Summertime is when many people like to experiment with a variety of meals that are quick and easy, as well as something that the entire family can enjoy. It’s when people usually like to have outside activities, and that of course, requires deliciously prepared food. After all, being in the summer heat can sure stir up an appetite, right?
Tacos are easy meals to assemble and can be made in an abundance if you’re hosting some type of party. You can easily get kids to assist you in making the tacos to help keep them occupied this summer and maybe even get them interested in cooking.
Tacos are so universal that you can cook them on the grill, on top of your stove, in a crockpot, or in the oven. There are so many ways to enjoy tacos, whether its breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert. Not to mention, tacos are also an easy way to incorporate much-needed vegetables and proteins to your meals.
As the summer temps continue to soar, and you might be tired of eating the same summer meals, check out these 25 different ways you can prepare tacos. There are so many amazing taco recipes to try.
25 Cheesy Taco Bombs: I Wash You Dry
Cheesy Taco Bombs are an easy and tasty taco alternative.
Perfect for those times when you want the flavor of tacos but don’t want to deal with the extra steps and ingredients to make them.
These taco treats from I Wash You Dry consists of simple ingredients: taco meat, cheese, and the crust, which is made from a can of biscuits. So simple, right?
You can pair the cheesy taco bombs with your favorite salsa or dip, and serve it as an appetizer or a quick snack.
24 Loaded Guacamole Vegetarian Tacos: Soup Addict
There are numerous ways to enjoy tacos, however, it can be a bit challenging trying to find a way to enjoy them if you’re on following a strict diet or lifestyle.
Food blogger, Karen from Soup Addict created a vegetarian taco recipe for those looking for a healthy, dairy-free and vegan taco option.
This taco is loaded with corn, black beans, a variety of peppers such as jalapeño, poblano, bell peppers, and of course, avocados, served on warm tortillas.
23 Spicy Chicken Avocado With Creamy Cilantro Sauce: Gimme Delicious
Spice up your summer a little more with this Spicy Avocado Chicken Tacos from Gimme Delicious.
They feature pan-seared grilled chicken that’s been seasoned with garlic and taco seasoning, and then marinated for about 48 hours, and topped off with a few slices of fresh avocado.
What sets this taco recipe apart from others, is its flavorful cilantro lime sauce. The cilantro lime sauce is a mixture of fresh lime juice, cilantro, sour cream, and spices blended together to create a tasty taco topping.
22 Taco Pop Tarts: I Heart Nap Time
Pop Tarts are usually considered a tasty breakfast treat that’s available in the cereal aisle at the grocery store. The good people over at I Heart NapTime put their own twist on pop tarts when they decided to create mini taco pies, better known as Taco Pop Tarts.
Taco Pop Tarts are made with a flaky buttery crust, filled with perfectly seasoned taco meat, and of course, cheese.
The refrigerated pie crust is cut into rectangles to give it the pop tart look, then topped with the ingredients and baked for about 25 minutes or until they’re crispy and golden. Don’t forget to dip them into your choice of salsa and sour cream.
21 Sweet Potato Breakfast Tacos: Plating Pixels
Sweet Potato Breakfast tacos from Plating Pixels are filled with a rich cheesy, and savory flavor, and topped with bacon.
The tacos will help get jumpstart your summer mornings with a full stomach of delicious breakfast tacos.
The sweet potatoes are roasted with olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. After cooking your baking, save the bacon grease. The bacon grease will be mixed with picante sauce and added to your egg mixtures. This helps gives the eggs a savory, bacon flavor. Top it off with cheese and cilantro, and you’ve got your self a sweet potato breakfast taco.
20 Six Ingredient Lentil Tacos: C It Nutritionally
C It Nutritionally has a simple six-ingredient lentil taco recipe that’s is vegan, and dairy, nut and also Gluten free. These tacos are also high in fiber and filled with a lot of important proteins.
Cook your lentils according to the directions on your package. Then add sautéed onions, peppers, and garlic to your cooked lentils.
Add the lentils and vegetable mixture to some high fiber tortillas, and top it off with some taco toppings. You’ve got yourself some easy to make lentil tacos that are good for your body and that everyone can enjoy.
19 Barbecue Pork Tacos With Honey Mustard Slaw: Stuck On Sweet
Summer and BBQ are without a doubt, the perfect combination. So, having BBQ inspired tacos during the summer seems like a no-brainer.
Stuck On Sweet created this pulled pork taco combination that will definitely be a hit at your next summer get together.
The pork is put in a slow cooker for about eight hours and then mixed with barbecue sauce.
Your tastes buds will thank you once you top these tacos off with a homemade creamy honey mustard coleslaw.
18 The Walking Taco: CincyShopper
Walking Tacos are often found at your local fairs, and carnivals. They’re very easy to make and really don’t require much meal prepping and cooking to make. Walking Tacos are great for summer picnics, cookouts, or for just quick eating.
CincyShopper suggests creating a mini taco bar with a variety of chips for your visitors to choose from. Walking Tacos are basically all of your favorite taco fixings scooped into a bag of chips.
