16 Essential Takes on the Taco

From classic carne asada in soft corn tortillas to Tex-Mex's puffy, fried tortillas

Everyone loves tacos, but which kind is your favorite? We've compiled our 16 best taco recipes, stuffed with everything from spicy mashed potatoes to slow-braised suadero. Just remember the taco cardinal rule: don't overstuff (so you can eat more of them).

Yucatán-Style Shredded Pork Tacos with Achiote (Cochinita Pibil Tacos)
Yucatán-Style Shredded Pork Tacos with Achiote (Cochinita Pibil Tacos)
This pibil recipe, inspired by one used at Chando's in Sacramento and prepared in a Dutch oven, pops with earthy achiote paste and citrus juices, yielding a luscious, spicy pulled pork. Get the recipe for Yucatán-Style Shredded Pork Tacos with Achiote (Cochinita Pibil Tacos) »Dylan + Jeni
Tacos de Carnitas de Pato (Braised Duck Tacos)
Tacos de Carnitas de Pato (Braised Duck Tacos)
Slowly braised duck infused with the aroma of Mexican cinnamon and orange is shredded and pan-fried until crisp in this recipe from chef Roberto Santibanez. Get the recipe for Tacos de Carnitas de Pato »Helen Rosner
Tacos de Papa Hwy 99 (Potato Tacos)
Tacos de Papa Hwy 99 (Potato Tacos)
Inspired by the potato tacos at Loncheria Otro Rollo in Bakersfield, these Tacolicious versions are stuffed with fluffy mashed potatoes and pan-fried until crisp. The accompanying smoky ranchero sauce also would be great as an accompaniment for meat or fish or spooned over eggs. Get the recipe for Tacos de Papa Hwy 99 (Potato Tacos) »Romulo Yanes
Shrimp Tacos
Shrimp Tacos
Every element of this taco—inspired by those at Don Pepe Taqueria in Fresno—is amped up, from the red rice simmered in a blend of chicken stock and puréed tomatoes to the quick-marinated shrimp. Use large flour tortillas as tacos or wrap them into a burrito. Get the recipe for Shrimp Tacos »Dylan + Jeni
Swiss Chard and Chipotle Tacos
Swiss Chard and Chipotle Tacos
Onions, mushrooms, sweet corn, and chiles in adobo add hearty, smoky flavor to this Swiss chard-based taco filling. Get the recipe for Swiss Chard and Chipotle Tacos »Helen Rosner
Carnitas Tacos (Michoacán-Style Braised Pork Tacos)
Carnitas Tacos (Michoacán-Style Braised Pork Tacos)
At the Viva Taco bus in Turlock, Silvestre Valencia adds jalapeño pickling liquid to the pork braise, which tenderizes the meat and keeps it from drying out. Get the recipe for Carnitas Tacos »SAVEUR
Fully Loaded Breakfast Tacos
Simple Weeknight Meal, Breakfast Taco
The fully loaded breakfast taco has avocado, salty cheese, creamy eggs, and crisp bacon. Get the recipe for Fully Loaded Breakfast Tacos »Farideh Sadeghin
Jose Garces' Fish Tacos
Jose Garces' Fish Tacos
Chef Jose Garces uses a batter of rice flour and vodka to produce shatteringly crisp fish bites that he then stuffs into warm tortillas and tops with cool, crunchy slaw. Get the recipe for Jose Garces' Fish Tacos »Matt Taylor-Gross
Fish Tacos with Roasted Tomato Salsa
Fish Tacos with Roasted Tomato Salsa
Charred tomatoes and chiles add a deep smoky note to the salsa for these fresh fish tacos—either flounder or halibut works well. Get the recipe for Fish Tacos with Roasted Tomato Salsa »Todd Coleman
Summer Lobster Tacos
Summer Lobster Tacos
This ode to summer mixes fresh lobster with sweet mango, refreshing cucumber, and creamy avocado. Get the recipe for Summer Lobster Tacos »Farideh Sadeghin
Taco Truck Tuna Sandwich
Taco Truck Tuna Sandwich
The bright flavors of lime, cilantro, and jalapeño are puréed together and combined with canned tuna fish for a unique, taco-inspired wrap. Get the recipe for Taco Truck Tuna Sandwich »André Baranowski
Tacos de Papa
Tacos de Papa
These tacos are stuffed with cumin-spiced potatoes and fried until they're crunchy. Get the recipe for Tacos de Papa »Todd Coleman
Brisket Tacos
Brisket Tacos
Rough-chopped and served on fresh, homemade tortillas is New York City chef Julian Medina's way of showcasing brisket. Get the recipe for Brisket Tacos »Matt Taylor-Gross
Puffy Chicken Tacos
Puffy Chicken Tacos
Corn or flour tortillas that are deep-fried until they puff are a specialty of San Antonio's Tex-Mex cuisine. This recipe for puffy tacos filled with spicy chicken and guacamole comes from Rolando's Super Tacos. This recipe first appeared in the 2012 SAVEUR 100, with the article San Antonio Tex-Mex. Get the recipe for Puffy Chicken Tacos »SAVEUR
Grilled Steak Tacos (Tacos de Carne Asada)
Grilled Steak Tacos (Tacos de Carne Asada)
Skirt steak, a flavorful, juicy cut, is an excellent choice for carne asada, from Mexico's El Bajío region. This one is marinated with lime and spices before grilling. Get the recipe for Grilled Steak Tacos (Tacos de Carne Asada) »Todd Coleman
Grilled Tri-Tip Tacos
Grilled Tri-Tip Tacos
The beef cut of choice for California barbecue and grilling, tri-tip steak (also called Newport, Santa Maria, or triangle steak) comes from the lean bottom sirloin. Here it's sliced and seasoned with rosemary, chiles, garlic, and cumin in a tender filling for tacos. Get the recipe for Grilled Tri-Tip Tacos »Penny De Los Santos