Everyone loves a taco, but not everyone loves the same kind. That's the beauty of the signature dish hailing from Mexico; just a few staple ingredients are needed and the rest is up to the imagination, making the taco one of the most versatile and flexible dishes out there. Hard or soft shell, cheese or sour cream, lettuce or no lettuce -- no matter what one likes and dislikes, there's room for that in a taco, and today The Daily Meal has a collection that covers all of the bases (Photo Credit: Ole Restaurant).
For the carnivores, spicy chorizo tacos pay homage to the dish's nationality with authentic Mexican sausage, and a skirt steak recipe sneaks in some veggies with grilled summer squash. Fish taco recipes range from indulgent beer-battered shrimp and a light salmon avocado version to critically acclaimed creations like the pescado tacos featured at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. There's even a little something for the vegetarians and vegans, with a tofu taco recipe and skillet veggie and feta tacos.
Whether you're serving a crowd or looking for something with little to no fuss, there's a recipe here for you that'll prove there's a lot more to tacos than a packet of seasoning.
-- Anne Dolce, The Daily Meal
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For something light and vegetarian, these tacos get the most flavor from the charred veggies, making you feel like you're eating the real thing. Tip: Queso fresco has the same light texture as feta and will give this recipe an authentic edge. Click here to see the Sillet Veggie and Feta Tacos Recipe Photo Credit: © Roni Noone
A spicy Mexican variety of chorizo makes this taco recipe as close to the real thing as it can get. Tip: Cooking the sausage a bit so that it firms up makes it easier to break it up with a spoon. Click here for the Chorizo Tacos Recipe Photo Credit: © thinkstock/iphoto
Who said tofu has to be boring? A spicy marinade adds flavor to the vegan-friendly protein in this health-conscious taco recipe. Tip: To add a little crunch to this recipe, try frying the tofu instead of baking it in the oven. Click here to see the Tofu Tacos Recipe Photo Credit: © JL Fields
Couldn't make it to the Food & Wine Classic this year? Try this fish taco recipe by Richard Sandoval at home for the taste of the real thing. Tip: If you're without a blender, substituting mayo for the whipped egg yolk is an easy way to make the chipotle rouille in this recipe. Click here to see the Pescado a la Talla Tacos Recipe Photo Credit: © Richard Sandoval
Healthy and easy to make, these mini tacos are perfect for your next cocktail party. Tip: Taco platters that have ridges to stand shells up in are perfect for serving this dish. Click here to see the Mini Fish Tacos Recipe Photo Credit: © Andrea Correale
This is beachside eating right here, with grilled shrimp seasoned with a savory selection of spices, jalapeño and lime juice. Tip: Substituting Jack cheese for Pepper Jack cheese adds an extra kick of spice to this dish. Click here to see the Grilled Shrimp Tacos Recipe Photo Credit: © Matt Moore
This taco recipe is easy and straightforward, and combines a healthy taco recipe with an Argentinian specialty: chimichurri sauce. Tip: While the chimichurri sauce calls for a 1:1 ratio of arugula and basil, it works well with whatever amount you have on hand, and each can be substituted with similar herbs like cilantro and parsley. Click here for the Skirt Steak and Summer Squash Tacos Recipe Photo Credit: © Sarah Ashley
Make the real deal with these "street-style" tacos, with an authentic and spicy marinade as the starting point to the dish. Tip: If you’re worried about cooking the marinade as a sauce, sauté sliced bell pepper and onion with red pepper flakes to serve instead of the marinade. Click here for the "Street-Style" Tacos Recipe Photo Credit: © Syrah Gilley
This healthy salmon taco recipe is packed with flavor from a tangy mango salsa. Tip: Grill your salmon on a well-oiled grill over medium-high heat for some extra char to this dish. Click here to see the Salmon Fish Tacos Recipe Photo Credit: © Gina Baker
On the run? Throw the ingredients of this recipe together in a slow cooker and consider dinner served. It’s fast and easy, and doesn’t leave out authentic flavors. Tip: Other proteins like pork shoulder or a fatty cut of beef would be great substitutions for this recipe. Click here to see the Crock Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe Photo Credit: © Kristi Story
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