The best thing about Walking Tacos is they’re an easy clean up meal and kids will love them. All you have to do is throw the empty chip bags away. A dish free meal sounds good.
17 Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps: The Cozy Cook
Ditch the tortillas and taco shells all together with this Turkey Taco Lettuce Wrap recipe from blogger Stephanie at The Cozy Cook.
Filled with an abundance of protein, the Turkey Taco Lettuce Wrap is definitely a refreshing taco meal to make this summer.
It consists of two overlapped romaine lettuce leaves, turkey taco meat, black beans, olives, onions, corn, and tomatoes.
You can top the lettuce anyway you’d like it with sour cream, salsa, cheese and whatever else you’d like. It’s a lean, yet fulfilling taco meal.
16 Baked Bell Pepper Tacos: Peas And Crayons
These baked bell pepper tacos from Peas and Crayons are the right choice if you’re on a vegetarian, Paleo, or vegan diet. The recipe calls for large bell peppers, tomatoes, chopped lettuce, cilantro, a squeeze of lime, and four different taco filling options to choose from.
Your taco fillings depend on whatever your heart, or stomach, desires. You can choose seasoned tofu, a lentil veggie taco filling, seasoned meats such as; ground chicken, beef, or turkey or a veggie combo filled with black beans, or refried beans plus your choice of sautéed veggies.
15 Homemade Choco Taco: Ashlee Marie
Tacos are mostly known for being breakfast, lunch or dinner meals, but what about dessert? Choco Tacos can be found in the freezer section at your local grocery, however, you can save money and make your own treats at home.
Homemade Choco Tacos from Ashlee Marie will help cool your taste buds as the summer heat continues to rises.
The outer shell is a homemade chocolate waffle cone made with a waffle cone maker.
The shell is stuffed with ice cream, melted chocolate, and of course, a choco taco isn’t complete without chopped peanuts.
14 Taco Pizza: Living Well Mom
A taco pizza combines two meals that make for a quick and easy family dinner. Living Well Mom adapted this Taco Pizza recipe that’ll help create a meal that doesn't require a lot of prep and cooking time. You can even prepare this taco pizza the night before, and cook it the following day. So easy, right?
The pizza crust is made from refrigerated crescent rolls, and the sauce is made from a mixture of sour cream and cream cheese. Choose your choice of meat, lettuce tomatoes, and cheese, then pop the taco pizza in the oven. A simple and easy family meal.
13 Roasted Cauliflower And Chickpea Tacos: Two Peas And Their Pod
If you looked quickly, you'd think these tacos were made with meat, but they’re not. It’s actually cauliflower that’s been roasted in seasonings along with chickpeas to create a different kind of taco meal. Two Peas and Their Pod created this healthy taco recipe for the entire family to enjoy.
The chickpeas and cauliflower are roasted with cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, onion powered, a hint of salt and a little lime juice and olive oil.
You have to roast them long enough so that the chickpeas are slightly crunchy and the cauliflower is tender enough to enjoy.
You can finish off the tacos with your choice of vegetables such as jalapeños, cilantro, or some fresh crema.
12 10-Minute Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Tostadas: Jar Of Lemons
Cooking an enjoyable breakfast taco meal under ten minutes is easier than you think. Especially if you follow this Huevos Rancheros Tostadas recipe from Jar of Lemons.
After eating these tostadas, you’d probably want to make them for lunch or dinner as well.
The tostada is loaded with lettuce, refried beans, freshly diced tomatoes, a runny egg, and a sliced avocado. All of the ingredients are neatly layered so you’ll be able to get a taste of every ingredient with each bite you take. It’s suggested that you should top the tomatoes off with a little queso fresco for extra flavor.
11 Strawberry-Raspberry Nutella Dessert Tacos: Katie's Cucina
At your next summer party, serve up these tantalizing Strawberry-Raspberry Nutella Dessert tacos. Katie’s Cucina promises this dessert is the perfect blend of cinnamon, fresh berries, and Nutella.
The taco shells are actually regular flour taco shells that have been quickly deep fried and then dipped in a delicious mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Fill the cinnamon sugar taco shells with freshly cut strawberries, raspberries, a scoop of Nutella, and homemade whipped topping.
Strawberry-Raspberry Nutella tacos sound like a great way to end a long and hot summer day.
10 Taco Pizza Rolls: The Girl Who Ate Everything
Taco Pizza Rolls could be the next snack or appetizer while you're hosting a fun-filled summer party. According to The Girl Who Ate Everything, the taco pizza rolls will definitely be a hit with everyone.
All you need to make the taco pizza rolls are seasoned taco meat, a refrigerated pizza crust, and of course, cheese. You can also add extra toppings of your liking such as tomatoes, lettuce, and onions.
Taco Pizza Rolls are bite-size, and mess-free, which makes them a great choice for a summertime snack.
9 Shrimp Taco With Mango Salsa: Dinner At The Zoo
Dinner At The Zoo’s Shrimp Tacos and Mango Salsa has a deliciously robust flavor that will have everyone wanting seconds. With the variety of fruits available during the summer, the mango also sounds amazing to pair with tacos.
