relies heavily on scrambled eggs and some seasonal veggies like zucchini.

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Those croutons you see in the photo above? They taste like your favorite taco. I’m not kidding.

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Fish tacos might seem like they’d be fussy or unsuitable for a weeknight, but they’re not. A simple pan-fry of any white fish is totally acceptable and only takes a few minutes to make.

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Tacos at their basic level are just a vehicle for delicious things. This recipe — with sweet potatoes and a cilantro sauce — is proof of this idea.

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This taco recipe is all about the fruit salsa. The salsa itself — made with rhubarb and pineapple — is a little unsurprising, but very special.

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These tacos are more of an excuse to eat a delicious salad.

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Who says tacos have to involve tortilla? These Swiss chard wraps are filled with everything you’d normally associate with a traditional taco.

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There’s no lettuce in sight for this vegetarian salad. It’s heavy on the raw, crunchy vegetables and light on the starches.

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Everyone needs a good 7-layer taco dip in their life. Let this one be yours.

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This is not your greasy taco salad of yesteryear — in fact, there’s no ranch dressing powder or “taco seasoning packets” in sight.

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