24 Beef Tacos Recipes That Have the Best Fillings and Sauces!

July 16, 2024
Written by Kristy J. Norton

These beef taco recipes are so good that you are sure to be making them day after day. They come with so many different kinds of fillings that they will be a hit with everyone. Let’s get started on this adventure right now! 

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1. Simple Ground Beef Tacos

Ground beef tacos are great for a quick and budget-friendly meal. What takes these tacos to a whole other level is the homemade taco seasoning. It adds depth and flavor to the meat. These tacos taste great when you keep the toppings simple – tomatoes, lettuce, and shredded cheese. 

Get the recipe here.

Simple Ground Beef Tacos

2. Old School Beef Tacos 

If you love classic tacos, this is the way to go! These tacos taste best when they are served in hard taco shells. Add the savory beef filling to the tacos, top with meat, and then pop in the oven until the cheese is melted. Then add your desired toppings! 

Get the recipe here.

Old School Beef Tacos

3. Crispy Beef Tacos

These are some tasty tacos! Here, the filling is taken up a notch because green chiles are added to the beef mix. The filling is then added to the tortillas which are then baked until they are nice and crispy. Make sure to serve these tacos with the homemade Chipotle crema for that extra zing! 

Get the recipe here.

Crispy Beef Tacos

4. Beef Birria Tacos

Birria tacos can be super intimidating to make but this recipe takes all the difficulty out of it. This recipe is a time consuming one but it is pretty simple and the flavor of these tacos make it worth your while. The filling is cooked in a slow cooker and then added to stew-dipped tortillas. Fry the tortillas for the finishing touch. 

Get the recipe here.

Beef Birria Tacos

5. Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

This slow cooker beef produces some of the most tender and flavorful filling! After all, the beef is cooked in stock and seasonings, including chipotle peppers! This is a great option if you are looking for a set it and forget it recipe. 

Get the recipe here.

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

6. Grilled Steak Tacos

These steak tacos have flavor on top of flavor! First, the beef is marinated and then grilled for an additional level of smokiness. The tortillas and beef are then topped off with a homemade cilantro chimichurri sauce, homemade pico de gallo, and homemade pickled vegetables! 

Get the recipe here.

Grilled Steak Tacos

7. Smoked Beef Tacos

Since you need to smoke the beef, you will need to plan to make these tacos ahead of time. However, that smoky and spicy deliciousness will make the time and effort worth it! Rub down the beef with seasoning and then smoke until nice and tender. These tacos taste amazing with just the beef filling but you can also add crispy veggies if you like! 

Get the recipe here.

Smoked Beef Tacos

8. Mexican Street Tacos

This is another recipe that is all about keeping the focus on the beef filling flavor! Here, the beef is marinated in a savory and spicy marinade for several hours. Then, the steak and marinade are cooked down until tender. Top these tacos off with cilantro and red onion. 

Get the recipe here.

Mexican Street Tacos

9. Crispy Chipotle Braised Beef Tacos

These beef tacos pack quite a flavor punch! Here, the beef is cooked in a sauce that is made from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, ancho chili powder, cumin, paprika, tomatoes, and so much more! Once the beef is done, the tortillas are dipped in the cooking sauce and fried, stuffed with the tender beef. Serve the tacos with fresh veggies and crema. 

Get the recipe here.

Crispy Chipotle Braised Beef Tacos

10. Cheesy Oven Baked Beef Tacos

Here, the saucy beef filling is sandwiched in between layers of cheese! The beef filling is made with enchilada sauce, making it nice and juicy. Then, sprinkle tortillas with mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese. Add in the beef and then bake the tortillas until they are crispy. 

Get the recipe here.

Cheesy Oven Baked Beef Tacos

11. Korean Beef Tacos

If you love Korean bulgogi, then you are going to love these tacos! The beef is marinated in similar spices and seared. You can top the tacos off with purple cabbage and the special homemade taco sauce. 

Get the recipe here.

Korean Beef Tacos

12. Braised Beef and Cheese Tacos

Spicy, savory, and oh so tender – this is the beef filling you need if you are looking for an explosion of flavor. Here, the beef is cooked in a delicious sauce until it is tender until it can be shredded. Then, pile your tortillas with cheese, add beef, and then fry the tortillas until crispy. 

Get the recipe here.

