Dinner Party

12 Recipes for Taco Night (That's Tonight!)

May  5, 2016

We love a good potluck—our pals crammed around one table, reaching over each other, each contributing a part of the meal, and the meal very much more than the sum of its parts. But what we really love? A taco potluck. Put one person in charge of the cocktails, make sure there's plenty to fill the tortillas with (fried avocado! carnitas!), and fill in the table with all the fixings. On Cinco de Mayo or on any night at all, give everyone something to taco 'bout with these 12 recipes: 

Start with a cocktail:

Smoky and Spicy Paloma by Hi, I'm Brian.

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Michelada (a.k.a. Bloody Beer) by The Flying Foodie



Taco fillings (for everyone!): 

Tinga Chicken by nannydeb



Low-Maintenance Fish Tacos by Amanda Hesser

Fish tacos


Easy Lentil Walnut Tacos with Cabbage Lime Slaw by Gena Hamshaw

Vegan tacos


Fried Avocado Tacos with Sesame and Lime by arielleclementine

Fried avocado


Pork Belly Carnitas by meatified



Diana Kennedy's Scrambled Ricotta (Requesón Revuelto a La Mexicana) by Genius Recipes



Don't forget the fixin's:

The Splendid Table's Refried Beans with Cinnamon and Cloves by Genius Recipes

Refried Beans


Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole by Genius Recipes



Cooked Green Salsa (Salsa Verde) by Pati Jinich



Or dessert!: 

Mexican Chocolate Churro Rounds by Kendra Vaculin


What's your taco night essential? Tell us in the comments.

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Bella B. October 18, 2015
I could eat tacos every night of the week! yum!

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Chrissy /. October 17, 2015
Margarita + Taco = Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos! You gotta try em. http://eatsomewearsome.com/2015/10/16/tequila-lime-chicken-tacos/