Miscellaneous

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Tacos Roundup!

Tacos-Cinco de Mayo

Y’all know my love for Tacos knows no bounds or limits. And it’s rather perfect that I live in a city (SAN DIEGO!!) that enables my Tacos Addiction.

So I can think of no better way to celebrate today — Cinco de Mayo then with a Tacos Roundup! Here are 9 DELICIOSO taco recipes that you’ve got to make TODAY!

Well – if I had it my way, you’ll make them every day!

First up, my Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Avocado Crema.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos

These beauties are to die for. Ok…so all of these recipes are to die for. But you’ll just love how quick these babies come together and the shrimp are so wonderfully flavored and succulent. And the game changer? The spicy avocado crema. Seriously–that crema is amazing over everything! Tacos, burritos, sandwiches—even salads.

Swoon….SWOON I tell ya!

Next up – Fish Tacos with Avocado-Cabbage Slaw.

Fish Tacos with Avocado-Cabbage Slaw

How could I live in San Diego and not share a fish taco recipe?

These really are one of the most popular recipes on my sites. Folks adore how easy and quick it is to cook the fish (under the broiler) and how refreshing the bright avocado-cabbage slaw pairs with it. It’s definitely on the lighter side of the house–particularly if you sub Greek yogurt for the crema in the slaw. Perfect for warm, weeknight meals!

And of course, I’ve got to share a Baja style fish tacoChipotle-Beer Battered Fish Tacos!

Beer Battered Fish Tacos

These loaded tacos are filled with cod that have been battered with Mexican beer and chipotle peppers to get a wonderfully crispy exterior with a slightly smoky flavor. I dressed them with a power punch chipotle crema that’s mixed up in a blender, fresh veggies, creamy avocado and a squeeze of lime. Can you hear the ocean calling you?

If you’re looking for something a little “meatier”, you’ll definitely love these Beer Braised Carnitas Tacos.

Fat Tire® Braised Carnitas Tacos

This is another fan favorite on the site with spiced pork that has been slowly braised in all types of goodness (yup, BEER!) and then crisped up and caramelized. The flavor and textures are out of this world. I like to serve these “street tacos” style with just a small tortilla, a spoonful of salsa, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime. I could scarf down at least 6 of these….and I have.

Looking for something a little more figure friendly? How about some Turkey and Peppers Tacos?

Turkey & Peppers Tacos
I almost always have a package of ground turkey in my freezer (you should too!) and they make a beautiful taco filling. These are quite straight forward—browned red onions, peppers, lots of spices, ground turkey and bell peppers. But they are such a great staple that you can even double the recipe and keep some in the freezer for a rainy day. Perfect filling for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, tostadas, salads—-you get where I’m going with this.

And there are always FlautasSpicy Chicken Flautas!

Spicy Chicken Flautas
Flautas are essentially a fried rolled taco and can be filled with a myriad of goodness. This is a mixture of cooked chicken (you can even use store bought rotisserie chicken to cut back on time!), spices, aromatics and lots of cheese. After you fill up the tortilla and roll them up, they’re quickly fried until nice and crispy. I love the crunch from the tortillas and crispy chicken—so good! Dunk them in some sour cream, salsa, guac and you’re ready to roll!

They say brekkie is the most important meal so when you bring Breakfast Tacos to the mix then you know it’s going to be an amazing day!

Breakfast Tacos

Anything goes when it comes to brekkie tacos. But in this gal’s opinion, there must at least be a solid tortilla, ‘taters of some sort, salsa and an EGG! Because everything is better when you throw an egg on it!

Don’t worry my vegetarian peeps, I haven’t forgotten about you! Because I’ve got these tasty and fulfilling Portabello Mushroom Tacos for ya!

Portabello Mushroom Tacos

Portabellos are the meatiest non-meat item  ever!

Yeah….I just said that.

But they’re so wonderful and have so much earthy flavor on its own. And then when you add some extra spices, you’d be hard pressed to miss meat! Wait…did I just say that?! Oh–and if you omit the cheese, this recipe is vegan friendly too!

And finally, one of my favorite tacos ever— Tacos de Papa – Crispy Potato Tacos!

