7 Innovative Tacos in Dallas

By Farah Fleurima  |  April 29, 2014

If the traditional street taco just isn’t your thing, or you want to flex your experimental muscle, here are some plays on the Mexican classic that are decidedly north-of-the-border in influence… and beyond.

Vietnamese Taco from Nammi Truck
The food truck fills a tortilla with barbecue pork, grilled pork, tofu or lemongrass beef or chicken with cucumbers, pickled daikon and carrots, a red cabbage sauté, jalapeños and cilantro.

Fried Avocado Taco from Torchy’s Taco
Fresh avocados are sliced and hand-battered then topped with pico de gallo, cheese and lettuce on a corn tortilla, proving veg-lovers and vegetarians can have a ton of fun with their food, too.

The WTF at Velvet Taco
WTF stands for Weekly Taco Feature, of course! With inventive tacos ranging from the Fried Elvis (fried bananas, cashew butter, applewood smoked bacon and arugula salad) to the Sonoran (crema, avocado pico, bacon, queso fresco and Valentina hot sauce on a hot dog), you’re sure to try something outrageous and completely craveable, but only for one week at a time.

Fried Oyster Tacos at Stampede 66
Briny, fresh Gulf oysters are tossed in a cornmeal crust, quick-fried to tender perfection and garnished with slaw in a handmade tortilla (pictured). It’s impossible to eat just one.

Paneer Taco at Taco Twists
The Indian cheese is mashed and cooked with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and spices and topped with lettuce, cheddar and tomatoes in a tortilla.

The Gamechanger at So Cal Tacos
Honey-chipotle grilled salmon gets a starring role in the mobile taco operation’s Gamechanger. Cilantro aioli adds a kick, and romaine lettuce and feta round out the meal.

Purple People Eater from Rock and Roll Tacos
Another veggie delight from the popular food truck: portabellos are grilled with purple potatoes and caramelized onions and adorned with cotija in a corn tortilla.