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12 Tacos Perfect for Cinco de Mayo

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Scott Phillips

When Cinco De Mayo falls on a taco Tuesday, well, the menu pretty much writes itself. These taco recipes are guaranteed to please, whether your preferred filling is chicken, pork, fish, or even just veggies. For a real treat, try making your own corn or flour tortillas.

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    Double-Decker Chicken Guacamole Tacos

    Crisp taco shells are stuffed with rotisserie chicken and then sandwiched inside flour tortillas slathered with guacamole in this fun spin on taco night. You get crunchy, creamy, and spicy all in one bite.

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  • Corn, Tomato, and Scallion Tacos
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    Grilled Corn, Cherry Tomato, and Scallion Tacos

    Delicious grilled fresh corn, scallions, and cherry tomatoes make this meat-free taco filling a hit with vegetarians, but don’t be surprised if meat eaters like it, too.

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  • Fried Shrimp and Avocado Tacos
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    Beer-Fried Shrimp and Avocado Tacos

    Deep-fried avocado is an unusual but most welcome partner with shrimp in this taco filling.

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    Roasted Adobo Pork Tacos

    Because this sauce, with its hint of orange and garlic, is so good, you’ll want to keep it handy to try on shrimp, grilled tuna, or fried eggs. It also works well as a marinade.

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    Mixed Squash Tacos

    With creamy avocado, sweet corn, a drizzle of adobo, cheese, and sour cream, these vegetarian tacos pack so much flavor that you won’t miss the meat.

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    Yucatecan Grilled Fish Tacos

    These bright, spicy tacos get their authentic flavor from a mixture of orange and lime juices (to replicate the bitter oranges grown in the Yucatán) and herbs and spices like Mexican oregano and annatto.

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    Baja Fried Fish Tacos

    A creamy lime-chipotle sauce gives these crispy tacos a bit of smoky heat. Radishes and cabbage are common garnishes on many Mexican foods and add a nice, fresh crunch. A mild fish like tilapia is the perfect vehicle for a beer batter.

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    Tacos al Pastor

    These pork-and-pineapple tacos are called al pastor because missionaries came from Jerusalem to Mexico and brought their Middle Eastern foodways with them. Over time, tacos al pastor became one of the most popular Mexican tacos. This version takes its cue from the spicy-sweet-savory flavors of the classic.

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    Carne Asada Tacos

    Often featured in fajitas, skirt steak is perfect for tacos, too. Because of the meat’s striations, it slices into bits that have the perfect amount of tenderness, chew, and caramelized nubbins. Tangy pickled onion and salsa verde are the perfect accompaniments.

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    Shredded Brisket Tacos with Chipotle Dressing

    This luscious, spicy taco filling is based on salpicon, a shredded or chopped cold beef salad popular in Tex-Mex cuisine.

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    Grilled Tamarind Chicken Tacos

    In these tacos, chicken thighs are marinated in sweet-sour tamarind soda, garlic, and soy sauce, and then rubbed with a coriander-chile spice rub. The tacos are great garnished with chopped red onion, avocado slices, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

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    Chorizo and Potato Tacos (Tacos de Chorizo y Papa)

    These are easy and satisfying tacos for any time of day, including breakfast. If you can’t find Mexican chorizo, which is fresh and uncured, substitute cured Spanish chorizo, but you’ll need to finely chop it and sauté it in a little oil.

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