You know what the world needs more of? (What’s that you say? Love? I mean, you’re not wrong, and also isn’t that a song? Anyway.) You know what the world REALLY needs more of? (Guys, it was a rhetorical question, okay? But yes, you’re right, more empathy would take our planet far. ANYWAY.) The world would be a much richer, happier, more harmonious place if only we had more — (FOR CRYING OUT LOUD WE ALL WANT WORLD PEACE, what is this a pageant?!) Tacos, guys. The world needs more tacos.
Tacos are pretty high on the Sarah Adoration Hierarchy, beat out only by my two meow machines, select humans and coffee. Well, maybe coffee. I can’t choose a favorite and you can’t make me.
The point is – I have more favorite varieties of tacos than I can count. Al pastor? Gimme dat pineapple. Breakfast? Probably one of the only things Ron Swanson and I would agree on is the perfection that is eggs and bacon in a perfectly grilled tortilla. Veggie? The more colors the better, please! And if we’re being honest, I’ll even admit to harboring a secret and shameful love for Taco Bell Crunchy Tacos. Go ahead, judge me, I can take it.
On this Taco Tuesday, I would like to share with you some of my most favorite, tried and true taco recipes.
1. Budget Bytes Chipotle Orange Pork Tacos
I have made these absolutely amazing tacos more times than I can count and they never seem to get old. First of all, this is a slow cooker recipe, a.k.a. super easy and requiring minimal effort (and who doesn’t love that?). Second, it has so. much. flavor! The orange and cilantro keep it bright and fresh, and the chipotle peppers add a delightful smokiness. I demand you all go make this as soon as humanly possible. Don’t eat pork? It’s just as good with chicken. I’ll stop rambling now, but seriously – you will not be disappointed.
2. Ambitious Kitchen’s Blackened Salmon Tacos with Forbidden Rice and Mango Guacamole
Don’t let the lengthy name scare you – while slightly more labor-intensive than the previous tacos, these salmon tacos are 110% worth the effort (and still PRETTY simple). I may or may not have eaten the remaining mango guac from this recipe with a spoon, it was THAT good. On top of being insanely tasty, these also look hella impressive – I would totally serve these to guests with a mango margarita to top it all off.
3. Spicy Beef Tacos with Broccoli Rabe
Do you like Chinese beef & broccoli? If the answer is yes, you need these tacos in your life. I am a fan of all things Asian fusion (a trait stemming from my Chinese and Japanese heritage combined with my penchant for
never following a recipe experimenting liberally in the kitchen). I am an even bigger fan when these things come in the form of tacos. Andie Mitchell combines the two flawlessly. Full disclosure: I made these with kale instead of broccoli rabe, which I could not find, and they were still 10/10 delish.
4. Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Tacos
These tacos from Skinnytaste fall into my favorite “healthy but doesn’t taste TOO healthy” category of foods. The lettuce shell keeps them light so the protein-packed, gingery, peanut-buttery filling can shine. This recipe uses PB2, a staple in my pantry since I am a level 10 peanut butter addict who would happily eat her weight in the stuff daily if left to her own devices. This recipe only gets better overnight, too, once the flavors have marinated and mingled. I have been known to make a large batch of this and eat it for lunch all week long. On rice. On salads. In wraps. By itself. You get the picture.
5. Roasted Yam, Black Bean and Spinach Tacos with Cashew Cream Sauce
Not only are these totally delicious tacos totally vegan as well, they also feature my favorite-ever veggie combo: avocado, sweet potatoes and black beans. I honestly incorporate these things into essentially every dish possible they are SO GOOD together. I also love the simplicity of this recipe, which really allows all of the vibrant veggies to shine.
And now, if you will excuse me, I am off to partake in my own Taco Tuesday celebrations – and thanks to this post, I’m already plotting what I’ll be whipping up seven days from now.
What are your go-to taco recipes?