Did you know that the world’s biggest Navajo taco was 246 feet long? In Gallup, New Mexico in 2011, the citizens decided to create this colossal taco. Still, nothing beats Mexico’s 1,654-pound taco from 2003.
That’s only the beginning, though. If you’re looking for new types of tacos to create at home or if you want to know how to make tacos that will blow your friends’ minds away, look no further. We’ve got the list here for you!
In this list, we’ll give you new types of tacos you can create for yourself or get in Mexico. Read on for more information on these 5 new tacos:
1. Seafood Taco
Looking for the tacos you get in most coastal regions? These are seafood tacos. And by that, we mean tacos beyond fried fish tacos.
These tacos come in many flavors and ingredients. There are the grilled California fish tacos. It’s got white fish grilled, avocado, and grilled scallions. Mmm!
Tired of grilling seafood? Fresh shrimp tacos go well with guacamole cream and olive salsa. Don’t forget lime juice and salt to give it more flavor!
Many varieties of delicious seafood tacos are only available in the East and West coasts of Mexico. If you’re curious, you take a trip to Mexico. You can also get to taste some of them in the Taco Fest at the summer food fest in Toronto.
2. Al Pastor Taco
Pastor translates to the Mexican word ‘shepherd’. This tasty taco was an inspiration piece from Lebanon’s slow-cooked shawarma. Lebanese immigrants brought this style of cooking meat to Mexico, and voila!
Now, pastor meat is sautéed pork marinated in lemon and pineapple juice. The taco also has other spices and chilies in it. You could also observe the onion, cilantro, and pineapple in the taco.
Sometimes, you can get this with a mix of beef in it. The meat is often red due to the seasoning of red peppers. Like shawarma, servers assemble the meat on a stick that rotates as it’s cooking.
If you go to Mexico, this is a common taco experience. You’ll find it in many places and often they’re very affordable. Still, its frequency does not take away the exquisiteness of the dish.
Sometimes, you may even find that your tortillas are smaller than the usual sizes. You might also have onion, coriander, green sauce, and pineapple added to it.
Fun fact: did you know that Taste Atlas ranked spit-roasted pork tacos al pastor as the world’s top dish in 2019?
3. Tacos de Embutidos
The embutido is a type of chorizo but not one that is typical in the States. It’s not made in the supermarket nor is it mass-produced. These sausages are often handmade by sausage artisans.
There are several kinds of embutidos you can put in your taco. There are green and red chorizos, longaniza, obispo, and queso de perco. The thing about these sausages is they are only available in Mexico.
For these tacos, you need quality sausages. Otherwise, you may get tacos with artificial flavors rather than a balanced flavor.
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4. Bug Tacos
Tacos come with many types of meat. Let’s hop on the subject of a unique kind of taco. We are sure that this type of taco is one you’ve never seen before: bug tacos.
The most popular ones are chapulines and escamoles. Chapulines are a type of cricket. Escamoles are tacos made of ant larvae, which make it one of the most expensive taco dishes.
Maguey worm tacos are also popular taco flavors. In some areas, people catch scorpions to put into tacos. You may also find stink bugs or jumiles inside a taco.
Depending on where you order these tacos, the preparations and ingredients are different. Still, this taco has an intensity and uniqueness nothing else has. Note that few people have a mindset adventurous and open enough to try this taco without disgust.
5. Fried Tacos
The usual way to eat taco is to cook the ingredients that go inside before you put them all into the tortilla. Ever wondered how the taco will taste like when you add a whole last step of frying the taco after you put it together? Well, people have thought the same and have also tried it.
It’s even a traditional dish. That way, you know it’s most definitely a taco they tried and tested so many times. The answer: fried tacos.
Fried tacos are traditional Mexican dishes, also called tacos dorados or flautas. The traditional filler is beef, chicken, or cheese. Now, you can also have barbacoa and potato fillers.
These tacos are not filled all the way. Instead, you fill them enough before you roll them. This way, the filling doesn’t separate from the tortilla when you fry it in oil.
This taco comes served with sour cream, fresh cheese, and chopped onions. Lettuce and a special sauce also go with the taco serving. In some regions of Mexico, they have fried tacos called flautas ahogadas, which come submerged in hot sauce.
6. Other Unforgettable Types of Tacos
Guisado is another popular and traditional Mexican dish. When you put guisado in a taco you get the taco de guisado. The taco de guisado often comes with rice cooked Mexican style.
If you’ve been to Mexico, you may have seen the pots or steam trays all over the place. Inside them are a variety of foods from fries to stew. Most of the foods, most called guisado, in these pots could go into a taco.
The rice on the tortilla soaks up the sauces of the braises, stews, and stir-fries. The guisado could be meat prepared in a variety of sauces: chicken gizzards in salsa, or shredded beef in green salsa. It’s all the home-cooked stews for workers wrapped in a tortilla.
Are you a vegan who wants to try out some vegan tacos? You’re in luck because there are recipes for vegan tacos too. You could do away with the meat and focus on the avocados and butternut squash instead.
You can also get a recipe involving eggs, panko bread crumbs, and a whole pound of cabbage. With the many foodstuffs you can put in tacos, you can always find a way to create your own vegan taco. If you want to share with non-vegan friends, try out vegan recipes for non-vegans too.
Enjoy Your Taco Thursdays with These New Taco Types
That’s it for our list of new and different types of tacos. Now, you can create your own to widen your knowledge on taco varieties. Or, if you’re traveling to Mexico, you can look forward to tasting some of these unique tacos.
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