Tacos de Papa

When you mix a Potato Lover, a Tacos Lover, a Lover of Fried Foods, a Cheese Lover, and a Mexican Food Lover together — you get ME!!!!

These gorgeous loves contain nearly every food item I adore (hmm, maybe I should add bacon?) but even if you aren’t me, I cannot fathom that you wouldn’t love these too! Imagine this, a spiced cheese mashed potato mixture enclosed in a crispy taco shell and then topped with fresh veggies, cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Heaven right?

Well gang, I hope I’ve got you pumped and excited to make some tacos today and extra points goes to those who whip up a few pitchers of Margaritas to wash them down! There are plenty of different Margs recipes on my site archives if you need some inspiration.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

Breakfast/Brunch

Breakfast Tacos — Change Up Your Taco Tuesday!

Breakfast Tacos

You know what my favorite Tuesday is?

Taco Tuesday!

Seriously. It’s a legitimate kind of day. Well…at least if you’re in Southern California.

The other day while I was rummaging around my fridge checking out all of the random things I had in there, it came to me.

I love Tacos. I love Breakfast.

So why the heck have I never make Brekkie Tacos?

Two words. Brain Fart.

Oh no. Y’all are going to leave me now that I used the f-word in a food post.

Eek….. Sorry!

Breakfast Tacos

But in all seriousness gang…this is the real deal. If you’ve never made Breakfast Tacos before, get on it! And if you have been making them for years—why the heck didn’t you tell me to before?!

No recipe here but I will say that there are 4 MUSTS:

  • Tortillas –and while you’re at it…why not make these homemade Flour Tortillas? They are a game changer.
  • Taters’ –any type as long as they’re crispy and potato-licious! French fries, hashbrowns, or even these Crispy Oven Roasted Herb Potatoes would be rad.
  • Shalsha— or “salsa” if you’re not Cindy Brady. You can use some homemade Oven Roasted Tomato Salsa, that jarred salsa from New York city–or heck, just plain old hot sauce.
  • Fried Egg— the runnier the better. I’m talking crispy edges and an ooey-gooey center that makes it all seem just a bit sinful.

As for the pic’ above, I added some thinly sliced radish, diced yellow tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro and pickled red onions. So satisfying and so quick that you won’t have any excuse to not make it today.

HAPPY TACO TUESDAY PEEPS!

Vegetables/Vegetarian

Tacos de Papa {Crispy Potato Tacos}

Tacos de Papa

I have something spectacular for y’all to whip up for your Cinco de Mayo festivities tomorrow….

TACOS DE PAPA!!!!

Oh yes, you know you want it.

Crispy tacos filled with a spiced, cheesy-potato concoction and then topped with all kinds of perfect fixins’!

Tacos de Papa

Did you really expect anything less from this Potato-Monster?

I told you I love potatoes in all forms. And when you have a love for potatoes and an obsession with tacos, things like this are just bound to make its way into my kitchen.

Tacos de Papa

Though truthfully, the first time I tried Tacos de Papa, I wasn’t really a fan. It was a few years ago when I first moved to San Diego. I strolled into one of the nearby taquerias and saw a huge sign touting that they had the BEST Tacos de Papa around.

So of course, I had to order them.

Tacos de Papa

But when I took a bite….I was totally let down.

Essentially, it was just a taco filled with boiled potatoes with no spices. BLEH! How bland could you get? So naturally, I was hesitant to order them again.

Thankfully, I was at a small Mom and Pop spot a year or so later and saw a plateful of heaven being delivered to a table nearby. I was immediately struck by food envy and had to try it out.

Tacos de Papa

This time around, these Tacos de Papa were a whole different story. The filling were a cheesy, mashed potato with Latin spices. Now this was what I had hoped for the first time around.

And since then, I make them all of the time.

Tacos de Papa

They’re actually quite easy to make and can be topped with any of your favorite fixins’. You can even doctor up leftover mashed potatoes for a quick meal. Though, I don’t know about you, but I rarely ever have leftover mashed taters.

For extra credit, I like to fry up my own crispy taco shells. They tend to have a better texture with just a little bit of extra effort. Though, store-bought is just fine as well.

