And you thought you knew all the tacos.

We know what you’re thinking: What do you mean we “didn’t know” tacos could be delicious? Of course these three tacos are going to be delicious. Any three tacos are delicious. “Taco” is basically a synonym for “delicious.”

No, but really, we came across these three specific tacos and couldn’t even believe we hadn’t thought of them before. It’s like, hello, take all of the things you love most on this green earth and PUT THEM IN A TACO.

Enough blathering from me. Here they are. The best taco ideas you didn’t know could be so weird and delicious.

Corn cobs

Why don’t you put CORN AND MUSHROOMS on your tacos?

It seems like every time I eat a mushroom I’m reminded that I love mushrooms. And these vegetarian tacos are so hearty and savory even the meat-eatingest among you will have to fess up. These are amazing.

Start with some fresh mushrooms. And fresh corncobs. Then do that thing to the cobs where you saw off all the kernels. Saute the mushrooms with some ancho chile powder (secret ingredient!), garlic, cumin and oregano until the mushrooms are tender. Stir in the corn and slap it all on some heated corn tortillas. Top off with chopped white onion and cilantro, if you’re one of the humans lucky enough to love cilantro.

Cocoa powder

Do your tacos have ENOUGH CHOCOLATE ON THEM?

The answer is no way, they do NOT have enough chocolate on them. Until right. NOW.

Chocolate chile tacos are spicy and mocha-y — heavenly and beyond. What you do is you saute some shallots and garlic, then add a pound of ground beef and cook till it’s browned. Then throw in some chiles and tomato paste and stir it all up. Then add a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, half a tablespoon cumin, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, and a quarter teaspoon each of salt and allspice. Let it all simmer for one or two more minutes and serve in — what else?— taco shells. You pick the crunchy or soft kind. It’s a free country!


Move your avocado FROM TOAST TO TACOS

Yeah, OK, Millennials aren’t buying houses because of all the avocado toast we’re cramming into our mouths. Can you feel me rolling my eyes across the whole wide world?

It’s actually all of the avocado TACOS I’m cramming down my mouth that stops me from buying a house. Hass avocados don’t grow on trees, am I right?

Whatever. Avocado is the pearl jewelry of foods. It’s classy as hell and goes with everything. These tacos are so easy and fresh, too. Just cut an avocado in half, remove the pit, brush the halves with olive oil and place face-down on a grill. After two or three minutes, let the avocados cool. Slice, serve on warm tortillas, and top with queso fresco. Then wait for the next thinkpiece to come out telling you you’re irresponsible because you love avocado tacos.  

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