Love Tacos? Try These 18 Taco-Inspired Meals

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If you love tacos, you should give one of these 18 great taco-inspired meals a try. This post is packed with great meal ideas that use taco ingredients to make something a little different, from pizza to burgers, salads, and more.

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We asked our fellow food bloggers to give us their best and favorite taco-inspired recipes to share with our readers. If you’re in a taco rut, this is a great way to find something new, with the flavors you love.

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Make It a Whole Meal

pico de gallo

You can easily jazz up your dinner by serving a side dish or two. A traditional side dish for tacos is rice and refried beans, which adds a filling and complementary texture to the meal. Guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour cream are also excellent toppings or dips for tacos. Finally, don’t forget the chips! A bowl of crispy tortilla chips with your favorite dip is always a crowd-pleaser.

Taco-Inspired Meals

Taco Lasagna

taco lasagna

Sometimes all you need to escape the ordinary is to put it together in a different way. This taco lasagna recipe combines layers of tortillas with refried beans, ground beef and all the usual taco toppings.

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Hash Brown Taco Casserole

Hasbroad casserole

Hash Brown Taco Casserole is the perfect combination of comfort foods! Zesty ground beef and hash browns along with cheese, this is one delicious dinner.

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Easy Shrimp Taco Bowl

two Shrimp Taco Bowl

This Shrimp Taco Bowl is made with succulent grilled shrimp, black beans, corn, avocado, cabbage, and a creamy cilantro dressing to pull it all together.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Bowl

Slow cooker chicken taco bowl

Tender shredded chicken, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and rice are seasoned with onions, garlic, and Mexican spices for a perfectly filling Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Bowl. This delicious Chicken Taco Bowl is made right in your slow cooker while you do everything else.

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Taco Rice Casserole Freezer Meal

taco rice bowl

Easy Taco Rice Casserole Freezer Meal made with beans and ground beef. Great recipe to make ahead for the week as your weekly dinner meal prep.

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Mini Taco Appetizers

Mini Taco Appetizer

When you’re looking for party food, be sure to add these Mini Taco Appetizers to the menu. They are everything you love about tacos in bite-sized form.

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Crescent Roll Taco Pizza

taco crescent pizza

Two tubes of crescent roll dough, ground beef, taco seasoning, cream cheese, and some veggies are all you need to make easy one pan taco recipe.

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Walking Tacos

walking tacos

Walking Tacos are all the deliciousness of tacos, but in a bag with a fork! Perfect for parties and no-mess taco Tuesday.

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Tacos de Alambre

tacos de alambre

Tacos are all the rage and rightfully so! Tacos are a classic Mexican dish that is always a crowd-pleaser. If you’re looking for a healthier chicken taco recipe, this Tacos de Alambre dish is a perfect choice.

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Crispy Baked Taco Egg Rolls

taco egg rolls

Crispy baked Taco Egg Rolls are the perfect finger food for a party or just for snacking, with the super crispy exterior and cheesy taco filling. They’re a crowd pleaser.

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Ta-cons (Taco Cones)

Taco cones

Taco Cones are the perfect way to transform your family-favorite taco night into a quick, portable, grab-and-go meal! Our DIY Ta-Cones can even be prepped ahead – an easy make-ahead dinner recipe that you can rewarm all week long, whenever your family is ready to eat! 

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Sweet Potato Taco Bowl

taco bowl

Easy, delicious, and vibrant Sweet Potato Taco Bowl! Take taco night up to the next level with this delicious and healthy meal!

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Simple Taco Salad

taco salad

Try this simple taco salad with ground beef, crisp lettuce and colorful vegetables topped with cheese! Perfect any day of the week.

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30-Minute Cheese Enchiladas


These 30 Minute Easy Cheese Enchiladas are simply the best! Made with only 6 ingredients- these are super cheesy and smothered in a Sour Cream Enchilada Sauce.

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Easy Taco Braid

Taco braid

This easy Taco Braid is made of ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning, covered with shredded cheese and tomatoes. It’s all wrapped in a braided pizza dough for a fun and different way to eat a taco.

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Taco Burgers

taco burgers

Celebrate Taco Tuesday with these loaded Taco Burgers! Seasoned beef patties are piled high with cheese, pico de gallo, tortilla strips, sour cream, and avocado for one incredible burger.

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Taco-Stuffed Peppers

taco-stuffed peppers

If you love tacos and can’t stand to live without them, these taco-stuffed peppers are a great, tasty alternative (plus they’re great when you’re on a low-carb or keto diet).

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Easy Taco Pizza

easy taco pizza

This easy Taco Pizza is loaded up with refried beans, seasoned ground beef, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese. It’s a fusion that everyone loves.

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Final Thoughts

If you love tacos as much as I do, you’ll hopefully find a bunch of new taco-inspired meal options on this list that can be added to your dinner rotation. It’s fun to mix it up a little and try new dishes! Bon Appetit.

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8 thoughts on “Love Tacos? Try These 18 Taco-Inspired Meals

  1. Pam Greer says:

    I love all things taco and the hardest part is going to be trying to decide which of these yummy recipes to try first!

  2. Lynne Feifer says:

    These recipes all look so delicious! It will be fun to make a different one each week. Thanks for including my Taco Braid!

  3. Shelley says:

    Oh my goodness – soooooo many fun twists on taco night! Tacos are always such a hit, both at my family meals and also for things like DIY buffets or tailgates – loads of inspiration here for ways to freshen up my taco game! 🙂 Thanks bunches for including our Taco Cones in this fun lineup – I’m thrilled to be a part of your unique and creative list!

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