Another radical party excuse has made its way into our lives yet again and this time, it’s one worth getting out of your shells for! National Taco Day occurs every year on October 4th and although we’re not sure who invented this holiday; we are more than happy to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods, the taco. “What is a taco?” you may ask. Well, a taco is traditionally a meat or vegetable based filling folded in between a corn or flour tortilla that is then garnished with toppings galore. When eating a taco, it is important to consider that the firm taco in your hands doesn’t turn into a messy taco salad on your plate. By following these five simple steps, you can ensure you get the perfect taco bite every time:
For those wondering “What am I to put in these tacos?!” We’ve gathered our favorite recipes from across the country that are flavorful, unique, and easy to create. From traditional beef and pork tacos, to the unique combinations created by chefs who wanted to spice things up, and even a little dessert for those craving more.
You may be familiar with carnitas since it is one of the most common meats among mexican street tacos. This boneless pork shoulder gets marinated in orange juice and milk for a sweet and crispy finish. Top with green salsa, onions, and avocado for a fresh twist on the classic carnitas taco.
For those who like something a bit more beefed up, these beef barbacoa tacos are a special treat. Chuck roast is marinated in an adobo recipe featuring onion, lime juice, garlic, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt, cloves, allspice and your favorite chilis. Leave it in the slow cooker for about 8 hours and serve with tomato, avocado and queso fresco.
Also known as Fried Tacos, these delicious tacos are filled with chicken and cheese, then fried for the ultimate crispy and crunchy taco. These are super easy to make as you can use rotisserie chicken from your local market for the filling. Top with cilantro, sour cream, tomatoes, cheese and pico de gallo.
Also known as potato tacos, these fried tacos are filled with mashed potatoes then garnish with lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, sour cream and your favorite mexican cheeses. These tacos are a staple among many homes and the perfect alternative for vegetarians. A super simple recipe with satisfying results.
This vegetarian taco gets a spicy kick with poblano and pasilla chiles sauteed with portobello mushrooms and onions. Top with fresh tomato, cilantro, queso fresco, pickled red onions and jalapenos.
Here in L.A. you might be familiar with the famous Kogi korean bbq taco truck. When I got to try my first korean bbq taco I waited in line for 1 hour and boy howdy it was worth the wait. That is just how darn good these tacos are, and it’s exciting to be able to try this simple recipe at home. In this recipe, sweet beef ribs are left in a slow cooker to marinade in brown sugar and ginger, then topped with a fresh homemade slaw.
At first I was appalled, then amused, then intrigued, and now totally obsessed! These tacos are so unique and fun they had to be shared with the world. So you take your traditional american taco in a hard shell with ground beef and green onions, then add heaps of golden mac n’ cheese for a patriotic combination no one can resist. Don’t you just want to enjoy these tacos at a monster truck rally? While waiving an american flag and chanting “USA! USA! USA!” …I suppose that could just be my American dream.
“Dr. Pepper?! Say whaaa?” Yes, you heard right. Beef brisket sits in a slowcooker and basks in the sweet syrup of Dr.Pepper for a few hours as the soda tenderizes and sweetens the beef in this recipe. The tacos are topped with thin slices of brie, garnished with lime, and all tucked into a fried corn tortilla for a concoction of unique and delicious flavors!
Beef flank, a frying pan, chipotle adobo and onions are all you need for this savory recipe. Let the steak marinate in your chipotle sauce for a few hours, pan fry, and finish with caramelized grilled onions. The subtle spiciness of the adobo with the sweet onions is similar to the traditional sweet and sour taste reminds us of traditional Al Pastor tacos.
Desert in a taco? Genius! For this recipe flour tortillas are fried in coconut oil, dusted with a cinnamon sugar mix, then topped with vanilla ice cream and fresh mango chunks.
For those of you craving some seafood, check out our perfect grilled fish tacos from our beach barbecue recipes posting.