How to make Mexican Taco
Mexican cuisine is famous for its spicy and flavorful food. Among the various Mexican delicacies, tacos stand out as the most popular and sought-after street food across the globe. A Mexican Taco is a mouth-watering dish made of a corn or wheat tortilla filled with meat, vegetables, salsa, beans, and cheese. It is a perfect blend of texture, taste, and aroma that tantalizes the taste buds and satisfies the hunger pangs.
Mexican tacos are of two types- soft-shell and hard-shell tacos. Soft-shell tacos are made of wheat flour, while hard-shell tacos are made of corn, often deep-fried or baked until crispy. Both types of tacos are delicious and can be customized to suit a particular taste.
Prep: 30 minsCook: 15 minsTotal: 45 minsServings: 12Yield: 12 tacosCalories per serving: 275 calories
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 6 taco shells
- 1 cup shredded lettuce
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup salsa
- Optional toppings: sour cream, sliced avocado, chopped cilantro
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until browned and fully cooked about 8-10 minutes. Drain any excess fat.
- Add the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir to combine and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Place the taco shells on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes or until crispy.
- Fill each taco shell with the seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, salsa, and any additional toppings desired.
- Serve hot and enjoy your delicious homemade Mexican Tacos!
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The origin of tacos can be traced back to the indigenous people of Mexico, who used to eat tortillas as a staple food. The term ‘taco’ is derived from a Spanish word, meaning “plug” or “wad.” The first recorded description of taco dates back to the 18th century when it was referred to as a “miner’s taco” filled with spiced meat, cheese, and vegetables.
The traditional Mexican taco includes a filling of slow-cooked meat, such as pork, beef, or lamb, marinated in flavorful spices, such as cumin, chili, and garlic, and topped with onion, cilantro, and lime. The meat is usually grilled or roasted to a perfectly tender texture and then shredded before being stuffed into the tortilla. However, with time, the filling has evolved and now includes seafood, chicken, and even vegetarian options, such as beans, cheese, and vegetables.
To add a burst of flavor, Mexican tacos are usually accompanied by salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and freshly squeezed lime juice. The salsa, made of tomatoes, onions, and peppers, adds a spicy kick to the taco, while the guacamole, made of mashed avocado, provides a creamy texture. The sour cream balances the spiciness of the taco, while the fresh lime juice enhances the tangy flavor.
Mexican tacos are not only delectable but also nutritious. The tortilla provides carbohydrates, and the meat or vegetables provide protein, making it a healthy meal option. Tacos are also easy to make, convenient to eat, and can be served as a snack or a full meal.
Mexican tacos are an irresistible culinary delight that has become a global sensation. The colorful combination of the crispy tortilla, succulent meat, fresh vegetables, and zesty salsa, provides an unparalleled taste that everyone should try. So, next time you see a Mexican taco truck or a restaurant, don’t hesitate to jump in and savor this mouth-watering treat.