8 Tacos Recipes to make this Summer

Tacos don’t have to come in a tortilla. If you’re of a grain-free persuasion, these Instant Pot pork carnitas lettuce wraps with salsa fresca are delicious, and Whole30-friendly to boot. The Instant Pot is the ideal vessel for making carnitas whip-fast, producing crisp, fork-tender shredded pork in just one hour and 15 minutes.

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And while the cook time is relatively short, the flavor is ample, thanks to a dry rub of oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper, and flavor enhancers like garlic, onion, jalapeno, and orange juice. Serve this pork wrapped in tender Bibb lettuce leaves, with a squeeze of fresh lime, some creamy avocado, and a homemade salsa fresca.

Picadillo Tacos

If you’ve cut grains out of your diet but still crave tortillas, these grain-free picadillo tacos are for you. These tacos rely on store-bought cassava tortillas to make things easy and still satisfy that warm, pliable tortilla craving.

The picadillo meat mixture is where this recipe really shines. You’ll combine ground beef with onions, green bell pepper, and a spice blend of dried oregano, cumin, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. From there, things get saucy, with tomato paste and sauce, beef broth, white wine vinegar, green olives, and raisins.

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Paleo Taco Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Did you have taco night and make too much taco filling? Transform it into a Paleo taco salad with creamy avocado dressing! This recipe uses whole foods to whip up an insanely simple taco salad – perfect for meal prepping or using up leftover taco meat. If you have leftover meat on hand, use that. If not, follow this simple taco meat recipe, which combines ground beef, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper powder, salt, and pepper.

Toss the taco meat mixture with crunchy romaine lettuce, red onion, black olives, and green onions. On top, you’ll drizzle a homemade avocado dressing, made with wholesome ingredients like ripe avocado, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, salt, and a bit of water.

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Don’t let beef have all the fun; slow cooker pork tacos are just as satisfying. This recipe cooks an intensely flavorful pork roast for hours, resulting in fall-apart meat with an unbeatable meld of spicy, sweet, and savory.

This is thanks to a sauce comprised of ancho chilies, pasilla chilies, garlic, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, onion, olive oil, honey, apple cider vinegar, and more. The pork roast joins this sauce in the slow cooker, along with bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. Yeah, it smells amazing as it cooks. Serve this pork wrapped in tortillas and topped with cabbage, red onions, cheese, avocado – whatever sounds good to you!

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Keto Taco Cups

Keto dieters, rejoice! We’ve found a keto taco cups recipe you’re going to want to gobble up. Instead of a carb-laden tortilla, this recipe whips up high-fat but low-carb cheese taco cups with just one ingredient: Cheddar cheese. With the help of a few muffins pans and some parchment paper, you too can make these easy taco cups.

Fill the cups with a keto-friendly taco mixture, including ground beef spiced with onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Go ahead and drizzle on some sour cream and throw on avocados, tomatoes, and cilantro.

Easy 20-Minute Chicken Tacos

We haven’t forgotten about chicken tacos, and with these easy 20-minute chicken tacos, you won’t forget, either.

These spicy chicken tacos are ideal for hectic weeknights, and they’re a crowd-pleaser, for sure. Simply cook up some boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or breasts, or tenders—whatever you have) with garlic, lime juice, olive oil, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.

Top with homemade pico de gallo—a simple blend of tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, and salt and pepper—and enjoy.

Supreme Keto Taco Bowls

These supreme keto taco bowls are as close as you can get to a real taco shell on the keto diet, with taco bowls that only clock in a 2 grams net carbs per servings. You’ll whip up a flavorful ground beef filling complete with onions, black olives, and a homemade taco seasoning blend with chili powder, cumin, paprika, and more.