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.

16 More Fiesta-Ready Cocktails

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

Watermelon Margarita

You can't have a Cinco de Mayo celebration without margaritas. Sweeten it up a bit by adding agave nectar and cubes of juicy watermelon. Get the recipe >>

Sol de Flare Cocktail

This fiery cocktail combines tangy blood orange juice, agave and pepper-infused tequila for a kick that's sure to get your fiesta going. Get the recipe >>

Margarita + Mexican Beer

If "on the rocks" isn't your drink style, serve your margaritas frozen. Add a splash of your favorite Mexican beer for a surprisingly refreshing taste. Get the recipe >>

Classic Mojito

Even though this rum drink originated in Cuba, this classic mojito recipe will be sure to get your guests in celebration mode. Get the recipe >>

Rose and Mint Champagne

For an easy way to add color to your party, sprinkle dried rosebuds on champagne cocktails. To enhance the flavor, mix in mint leaves and lime juice. Get the recipe >>

Guacamole-Inspired Cocktail

That's right — the main ingredient in this margarita is avocado. Serve this cold drink with guacamole dip and tortilla chips. Get the recipe >>

Margarita With Vodka

Not a fan of tequila? Make a margarita-inspired cocktail with vodka instead. Mix 2 ounces wheat vodka, 1/2 ounce triple sec, 1 ounce sour mix and 2 ounces soda together for a drink that tastes just like the real thing. Photo Courtesy of Van Gogh Vodka

Spicy Mexican Beer

The main feature in The Michelada is Mexican beer. Mix in some hot sauce and pepper for a spicy treat that will complement that queso dip. Get the recipe >>

Pepper-Infused Tequila

Give your tequila an extra kick by adding peppers. To make this spicy drink, place 1 sliced habanero pepper, 1 sliced serrano pepper and 1 sliced jalapeño into the bottle. Let it sit for 3-4 hours or overnight for extra heat.

Mexican Chocolate Mock-tini

If you'd like to skip the alcohol but not the taste, try a Mexican chocolate mock-tini. The rich flavor is the perfect substitute for dessert. Get the recipe >>

Frozen Orange Cocktail

It's fruity, refreshing and colorful: This orange cocktail is the perfect companion for your fiesta and a great way to kick off the start of summer. Get the recipe >>

Pom-Berry Bellini

This pomegranate bellini is as flavorful as it is colorful. Make two different kinds for your party — one with champagne and the other with non-alcoholic champagne or sparkling cider for your non-drinking guests. Get the recipe >>

Sake + Sangria

Mix sake in your sangria for a tasty cocktail that will have your guests coming back for more. Get the recipe >>

Classic Sangria

If you don't like sake, go with a classic sangria recipe. Add a twist to it with a splash of champagne. Get the recipe >>

Virgin Grapefruit Mojito

Agave syrup complements the tart flavor of grapefruit in this virgin mojito. For a light, refreshing taste, garnish it with a sprig of mint. Get the recipe >>

Fruity Ice Cubes

Don't forget to add some color and flavor to your water. Place your favorite fruit, such as blueberries, lemon and orange slices, in the water next time you fill your ice cube tray. The frozen cubes will give your beverages that extra flavor it needs. Photo by Camille Styles

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