10 No-Fail Ways to Celebrate National Taco Day

Let's taco bout it.

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October 4th is your free pass to eat as many tacos as your heart desires. This is kind of a big deal. I’m just saying, let’s not take this holiday lightly. Let’s celebrate properly, shall we? Read on to see how.

Throw a Dinner Fiesta

Tacos are the perfect excuse to throw a low-key party. Make adorable, budget-friendly fiesta decor with tissue paper. (Keep reading to find tasty recipes for your party!)

Mini Tacos

Ropa Vieja Tacos

Ropa Vieja Tacos

The only thing better than tacos are miniature one like these ropa vieja tacos. A variety of fillings and taco shells can be prepared ahead of time, then quickly assembled right before guests arrive.

Tacos don’t get much cuter. Plus, you can make these minis ahead of time to relieve Taco Day stress.

Make This: Ropa Vieja Tacos

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Bring the world to your table with famed chef Kevin Gillespie's recipe for Tacos al Pastor featured in the pork-centric cookbook Pure Pork Awesomeness.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Pure Pork Awesomeness: Totally Cookable Recipes from Around the World by Angie Mosier

Fresh and hearty, these pork-loaded tacos are sure to please a hungry, taco-craving crowd.

Make This: Tacos al Pastor

Walking Tacos

Photo by: Photography by Bethany Nauert; Styled by Erica Reitman and Paige Geffen

Photography by Bethany Nauert; Styled by Erica Reitman and Paige Geffen

Maybe traditional tacos aren’t your thing. Go for this low-key, easy-to-make option, instead.

Make This: Walking Tacos

Taco Dip

No time to prepare the real deal? Make this super-simple dip to satisfy your taco tooth.

Make This: Taco Dip

Classic Guacamole

Can you really celebrate National Taco Day without inviting the taco’s loyal sidekick, guac? Plus, when you make it at home, it doesn't cost extra, thankyouverymuch.

Make This: Classic Guacamole

Pumpkin Tortillas

Pumpkin Tortillas

Pumpkin Tortillas

Pumpkin tortillas add nutrition and great flavor to the traditional flatbread.

Photo by: Photo by Mick Telkamp

Photo by Mick Telkamp

It’s officially fall, and that means everyone, everywhere adds pumpkin to everything, everywhere — including Taco Day. Need I say more?

Make This: Pumpkin Tortillas

Taco Cookies

Who doesn’t love a themed dessert? C’mon, you know these ridiculously clever cookies are a must.


Tropical Margarita

Tropical Margarita

Mix up this classic lime margarita with a tropical twist to enjoy a summery sip any time of the year.

Photo by: H. Camille Smith

H. Camille Smith

OK, but what will you wash all this delicious taco food down with?! Margs, duh.

Make This: Classic Margarita

Taco Dog Costume

Don't forget to include your pup in the celebrations. Fido can’t eat tacos with you, but he can pretend to be one with this hilarious taco dog costume.

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Whip up a variety of tasty drinks to give your guests options.

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