Taco Tuesday comes but once a week — but when you have some super-spicy and delicious taco meat left over, the day is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Let's be real; we could eat tacos every night of the week, so it seems silly to limit it to one measly meal.
And if you have something against leftovers, we swear you're still going to devour these recipes. They aren't just a copy of what you had on Night 1, but instead turn that taco meat into something totally new. You will not be feeling sick of tacos (as if that could ever happen).
1. Soft tacos with ground beef
I started with this delicious recipe for soft tacos with ground beef, but you can re-create your taco night leftovers by adding different spices and toppings.
Next up: Taco lettuce wraps
Originally published April 2015. Updated July 2017.
2. Taco lettuce wraps
Although ground turkey is used here, I think these taco lettuce wraps are just as tasty with ground beef. Remind you of P.F. Chang's famous lettuce wraps, don't they?
Next up: Sloppy Joe tacos
3. Sloppy Joe tacos
Another way to re-create your taco leftovers is by turning up the heat and making some sloppy Joe tacos. What's better than a true marriage of flavors?
Next up: Taco pie
4. Taco pie
Next up: Creamy Mexican dip
5. Creamy Mexican dip
Maybe you're throwing a party this weekend. Or maybe you're just dying for an excuse to eat a whole bag of tortilla chips. Just say hello to this creamy Mexican dip! No judgments.
Next up: Taco grilled cheese
6. Taco grilled cheese
Don't be fooled by this burger-looking sandwich. It's actually a taco grilled cheese! I know, I know. This must be what heaven tastes like.
Next up: Loaded tots
7. Loaded tots
Next up: Taco casserole
8. Taco casserole
Although this recipe is technically vegetarian, I say skip a can of beans, and load this cheesy taco casserole with some of that leftover ground beef instead. Yum!
Next up: Stuffed zucchini
9. Stuffed zucchini
If you're really looking to impress some guests this weekend or simply love stuffed zucchini (and who doesn't?), these taco-stuffed zucchini are simply irresistible.
Next up: Tamale pie
10. Tamale pie
Carnitas, schmarnitas! I'm loving this taco tamale pie much better with the addition of my ground beef leftovers. I can't resist an excuse to make an easy dinner.
Next up: Cheesy chili mac
11. Cheesy chili mac
Macaroni and cheese. Need I say more? OK, fine. This cheesy chili mac and cheese uses all the ingredients to make a chili, but it'll go great with your taco leftovers too.
Next up: Cheesy lasagna cupcakes
12. Cheesy lasagna cupcakes
You've got two options here: Take your taco meat, and turn it into these adorable cheesy lasagna cupcakes, or go wild, and use the recipe for quinoa enchilada cupcakes, but sub the quinoa for meat. Voilà!
Next up: Taco pizza
13. Taco pizza
I am unabashedly a huge pizza lover. As a New Yorker, I basically have to be. So when I saw this recipe for a taco pizza, I basically turned into one of those cartoon characters with hearts in my eyes. True story.
Next up: Stuffed bell pepper
14. Stuffed bell pepper
Want a really easy lunch with those taco leftovers? Then look no further than this simple taco-stuffed bell pepper. What more could we really ask for?
Next up: Taco crescents
15. Taco crescents
Another appetizer winner is these taco crescents. I simply love the idea of using simple croissant dough to re-create leftovers in a truly unique way. Plus, they make a fantastic snack!
Next up: Taco lasagna
16. Taco lasagna
Sometimes in life, the answer to anything is lasagna. Whenever I'm thinking of cooking on Sundays, I always think of making this hearty dish. And why not spice things up with a taco lasagna this time?
Next up: Taco chili salad
17. Taco chili salad
Although this recipe technically calls for leftover chili, I think it's just as lovely with leftover taco meat. After all, it wouldn't be a taco salad without some taco flavor, right?
Next up: Tex-Mex Egg McMuffin
18. Tex-Mex Egg McMuffin
Who says leftovers can't turn into a fantastic breakfast? That's the idea behind this Tex-Mex Egg McMuffin. It's simple and delicious, the only things breakfast should ever be.
Next up: Taco leftovers chili
19. Taco leftovers chili
Last, but definitely not least, is the magic that comes from transforming your taco leftovers into truly delicious and easy chili. All you need is some extra seasoning, and you're set!