Spice Up Your Sunday with 8 Deliciously Festive Taco Recipes

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Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired October 02, 2015

It’s National Taco Day so you, of course, must celebrate by eating tacos! Now, you could always hit up a fast food place, but why would you, when we’ve got so many amazing options you can make yourself, from a melt-in-your-mouth-moist barbacoa beef taco, to a crunchy chicken taco, to a couple different carne asada tacos! Read on for the recipes!

No. 1: Emeril Lagasse’s Barbacoa Tacos

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Emeril’s delish tacos are a different way to use a chuck roast, if you’re not feeling stew or pot roast. The meat is slow cooked until it is so tender that it falls apart, then served up with salsa, cream and avocados on tortillas. Yum!

No. 2: Grilled Chicken Tacos with Smoky Salsa Verde

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These grilled chicken tacos features a homemade smoky green salsa. Rach chars the ingredients for her salsa verde to get a toasty flavor throughout!

No. 3: Ground Chicken and Chipotle Hard Tacos

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These fun tacos mix it up by using ground chicken instead of beef, and also use yellow or green tomatoes for a festive finish.

No. 4: White Chili Turkey Tacos

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This is an extremely versatile recipe, because you’re making a healthy white bean and turkey chili as the base for these tacos and can repurpose the leftovers into any number of dishes. You can even make a big batch on the weekend and freeze the leftovers. So many possibilities! Rachael spoons the chili into crispy taco shells, then adds homemade pico de gallo, homemade avocado cream, lettuce and a mild cheese. What more could you want?

No. 5: Josh Capon’s Skirt Steak Tacos with Charred Pineapple

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Josh Capon’s spicy and sweet chile-marinated skirt steak taco is topped with a charred pineapple salsa for a complex flavor profile.

No. 6: Carne Asada Tacos and Chipotle Guacamole

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These carne asada tacos start with a flank steak prepared with a smoky chipotle marinade. To keep going with the chipotle theme, the taco are topped with a chipotle guacamole and garnished with lettuce, lime juice, shaved radishes, onions and pickled jalapenos. Yum!

No. 7: Mexican-Style Cumin-Pepper Steak Tacos

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These fajita-esque tacos include all your favorite flavors from a sizzling fajita platter. Grilled steak topped with stir-fried sweet peppers and onions and a delicious poblano sauce.

No. 8: Brian Boitano's Carne Asada Tacos with Green Salsa

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What would Brian Boitano do? Make delicious carne asada tacos with double shells! Brian slow cooks his meat until it’s fork-tender, then builds the tacos with a crunchy corn tortilla inside a soft flour one, layered with meat, homemade salsa, shredded cabbage and queso fresco.

What’s your favorite kind of taco to make at home? Tell us in the comments.

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