Taco… Wednesday? Fun Ways to Celebrate #NationalTacoDay

So we’ve all heard the phrase “Taco Tuesday”, but what about Taco Wednesday? Probably not right? Well, today is National Taco Day, which means another glorious day of the week that it’s socially acceptable to eat as many possible tacos as you can fit in your belly. Not sure how to celebrate? Look no further! Here’s a list of national restaurants celebrating and some recipes if you want to make tacos yourself.

Free (or cheap) Tacos

Here’s a list of chain restaurants that will give you free (or incredibly cheap) tacos today.

Taco Bell
Taco Bell

Photo: Taco Bell

Taco Bell is going all in for National Taco Day, which the company sees as a kickoff to a “season of tacos,” according to a press release. On Oct. 4, taco lovers can buy Taco Bell’s National Taco Day Gift Set — a $5, specially-wrapped box that comes with four of Taco Bell’s more iconic flavored tacos, including Nacho Cheese, Cool Ranch, Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos, and the Crunchy Taco.

Taco Bell is also hosting Taco Day fans for an exclusive, festive dinner at Taco Bell’s test kitchen, a top secret location where classic menu items like the Quesalupa was born, the company said in a statement. Dinners guests will enjoy a five-course menu “created and plated by Taco Bell’s top chefs and innovators.”

Taco John’s

Customers at Taco John’s locations will get a free taco when they present a coupon that will be available on the restaurant’s Facebook, Twitter, website and coupon websites.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant

The New England-based restaurant chain is serving a Taco Gigante, a mammoth of a taco that weighs two pounds and is filled with chicken, beef, pork, bacon, cheese, lettuce, refried beans and much, much more. Accept the Taco Gigante challenge and you’ll get a free Taco Gigante.

California Tortilla

Everybody loves a good BOGO. California Tortilla is offering a taco buy-one-get-one deal. Meaning you buy one taco and get a free taco all day at participating locations. Which means, buy 10 tacos get 10 free am I right?

Jimboy’s Tacos

The West Coast-based chain is giving away free ground beef or bean tacos for every taco purchased. The Taco Day deal is valid at participating locations and comes with a three, free taco maximum per person.

Tijuana Flats

Tijuana Flats are based in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia. They are selling $2 tacos and $2 Mexican drafts all day. So head on over to Tijuana Flats and fill your belly with delicious tacos and beer. You only get this opportunity once a year!


Chuy’s will give you a free crispy beef taco for National Taco Day with the purchase of an entrée. Just say the code words “taco bout it” to your server to redeem.

Yummy DIY Taco Recipes

Real tacos are made with corn or flour tortillas filled with the most amazing ingredients.  Think fried avocados, chipotle-rubbed salmon or pulled pork. Top that off with spicy salsas and fresh herbs and you’ve got yourself a delicious meal. Here’s five recipes worth trying for your at home national taco day celebration.

Pork Tacos

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Slow Cooked Pulled Pork BBQ Crunchy Tacos

These delicious tacos start in your slow cooker and make their way into your belly with a new sauce combo you might have never tried.

Easy Weeknight Chicken Tacos recipe

This easy-peasy recipe will have you eating tacos in no time. No slow-cooker prep, no problem. (and they make delicious leftovers!)

Seafood Tacos With Lime-Green Chile Sauce and Grilled Corn Slaw recipe

Now I know not everyone is a seafood taco fan, but for those of you that are this recipe the best. With a simple home-made sauce paired with your favorite seafood, this recipe is a must try.

Quinoa Taco Meat recipe

Who says people on a meat-less diets can’t enjoy National Taco Day? Quinoa makes an excellent substitution for ground beer tacos. It’s almost uncanny. This recipe is simple and requires just 9 ingredients. Enjoy my vegetarian & vegan friends!

Korean Fried Chicken Tacos with Sweet Slaw, Crunchy Noodles and Queso Fresco recipe

Last but not least, a yummy Korean take on tacos. Fried chicken paired with a sweet slaw, crunchy noodles and queso fresco? Yes please.

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