National Taco Day

National Taco Day

Let’s taco ‘bout one of the best days of the year! National Taco Day, observed on October 4, is a celebration of one of the most delicious cross-cultural foods in the world. Tacos are known for their versatility. With a combination of savory ingredients, including meats like steak, chicken, and beef, and the many toppings that come alongside them like cheese, tomatoes, cilantro and lime, tacos are a gift to us all. So on this National Taco Day, fire up your grill and get the fiesta started with these taco tips and recipes!

 

Soft or Hard Shell Tacos

The biggest decision you might have to make on National Taco Day is picking out the right shell. The traditional Mexican-style taco uses the soft, but durable tortilla as a blanket for all the meats, cheeses, beans, and toppings. Over time though, the hard shell was introduced as a Tex-Mex fusion and has become a favorite amongst many across the country. When picking between the two, it usually comes down to a combination of functionality and preference. If you’re a fan of a little extra crunch, the hard shell will be difficult to pass up. But where the soft taco might prevail is its stability. The main complaint that soft taco lovers have about the hard shell is how fragile it can be. If you prefer your taco ingredients to stay in the shell, then the soft taco style might be your best bet!

 

Tacos for Any Occasion

Because of its versatility, there’s practically a taco fit for anyone’s taste buds and for any occasion. Many cultures and groups have adapted the taco to fit the cuisine they’re most familiar with. Whether it’s the Korean Barbecue taco style found across the west coast, fish tacos that are beloved on the east coast, or the hearty Tex-Mex style found in the southwest, you can’t go wrong with your taco combinations. Here are some mouthwatering taco recipes you can make on your grill.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos

One of the most enjoyed seafood items across the country is shrimp, and putting a taco twist on them will have your guests raving about your skills on the grill! Rather than serving shrimp with cocktail sauce, make them the main dish with this Creamy Avocado and Cilantro Shrimp Skewers recipe. The skewers will make the grilling process easier, and when you’re ready to plate them, add some of your favorite toppings to finish it off.


 

Thai Grilled Chicken Tacos

The beautiful part about tacos is the fact that you can use several meats and flavors to make your meal come to life. In the case of this Thai Grilled Chicken recipe, you can use spices and seasoning like white peppercorns, coriander seeds and minced fresh cilantro to take your taste buds to a place they’ve never been before! Once you’ve grilled the chicken breasts, simply cut them into small pieces to fit inside your taco and serve with a sprinkle of any leftover cilantro and veggies you may have at your disposal.


 

Caribbean Pulled Pork Tacos

Doesn’t the name just make you hungry already? Pulled pork doesn’t have to be reserved for just sandwiches. With this Caribbean Pulled Pork recipe, you’ll have a flavorful centerpiece for your taco in no time. Featuring robust tastes imported straight from the islands, these tacos will have you feeling like you’ve just taken a bite and landed at your favorite vacation destination!


 

Beef Steak Soft Tacos

ou didn’t think we could leave off the classic Beef Steak Soft Tacos, did you? Barbecue lovers will rejoice when they smell a delicious boneless beef chuck shoulder steak on the grill and you’ll be able to take credit for the tasty treat when you serve it with lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and guacamole.
 

Think you’ve got what it takes to celebrate National Taco Day with some style? Let us know what your favorite taco recipe is, and check out our recipes page to find some more mouthwatering taco inspiration!

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