Of course, the mango salsa is made with fresh mangos, jalapeénos, bell pepper, cilantro and a squeeze of lime.
Another addition to the shrimp tacos is the homemade cilantro lime sauce. It’s made with sour cream, cilantro, lime juice and honey. A sweet and tangy shrimp taco recipe with tasty toppings that’s simple to make.
8 Chorizo And Fried Egg Breakfast Tacos: Spoon Fork Bacon
Spoon Fork Bacon promises that you will love the way the eggs potatoes and chorizo combination in their Chorizo and Fried Egg breakfast tacos. Pretty much everything in this recipe is sautéed and flavorful.
While the eggs in this breakfast taco recipe are supposed to be soft yolk, if that isn’t something you like, it’s okay to scramble the eggs instead.
Layering is the key to the chorizo and fried eggs breakfast tacos. The chorizo and potato mixture goes on the charred tortillas first, then the fried eggs, cheese chives, and hot sauce if you want a little spice.
7 Easy Tofu Breakfast Tacos: The Almond Eater
The Almond Eater created these tofu breakfast tacos that can be made in under 30 minutes or less. The tacos are extremely healthy and made with a few ingredients that are packed with much-needed proteins.
The tofu is crumbled into pieces and mixed with a nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, turmeric, and if you want, a little taco seasoning.
After cooking the tofu with the seasonings, place them into taco shells and add your choice of vegetables.
Now you have an easy, tofu breakfast taco, that can be made in an instant.
6 One Pot Cheesy Taco Orzo: Jo Cooks
Sometimes you just need a meal that doesn’t require the use of a lot of pots and pans, especially during the hot summer. Jo Cooks has a One Pot Cheesy Taco Orzo meal that is a quick dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes.
Choose either ground chicken, turkey or beef, brown it, then add onions, bell peppers, dry orzo, chicken brother, and taco skillet sauce and cheese, all in one pot and let it simmer completely. Taco skillet sauce can be substituted for enchilada sauce or regular taco sauce if it’s hard to find.
Garnish the one-pot meal with tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro. You can beat cooking a hearty meal with just using a single pot.
5 Oven Baked Buffalo Chicken Tacos: Gal On A Mission
Gal on a Mission’s Oven Baked Buffalo Chicken Tacos has the right amount of spice if you want tacos that have just enough kick that’s tolerable.
The buffalo chicken is cooked paprika, pepper, and salt, and baked in the oven until they’re tender enough to shred for the tacos.
It’s coated with a hot sauce and cream cheese mixture, which gives it that buffalo taste. Gal on a Mission uses Frank’s Red Hot sauce for the mixture to that the buffalo chicken is mild and isn’t too spicy.
You place the buffalo chicken mixture in taco shells, top with cheese and bake until the taco shells are crispy, and the cheese is melted.
4 Chicken Tinga Tacos: Pinch Of Yum
How does the taste of smoky chipotle, juicy seasoned chicken, and creamy avocados sound? Pinch of Yum has a chicken tinga recipe that will definitely be great to add to your summer taco recipe list.
The chicken is cooked in a blended chipotle, and tomato sauce, with oregano and cumin for flavors. For extra spiciness, it’s suggested that you add two or three blended chipotle peppers.
Chicken Tina tacos are served in charred flour tortillas and paired with cotija, red onions, cilantro, and avocado slices,
3 Quinoa Taco Meat: Minimalist Baker
Instead of using the standard taco meat for tacos, Minimalist Baker has a quinoa meat taco recipe to fulfill your dietary needs.
Quinoa Tacos are very easy to make and don't require a lot of ingredients to do so.
The quinoa is cooked in vegetable broth, water, and then seasoned with chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and even salsa.
Place the quinoa in the oven for about 20 minutes so that it can have a brown and crispy texture, similar to what taco meat has. Now you have a delicious alternative for taco meat.
2 Ice Cream Tacos: Smucker's
Smucker’s has a cool ice cream taco recipe that can be made with simple ingredients that you most likely have around the house. It’s a combination of a popular breakfast item, mixed with dessert. Waffles filled with ice cream and drizzled with chocolate syrup.
Prepare the waffles according to the directions and pour the batter in a waffle iron. Fold the waffles into the shape of a taco, and freeze them for about 10 minutes.
Drizzle chocolate syrup inside of the waffles, and scoop ice cream inside, and of course, drizzle more syrup topping.
1 Sweet And Spicy Sriracha Chicken Tacos: Will Cook For Smiles
If the summer heat isn’t hot enough for you, then maybe these Sweet and Spicy Siracha Chicken Tacos from Will Cook For Smiles will do the trick. It’s loaded with spiciness and sweetness.
The chicken is marinated in honey and sriracha, then grilled till is nice and done.
To make the tacos even spicier, it’s drizzled with a homemade sauce that’s a heaping of siracha and a little dash of honey.
For anyone who can't handle that much heat, avocados and a special sour cream sauce will help subside the spiciness.