Tacos de Papa

Looking for other menu ideas to go along with Tacos de Papa for your Cinco de Mayo menu? How about:

Turkey and Peppers Tacos
Fish Tacos with Avocado-Slaw
Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Avocado Crema
Roasted Poblano Guacamole
Oven-Roasted Tomato Salsa
Fresh Corn Pico de Gallo
Tortillas de Harina
Blended Mango Margarita
Blood Orange Margarita

Have a Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Tacos de Papa {Crispy Potato Tacos}
Serves 2

Ingredients:

Avocado-Cabbage Slaw
1 cup ripe avocado, diced
¼ cup Mexican crema or sour cream
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
½ jalapeno pepper, finely diced and seeded
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ tablespoon agave or honey
kosher salt
pepper
2 cups shredded cabbage

Filling:
kosher salt
1 large Russett potato, washed, peeled, cubed
3-4 whole garlic cloves
1 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ cup Mexican crema or sour cream
¼ cup chopped scallions
2 heaping tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
black pepper

Other:
4 crispy taco shells (store bought or homemade)
½ cup diced tomatoes
¼ cup radishes, cut into matchsticks
2 heaping tablespoons Cotija cheese
¼ cup cilantro leaves
lime wedges
hot sauce or salsa of your choice
Prepare the Avocado-Cabbage Slaw. In a blender, puree the avocado, crema, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, lime juice and agave until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the cabbage with a few spoonfuls of the avocado puree until lightly coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Prepare the potato filling by bringing a medium sized pot of water to a boil. Add ½ tablespoon kosher salt, potatoes and garlic cloves. Lower the heat to medium. Boil the potatoes until they are tender—about 20 minutes. Drain the pot and add the cheese, spices, and crema. Using a potato masher, mash the items until they are smooth. Stir in the chopped scallions and cilantro. Season with additional salt and black pepper as needed. Set aside.

If you’re frying your own taco shells, pour vegetable oil into a deep pan until it is about ½ an inch deep. Heat the oil to medium Taking one tortilla at a time, fry on each side. Once it becomes golden, take tongs to fold the tortilla in half and hold it in place until it becomes crispy and takes on the shape of a taco. Fry until golden brown and drain on a plate covered with paper towels. Continue until all the shells have been made.

Assemble the tacos. Take one crispy shell and fill it with a quarter of the potato mash. Top with spoonfuls of the Avocado-Cabbage Slaw. Top with the tomatoes, radishes, cilantro and a sprinkle of the Cotija cheese. Continue until all the tacos have been assembled and serve with lime wedges, pico de gallo, hot sauce, etc.

Poultry

Turkey & Peppers Tacos – Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Turkey & Peppers Tacos

Well gang…y’all made it — HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!!!!

And as promised, I have one more little goodie to share with you that will definitely make some tummies quite happy today.

Turkey & Peppers Tacos

Turkey & Peppers Tacos!

Like my Portabello Mushroom Tacos, these little beauties are super quick to make and are darn right tasty. And if you’re not a fan of ground turkey, you can swap out the protein with ground chicken, pork, beef– or even ground tofurkey!

Turkey & Peppers Tacos

And just don’t stop with tacos. The filling works fantastic over nachos, tostadas, inside burritos or even inside lettuce wraps.

Because this gal likes versatility.

Turkey & Peppers Tacos

Here’s to a fantastically festive Cinco de Mayo — have a margarita (or 2 for me)!

Salud!

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Turkey & Peppers Tacos
Makes 8-10 Tacos

Ingredients:

 

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped red onions
2 small serrano peppers, seeds removed, finely minced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 pound ground turkey meat
¾ teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
¼ teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 scallions, chopped
2 cups diced bell peppers (I prefer red and orange peppers)
1 cup chopped cilantro leaves, more to garnish
8-10 small tortillas
1 cup crumbled Cotija cheese, or whatever cheeses you prefer
oven-roasted tomato salsa
lime wedges

 

In a large cast iron pan or large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes until they become translucent but not browned. Add in the minced serrano, garlic and sauté for an additional minute.

 

Add the turkey and use a wooden spoon to stir it around the pan while breaking it apart to a crumbled consistency. Cook the turkey until it is no long pink & begins to brown– approximately 5 minutes.

