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Back in October, we celebrated National Taco Day but on March 21st, it gets a little more specific, because it’s National Crunchy Taco Day!

Tacos are a traditional Mexican dish where corn or wheat tortillas are wrapped around delicious fillings and then garnished with toppings like cheese, salsa, guacamole, and tomatoes. Just look at the recipes we shared in Spice Up Your National Taco Day With These 12 Veggie Tacos, Transform Taco Tuesdays With These 10 Awesome Veggie Recipes, and A Week’s Worth of Delicious Vegan Tacos.

Sometimes, however, tradition needs a little something-something to make things exciting. Tacos are great for getting creative because they are so versatile. You can change up the shells, the fillings, and the toppings to your liking. One way to make tacos super exciting is to make global fusion tacos! Then we can enjoy Indian tacos, Italian tacos, Middle Eastern tacos, and Asian tacos, as well as Mexican tacos. For more ideas, see 10 Awesome Taco Fillings. Then, get ready to travel the world with these 11 awesome global taco recipes.

1. Spicy Korean BBQ Jackfruit Tacos With Sesame Carrot Coleslaw

Spicy Korean BBQ Jackfruit Tacos With Sesame Carrot Coleslaw

These Spicy Korean BBQ Jackfruit Tacos With Sesame Carrot Coleslaw are the kind of thing you’d expect to come across at a foodie festival. There’s a medley of flavors and textures at work here and each serves to enhance the other. Spicy jackfruit, creamy sauce, and crunchy coleslaw — what more could you ask for? Absolutely nothing, except a second taco.

2. Curried Rice and Vegetable Tacos

Curried Rice and Vegetable Tacos

These Curried Rice and Vegetable Tacos bring some exotic spice to the mix. Curried rice, black beans, chickpeas, and vegetables are mixed with creamy hummus and tahini. Yum! Cinnamon is the perfect addition to the already fantastic spices at work, adding just a touch of addictive warmth. These wraps are a fun new way to enjoy tacos.

3. Moroccan Potato Lentil Tacos With Harissa

Moroccan Potato Lentil Tacos With Harissa

Come away to the Casbah with these Moroccan Potato Lentil Tacos With Harissa. The lentil base in this recipe contains savory onion, stewed tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and potatoes. A pinch of sugar adds a touch of sweetness, while harissa brings on the spice factor. These unique tacos will be your new favorite tortilla-wrapped dish. If you want one, just whistle.

4. Hibiscus Tacos de Jamaica

Hibiscus Tacos de Jamaica [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Flower tacos? Yes, please! These Hibiscus Tacos de Jamaica have chopped up hibiscus flowers in them along with onion, garlic, and hot chiles. Hibiscus tacos are a wonderfully unique yet simple dinner, and they pair wonderfully with hibiscus agua fresca. And guac. When it comes to tacos, we can never forget the guac.

5. Indian Chickpea Tacos With Cucumber Raita

Indian Chickpea Tacos With Cucumber Raita [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Give tacos an Indian twist with these Indian Chickpea Tacos With Cucumber Raita. Spicy and satisfying, these Indian tacos have creamy coconut curried chickpeas and greens, topped with tangy chutney and cooling vegan raita in a warmed corn tortilla. Delish!

6. Kimchi Tofu Tacos With Cashew Crema

Kimchi Tofu Tacos with Cashew Crema [Vegan]

Kimchi and tacos are all the rage right now, so give them a try in your kitchen with these amazingly flavorful Kimchi Tofu Tacos With Cashew Crema. The tofu is marinated in kimchi before being topped with a tangy purple slaw and cashew crema. These will make your taste buds want to get up and do a happy dance.

7. Korean Spicy Sweet Potato Falafel Tacos With White Kimchi

Korean Spicy Sweet Potato Falafel Tacos With White Kimchi [Vegan]

These Korean Spicy Sweet Potato Falafel Tacos With White Kimchi have three sources of inspiration! They combine Korean flavors with Mediterranean falafels and Mexican tacos. The white kimchi, falafel, and Gochujang sauce form an unforgettable medley of flavors. This might be the most culturally diverse meal you’ll ever have. It’s like a trip around the world, all in one taco.

8. Jackfruit Banh Mi Tacos

Jackfruit Banh Mi Tacos [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Whoever first thought of turning a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich into a taco was a certified genius. But, even the work of a genius can be improved upon, and the result here are these gluten-free Jackfruit Banh Mi Tacos. Tender jackfruit is coated in a sweet and sour teriyaki sauce, topped with crunchy, tangy pickled vegetables, creamy Sriracha mayo, and then enrobed in a soft corn tortilla. Now, that’s one epic Vietnamese taco.

9. Indian Fusion Green Tacos

Indian Fusion Green Tacos (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

These Indian Fusion Green Tacos merge elements of Mexican and Indian cooking, which have some major similarities when it comes to key ingredients and spices. Vibrant flavors like cumin, lime, chili, mango, garlic, tomato and beans feature prominently in both. These ingredients, and more create these awesome fusion wraps that will have you agreeing that Mexican and Indian flavors are a match made in heaven!

10. Sweet and Spicy Lentil Dal Tacos

Fuse This: Sweet and Spicy Lentil Dal Tacos [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

If you can’t decide between Mexican food and Indian food, don’t worry. Why choose when you can have both, with these Sweet and Spicy Lentil Dal Tacos? The spicy lentil dal has added molasses to give it a deep sweetness that is absolutely irresistible. You may not even get it into the taco shell because you’ll be eating it right out of the pot.

11. Falafel Tacos


Merge Taco Tuesday and Falafel Friday with these Falafel Tacos. The falafel have a crisp outer coating and a soft, chewy inside. They’re the perfect filler for crisp taco shells. The Sriracha tahini sauce adds both heat and creaminess. The combination of flavors and textures in these falafel tacos is pretty spectacular.

These global taco shells are like having a taco shell for a passport. You get to travel to different parts of the world, bite after delicious bite.

Lead image source: Jackfruit Banh Mi Tacos

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