40 Best Taco Night Ideas (Guide to Taco Tuesday)

Taco Tuesday is everyone’s favorite night. A night filled with family, tacos, and all of the best food. Here are some of the best taco night ideas to inspire your feast!

Taco Tuesday Guide: 40 of the best taco night ideas
Taco Tuesday: 40 Best Taco Night Ideas

Taco Tuesday is my favorite night of the week! I love gathering family and friends for a casual dinner centered on one of my favorite foods. I can never get enough Mexican food in my life, and tacos are one of the best parts.

You can do so much with tacos. They’re a simple food but there’s room for creativity. You can add any ingredients you want to create your dream taco! I especially love creating a buffet style taco night, where you just set out the ingredients and let everyone assemble their tacos just the way they like them.

I’ve gathered all the best taco night ideas from me and from other bloggers. These recipes are all about tacos, dips and quesos, the perfect side dishes for tacos, and a few Mexican inspired recipes that aren’t tacos, just in case you want something different. I won’t hold it against you if you make nachos or enchiladas on Taco Tuesday!

Let these recipes, tips, and ideas inspire you, whether taco night is on Tuesday, Friday, or Sunday…because every night of the week is perfect for tacos!

Taco Night Recipe: Baked Chicken Tacos
Taco Tuesday Essential Tools

Tacos are pretty straight forward. You just need your basic kitchen tools, pots, and pans to cook everything.

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Best Taco Tuesday Ingredients

Get as creative as you want with your taco ingredients! But these are the typical taco toppings that are perfect for any taco night.

  • Hard Taco Shells
  • Soft Corn/Flour Tortillas
  • Taco Meat (Ground Beef/Pork/Chicken/Seafood)
  • Beans (black beans, refried beans)
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Queso
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Chiles
  • Jalapenos
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Salsa
  • Corn
  • Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Taco Seasoning (It’s SO EASY to make your own! Click to find out how!)

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How to Make Taco Meat

If you just want a simple taco meat recipe for classic ground beef tacos, this recipe is for you! This quick taco meat recipe will show you how to get perfectly seasoned ground beef for Taco Tuesday. Just fill up a taco shell with the beef, and add cheese, lettuce, diced tomatoes, and sour cream (or whatever you want).

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Taco Tuesday is everyone’s favorite night. A night filled with family, tacos, and all of the best food. Here are some of the best taco night ideas to inspire your feast!
Seasoned Ground Beef Taco Meat
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This simple taco meat recipe will show you how to make the perfectly seasoned ground beef for taco night. Just add the ground beef to a taco shell and top it with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, or whatever toppings you prefer!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: taco meat, tacos
Servings: 10
Calories: 246 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  1. Add olive oil & onions to a skillet over medium-high heat

  2. When the onions start to become soft & slightly translucent, add the ground beef

  3. Cook until beef becomes brown, then drain the fat

  4. Add the rest of the seasonings & spices and mix into the meat

  5. Add 1/2 cup hot water & stir

  6. Reduce the heat and let the beef simmer for about 15 minutes

  7. Serve in taco shells with shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and more.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Seasoned Ground Beef Taco Meat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 180mg 8%
Potassium 252mg 7%
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 2.2%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 10.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Taco Tuesday FAQ

What do I need for Taco Night?

When prepping for taco night, you need all your favorite ingredients to assemble tacos. This is flexible and totally up to you! You definitely need tortillas, some kind of filling (can be meat, seafood, beans, or vegetables), cheese, and lots of extra toppings to complete the tacos. It doesn’t hurt to have some queso (or another dip), tortilla chips, and a couple of other side dishes either.

What side dishes go with tacos?

The best side dishes for tacos are simple things that complement the flavor of the tacos without taking over the meal. I like making refried beans, cheesy rice, or some kind of Mexican corn on the cob to pair with them. And of course you can’t forget the classic chips and salsa!

How can you keep tortillas warm?

You want fresh, warm tortillas throughout dinner, not just during the first round of tacos. The best way to keep tortillas warm is to wrap small stacks of them in aluminum foil, and set them in the oven (or toaster oven) on a low temperature (175 or so). You can also keep them warm in a slow cooker.

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What are some toppings for tacos?

The fun thing about Taco Tuesday is it gives you a chance to get creative. You can really make any kind of taco you want! If you want to keep it classic, the best taco toppings are cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream. But you can also add in onions, jalepenos, green chiles, beans, and more!

What is a good dessert to serve with tacos?

After a huge feast, you still want to serve a tasty dessert to complete the meal. Making a giant cookie topped with ice cream is a really fun shareable dessert to serve on taco night with your family. These crispy cinnamon sugar biscuit bites are another great option, or you can make these apple pie taco boats!

What do you put in taco meat?

My favorite seasonings and spices to add into taco meat are chili powder, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika, and other things that add a bit of spice. You can also cook meat along with onions, garlic, peppers, tomato sauce, etc. to get those flavors mixed into the taco meat.

How do you make hard taco shells?

Making hard taco shells is easy. Just use your soft tortillas (flour or corn) and you can bake them in the oven to make them crispy, using the oven rungs to shape them.

  1. Preheat oven to 300
  2. Lightly coat the soft tortillas with oil
  3. Drape each tortilla directly over 2 rungs of the oven rack
  4. Let the tortillas bake for about 15-20 minutes (when the edges start to brown, they’re ready to take out)
  5. This will give them the shape of a hard taco shell and make them nice and crispy

Another option is to fry the tortillas in a skillet in oil. This will make them extra crispy but it won’t give them that boat shape easy for filling.

What is in taco seasoning mix?

In most taco seasoning mixes, you’ll typically find things like salt, chili powder, onion powder, red pepper, and other possible spices.

Here’s what I recommend adding into a homemade taco seasoning mix:

  • Red pepper flakes
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cumin
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • Paprika
  • Oregano

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Tacos and Tequila: Best Margaritas for Taco Tuesday

If you’re planning a big Taco Tuesday night for you and some friends, you can’t skip the margaritas! A refreshing margarita really completes taco night, and I’ve got some great recipes for you to try.

Best Margaritas for Taco Tuesday:

Check out the full Margarita Guide for even more recipe ideas!

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I hope this guide inspires you to make the BEST Taco Tuesday feast ever! All of these taco night ideas are perfect for dinner, no matter what day you decide to eat tacos. Enjoy!


Watch the Video to see how to make Baked Chicken Tacos for Taco Tuesday!

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Thank you for these wonderful recipes. I will be try some these tacos and nachos!
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Such a great roundup of gorgeous tacos! I want to make them all - sharing and pinning!
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I have never thought about nachos and egg together, but I tried it yesterday and all my family loved it. Thanks Becky!
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