 

Stir in the cumin, chili powder, paprika, turmeric, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, garlic salt, kosher salt, black pepper and scallions. Cook for 1 minute and then add the diced bell peppers. Cook for an additional few minutes to allow the peppers to begin soften and the turkey to cook through.

 

Take the pan off the heat and fold in the cilantro leaves. Taste and adjust with additional kosher salt and black pepper as needed.

 

Warm the tortillas (in a skillet, over a open flame, or even in the microwave). Begin assembling the tacos by placing a few spoonfuls of the filling mixture in the center of each tortilla. Top each taco with some Cotija cheeses and chopped cilantro. Serve with salsa and lime wedges.

 

Vegetables/Vegetarian

Portabello Mushroom Tacos

Portabello Mushroom Tacos

Ok…so let’s recap.

For our Cinco de Mayo fiesta planning, we’ve covered dips, pickled onions, and margaritas. And now it’s time for tacos.

Tacos, oh tacos…..how glorious you are. Savory goodness topped with fresh veggies and citrus–all wrapped up in a tortilla. Frankly, I haven’t met a taco I didn’t like.

So handy….so delicious….so perfect.

With so many variations, you really can’t go wrong. And might I suggest a few options?

Fish Tacos with Avocado-Cabbage Slaw

Fish Tacos with Avocado-Cabbage Slaw

Fat Tire® Braised Carnitas

Fat Tire® Braised Carnitas Tacos & Chavelas

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Avocado Crema

Grilled Shrimp Tacos

And in case you’re looking for a vegetarian option, these Portabello Mushroom Tacos are the perfect thing for you. They’re hearty, flavorful and best of all–super quick to whip up. So instead of slaving in the kitchen during your Cinco de Mayo celebrations, you can make better use of your time such as sipping on margaritas with your loved ones.

But don’t fret folks, I’ve got one last fab dish for you that I’ll be sharing on Monday. Equally as delicious and fast to make….you’ll love it.

Happy Friday Folks!!!

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Portabello Mushroom Tacos
Makes 8-10 tacos

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped white onions
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, finely minced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1½ pounds portabello mushrooms, roughly chopped
¾ teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
¼ teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 scallions, chopped
1½ cups chopped cilantro leaves, more to garnish
8-10 small tortillas
1 cup shredded cheese (pepper jack, Monterey, cheddar- whatever you fancy)
pickled red onions
oven-roasted tomato salsa
lime wedges

In a large cast iron pan or large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 4-5 minutes until they become translucent but not browned. Add in the minced jalapeno and garlic and sauté for an additional minute.

Add the chopped mushrooms to the pan and sauté over the medium heat until they are softened and begin to brown. Stir in the cumin, chili powder, paprika, turmeric, red pepper flakes, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, garlic salt, kosher salt, black pepper and scallions. Cook for 1 minute and take the pan off the heat. Fold in the cilantro leaves. Taste and adjust with additional kosher salt and black pepper as needed.

Warm the tortillas (in a skillet, over a open flame, or even in the microwave). Begin assembling the tacos by placing a layer of the cheese on a tortilla and top with a few spoonfuls of the mushroom mixture. Top each taco with some picked red onions and cilantro. Serve with salsa and lime wedges.

*The dried spices in this recipe essentially make up the taco seasoning blend I keep on hand at home. However, if you want to make the dish even easier, substitute the dried spices for your preferred taco seasoning blend.

Seafood

Fish Tacos with Avocado-Cabbage Slaw

Fish Tacos with Avocado-Cabbage Slaw

I spent a good part of Saturday gallivanting around Old Town San Diego TAH-KEY-LA tasting with some fab friends. The beautiful California sun was shining and we were getting to know the lovely complexities of Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo.

But want to know my little secret? After all that “training” I still don’t know anything and will continue to judge different tequilas based on the following responses I give after tasting it –“Meh“, “ACKK!!”, or “MAKE IT A DOUBLE!”

Totally scientific.

But amidst all the tequila-shenanigans, I did get down on some delish Fish Tacos–a west coast treasure. And I am pretty much obsessed with all types of fish tacos— grilled, blackened, seared, and of course Baja style which is lightly beer battered then fried.

