Tips To Make Taco Recipes For Dinner Quick

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Tacos are a weeknight dinner champion. They’re endlessly customizable, quick to prepare, and perfect for feeding a crowd. This guide dives into the world of tacos, offering up classic recipes, creative fillings, and essential tips to transform your taco Tuesdays (or any day!) into a fiesta.

Classic Beef Tacos

Easy Taco Recipes - Best Taco Recipes For Cinco De Mayo
Easy Taco Recipes – Best Taco Recipes For Cinco De Mayo

These tacos are a crowd-pleasing staple.

# Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Chopped lettuce (optional)
  • Diced tomato (optional)
  • Sliced avocado (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)

  • # Directions:

    1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute.
    2. Add ground beef and crumble with a spoon as it cooks. Drain any excess grease.
    3. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, or until thickened.
    4. Warm tortillas according to package instructions.
    5. Fill tortillas with your desired amount of beef mixture. Top with your favorite toppings like cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and sour cream.

    Shredded Chicken Tacos

    These tacos offer a lighter alternative to beef.

    # Ingredients:

    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced green chiles (mild or hot, depending on your preference)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional)
  • Chopped red onion (optional)
  • Cilantro (optional)
  • Lime wedges (optional)

  • # Directions:

    1. Place chicken breasts in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove chicken from pot and shred with two forks.
    2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add diced tomatoes, black beans, green chiles, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
    3. Stir in shredded chicken and heat through.
    4. Warm tortillas according to package instructions.
    5. Fill tortillas with your desired amount of chicken mixture. Top with your favorite toppings like cheese, red onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.

    Black Bean and Corn Veggie Tacos

    These vegetarian tacos are packed with flavor and nutrients.

    # Ingredients:

    1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15-ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1 bell pepper, any color, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Cotija cheese (optional)
  • Chopped avocado (optional)
  • Lime wedges (optional)

  • # Directions:

    1. In a large bowl, combine black beans, corn, bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, olive oil, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
    2. Warm tortillas according to package instructions.
    3. Fill tortillas with your desired amount of black bean and corn mixture. Top with your favorite toppings like Cotija cheese, avocado, and a squeeze of lime.

    Top Tips for Taco Perfection:

    Warm those tortillas! Cold tortillas are unpleasant. Warm them in a skillet, microwave, or wrapped in foil in the oven for a few minutes.

  • Don’t skimp on the toppings! Fresh ingredients like lettuce, tomato, avocado, and salsa add bursts of flavor and texture.
  • Get creative with fillings! Shredded leftover chicken, pulled pork, or seasoned tofu can be delicious alternatives.
  • Go beyond the taco shell! Lettuce wraps, portobello mushroom caps, or even sweet potato halves can be fun and healthy taco bases.