The taco as we know it today has its origins in the depths of Mexico’s silver mines during the 1800s. Since then, it’s spread across the world, earning a loyal following in the process.
Most people eat tacos from fast food outlets across the globe, but you don’t have to go without while practicing social distancing.
Learning how to make a taco is easy. Get started with these top taco recipes.
1. Ground Beef Tacos
Ground beef is one of the most common taco ingredients in authentic Mexican cooking.
You can make your own version by frying up some ground beef with homemade taco spice instead of the store-bought version.
Simply add cumin, chili powder, salt, oregano, pepper, and garlic powder to the beef while you’re frying it. Serve it with your favorite taco toppings.
2. Fish Tacos
The main ingredient in these tacos is char-grilled halibut with authentic tomatillo salsa.
You can make the salsa by combing the following ingredients:
- 4 tomatillos
- ½ cup cilantro
- 2 small jalapeno chilis, chopped
- 1½ tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- Kosher salt to taste
Grill the fish with minced garlic and lemon juice and serve in warm tortillas with salsa and extra cilantro.
3. Grilled Pork Tacos
Pork wasn’t always a traditional filling for authentic tacos. Lebanese restauranteurs first added it to their shwarmas, which are similar to tacos.
This tasty trend soon earned a place on Mexican menus everywhere. Here’s how to create Mexican style pork tacos:
- Grill pork cutlets, chorizo sausage, onions, garlic, jalapeno’s, tomatillos, and jalapenos
- Slice everything up and place it in your taco shell
- Serve with Hass avocados and a drizzle of lime juice
4. Chicken Tinga Tacos
Tinga is a smoky tomato sauce and tacos made this way are one of the original Mexican recipes.
You can braise your chicken in the oven or cook it on the stovetop to make this dish.
To make the sauce, you fry onions in olive oil, then add garlic, tomatoes with their juices, and chipotle sausage. Simmer the sauce until it thickens slightly and allow it to cool before pureeing it until smooth.
The final step is to add the tomato sauce to the chicken and braise or simmer the mixture until the chicken’s cooked.
To serve, shred the chicken and place it in your taco shells with crumbled Cotija cheese and cilantro.
5. A Meat Taco Treat
One of the best taco recipes to try if you’re looking for an authentic Mexican feast is carne asada tacos. Carne asada means smoked beef and the main ingredients in these meat tacos include skirt steak, chili peppers, soy sauce, and lime juice.
Check out this Tex-Mex recipe for tips on how to add a delicious smoky flavor to your steak tacos.
Mastermind Your Own Taco Recipes
The best part about taco recipes is that they’re easy to adjust according to your tastes if you’re not too fussed about authenticity. Try experimenting with some of your favorite flavors to create your own Taco Tuesday treats.
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