Fish Tacos with Avocado-Cabbage Slaw

This is one of the ways I prepare Fish Tacos when I’m a tad short on time and are in one of my über avocado moods. Which let’s be honest, is all the time.

I make a quick cabbage slaw with a creamy and slightly tangy avocado dressing and pile it on top of fish that has been marinated and broiled. Super crunchy, super bright, super tangy, and SUPER DELICIOSO!!

I may have overdone it with the “supers” but you get the drift. 🙂

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Fish Tacos with Avocado-Cabbage Slaw
Serves 2

Ingredients:

Tacos
½ pound firm white fish fillets, such as cod or tilapia
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 pinches ground cumin
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
kosher salt and pepper, to taste
4 flour or corn tortillas
1 cup chunky salsa
lime wedges

Avocado-Cabbage Slaw
1 cup ripe avocado, diced
¼ cup Mexican crema or sour cream
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
½ jalapeno pepper, finely diced and seeded
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ tablespoon agave or honey
kosher salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups shredded cabbage

In a shallow dish, coat the fish with garlic, lime zest, cilantro, red pepper flakes, cumin, and oil. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Allow to marinate for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.

In a blender, puree the avocado, crema, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, lime juice and agave until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the cabbage with a few spoonfuls of the avocado puree until lightly coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Preheat the oven broiler and arrange the marinated fish on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet a few inches away from the broiler, and broil the fish for 2-3 minutes on each side or until the fish becomes opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

Warm the tortillas. Divide the fish, salsa and slaw amongst the tortillas. Sprinkle each taco with the extra chopped cilantro and serve warm with lime wedges on the side.

Condiments/Sauces · Seafood

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Avocado Crema

Grilled Shrimp Tacos


San Diego is the land of fish and seafood tacos.

And since moving here, I’ve had my fair share of them. Deliciously fresh seafood combined with bright salsas and spice—- all wrapped up in flour or corn tortillas.

Perfection.

So it was high time that I share with you one my favorite (and easy) seafood tacos that I love to make—Grilled Shrimp Tacos.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos

To add even more oompf to these tacos, I made a Spicy Avocado Crema using Mexican Crema. Mexican Crema–or Crema Espesa is similar in flavor and consistency to Crème fraîche. Its natural cooling effect works wonders to balance spicy tones and is even more fantastic with the addition of the creamy avocados, cilantro, and jalapeno.

Fish would be just as fantastic in these tacos using the same marinade and method—however, if you do go this route, be sure to use a firmer fish that would hold up in the taco. I personally like the “bite” of texture that the shrimp give in these tacos but to each their own!

And in case you’re wondering, my suggested cocktail pairing for these killer tacos would be a Cadillac Margarita or an icy cold Mexican Beer with Lime & Salt. 🙂

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Avocado Crema  

Ingredients:

Spicy Avocado Crema:
1½ Cups Ripe Avocado, diced
½ Cup Mexican Crema (or Crème fraîche )
¼ Cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 Teaspoon Jalapeno Pepper, finely diced and seeded
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
Kosher Salt and Ground Pepper to taste

Shrimp:
1 Pound Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 Teaspoon Fresh Garlic, finely minced
1 Teaspoon Fresh Lime Zest
¼ Teaspoon Red Chili Flake
2 Pinches Cayenne Pepper
2 Pinches Ground Cumin
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
Kosher Salt

Serve with:
Tortillas
Fresh Corn Pico de Gallo
Fresh Cilantro Leaves
Lime Wedges

Prepare the Spicy Avocado Crema by combining all the ingredients in a food processor. Puree until thoroughly combined. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Prepare shrimp by combining all the ingredients in a large bowl and marinate for 10 minutes. If using an outdoor grill, skewer the shrimp on soaked bamboo sticks.  If using an indoor grill pan, heat over a medium-high flame. Grill shrimp for 1-2 minutes on each side until opaque. Remove from grill and place on a large platter.

Warm tortillas in a skillet. Assemble tacos by placing a layer of the Corn Pico de Gallo in a tortilla and top with the grilled shrimp. Drizzle the Spicy Avocado Crema over the top and sprinkle with cilantro. Enjoy!