Having to decide on what to eat every day can feel somewhat tedious. It’s great to resort to the classics, but sometimes it’s worth exploring outside of your comfort zone. If you’re looking to take your Taco Tuesdays to a new level, this is the guide for you.
Authentic street tacos are not easy to duplicate, but you can get pretty close with the right guidance. So allow us to share our five top secret tips for making street tacos that are sure to impress both your family and friends!
Let’s get started.
1. Make Your Own Tortillas
We made the first step the most difficult because we know that busy families don’t necessarily have time to make their own tortillas. However, the authenticity of a taco comes from the tortilla. This is the external structure of the taco, and you don’t want to settle for anything mediocre!
Store-bought tortillas aren’t bad, but that authentic taste you get when buying Mexican tacos from a restaurant or food truck is mainly thanks to the house-made tortilla. With that said, it doesn’t have to be a complicated endeavor. You can use a special tortilla pan or even roll out your own corn tortillas.
Use instant cornflour and add water or stock to it. Then you want to roll the dough out thinly and cut out rounded shapes that are 4 or 6 inches wide. Once you do that, place your tortilla down over a medium-heat dry cast-iron skillet.
Make sure you flip both sides until the tortilla is slightly puffed up. Finally, wrap those homemade tortillas in a towel and store them on a plate until you’re ready to serve.
See? It’s not as complex as you think, and you’ll transform your taco game forever.
2. Ditch the Ground Beef
As you may have noticed, many Tex-Mex style tacos tend to have a base of ground beef. While you’re free to explore all of the filling possibilities that a taco can offer, there’s nothing wrong with exploring outside the norm.
To give your ground beef an extra layer of bold flavor, consider mixing in spicy Mexican chorizo. This added nuance will add smokiness and spice with only one ingredient.
You can also ditch meat altogether for an incredible (and healthy) vegetarian version of your favorite street taco! You may be skeptical but take a look at this taco recipe for inspiration:
- Quick-pickled onions
- Soy Chorizo
- Creamy avocado dip
- Refried beans
- 8 corn tortillas
- Salsa verde
- Shredded green cabbage (for extra crunch)
- Crumbled Cotija or feta cheese
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Lime wedges
Assemble your tacos by mixing a variety of these ingredients, and you’ll be wondering why it took you so long to switch up the usual ground beef recipe.
3. Finding Balance Is Essential
Part of what makes certain street tacos so delicious is that they’re able to balance out their ingredients beautifully. Everything from simple picks like sour cream and lettuce to more inventive options like kimchi and onions can allow you to create a balanced flavor profile.
Feel free to experiment with fillings and toppings but be mindful of how it affects the taco. The secret is to pair your protein with complementary toppings.
If you use too many fresh toppings, your taco might be a little colder than you’d like. Alternatively, using too many sauces and salsas will cause your taco to be soggy. Most recipes call for a balance of ingredients, but it’s particularly crucial for authentic street tacos.
You’ll start to notice that there’s some trial and error once you begin to incorporate new ingredients. No harm in getting it wrong a couple of times. Even the greatest chefs do.
4. Homemade Sauces for the Win
Another tip for tacos that you won’t be able to get enough of is…topping them off with homemade sauces! Although, you may have noticed that this is the second time the word homemade has popped up.
It’s for a good reason. Not only is homemade food healthier, but it also tends to taste better as well (if done right).
Let’s start with salsa. Arguably a crucial component to any traditional street taco recipe. If you cannot make your own tortillas, you can at least make your own salsa.
Use high-quality ingredients like tomatillos, garlic, jalapenos, cilantro, and serranos. There’s no way store-bought salsa in a jar can beat the taste of these fresh ingredients.
If this isn’t enough for you, you can also grill your salsa ingredients! If you’re a fan of spice, understand the heat index of any chiles you’re using. Doing your research on the right things to add to your salsa will basically guarantee success.
Looking to make the perfect guac? Try this recipe for kale guacamole that is sure to give your taco a delicious and healthy boost.
5. Don’t Be Afraid Of Fruit
Before clicking out of the article, hear us out. If you’re a fan of the sweet and salty dynamic, you’ll love adding fruit to your tacos. Add some spice and acidity, and you’ve got yourself a winning taco recipe.
One of the more popular options for tacos is pineapple, especially if it’s warm. But you should also explore grilled peaches while you’re at it. Regardless of how you choose to experiment, you’re sure to be surprised by how much fruit elevates the flavor.
Make Your Own Authentic Street Tacos
No more scratching your head at what to make for dinner tonight because you’re about to make some delicious authentic street tacos! If you’re new to this world, it may take some trial and error to get it right but don’t give up. You’ll be surprised by how quick the learning curve is after making a couple of mistakes.
At the end of the day, it’s about making a delicious and healthy meal to share with the people you love. The authenticity and flavor are a bonus.
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