Braised Beef and Cheese Tacos

13. Lime Teriyaki Beef Tacos

These beef tacos are such a fun combination of flavors – a little bit of Mexican and Asian! At the same time, it has a delicious tang to it. So, if you are looking for beef tacos that have a refreshing twist to it, this is the recipe for you! 

Get the recipe here.

Lime Teriyaki Beef Tacos

14. Corned Beef Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Corned beef tacos can sound a little weird but they are actually so good! These tacos are also really simple to make. Just make sure to top up the tacos with the homemade spicy slaw and the Thousand Island dressing – trust the process! 

Get the recipe here.

Corned Beef Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

15. Steak Tacos with Corn Salsa

The steak and the salsa have so much flavor in these beef tacos! The steak is marinated and grilled. Then, you grill green onions and corn before tossing them in spices and seasoning. Then, as a finishing touch, you char the tortillas before adding the filling. 

Get the recipe here.

Steak Tacos with Corn Salsa

16. BBQ Beef Brisket Tacos

Brisket usually takes a while to cook but this cut is cooked in the pressure cooker for these tacos. This means that it takes less than an hour until the brisket is ready to be shredded. This brisket is super flavorful because it is dressed in a rub and cooked in barbecue sauce. Top the tacos off with homemade slaw. 

Get the recipe here.

BBQ Beef Brisket Tacos

17. Honey Garlic Shredded Beef Tacos 

If you are looking for fully loaded beef tacos, then this is your recipe! The honey garlic beef is made in a slow cooker until tender. Then you add roasted veggies to the tacos as well as feta. This is a beautiful combination of flavors! 

Get the recipe here.

Honey Garlic Shredded Beef Tacos

18. Pineapple Beef Tacos with Poblano Salsa 

Want your taste buds to feel like they are on holiday? Well, then this is the taco recipe for you! The tacos are cooked in seasonings and pineapple juice, adding savoriness and sweetness to the filling. This is all topped off with pineapple and poblano salsa. 

Get the recipe here.

Pineapple Beef Tacos with Poblano Salsa

19. Honey Habanero Beef Tacos

This is a great taco you should try if you want something that is a little bit spicy and a little bit sweet! You get the most amazing flavor with every bite. Since the flavors are so great, you might want to keep your toppings light! 

Get the recipe here.

Honey Habanero Beef Tacos

20. Cilantro Lime Steak Tacos

Tart and tangy, these are the perfect tacos when you want a bright punch of flavor! The steak is actually marinated in the lime cilantro mix before being grilled. Then you can add whatever toppings you want but make sure that you don’t overpower those delicious flavors! 

Get the recipe here.

Cilantro Lime Steak Tacos

21. Tender and Charred Skirt Steak Tacos

Since skirt steaks are so thin, they are great for absorbing flavor and cooking quickly. Start by marinating the steak so that it is nice and tender. Then, grill until each side is slightly charred for that extra flavor and crunch. Then add to a tortilla and top with red onion and queso freso cheese. 

Get the recipe here.

Tender and Charred Skirt Steak Tacos

22. Chimichurri Steak Tacos

This is a simple yet delicious approach to beef tacos. The steak is lightly seasoned and grilled – make sure to char the tortillas too. Then spread homemade chimichurri on the tortillas, top with beef, homemade pickles, and other toppings! 

Get the recipe here.

Chimichurri Steak Tacos

23. Chile Spiced Skirt Steak Tacos

The key to getting these steak tacos just right is to marinate the steak in various chile powders and other seasonings. Then, grill until perfect and top with fresh veggies and avocado salsa to take an edge off the heat. 

Get the recipe here.

Chile Spiced Skirt Steak Tacos

24. Sticky Beef Tacos with Creamy Avocado Dressing

With ketchup, brown sugar, and smoked paprika, this beef tastes like it is coated in a sticky barbecue sauce – absolutely delicious! The homemade avocado dressing is the perfect topping for these tacos although you should also make the homemade pico de gallo! 

Get the recipe here.

Sticky Beef Tacos with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Beef tacos have never looked so appealing as they do now! There are just so many for you to choose from, ensuring that you don’t have to worry about repeating beef taco fillings anytime soon! 

By Kristy J. Norton
I'm Kristy – a chef and connoisseur of all things BBQ! You can find me either in my kitchen (or someone else's) or at a big outdoor barbecue surrounded by friends and family. In both my professional and personal life I’ve picked up more than a few tips and tricks for turning out delicious food. I consider it a privilege to share it with others!
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