All the products listed can be purchased at one of our location Juniors locations Junior’s Supermarket.
- 1 lb (450g) of thinly sliced beef steak (carne asada) or marinated pork (carnitas)
- 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh cilantro, chopped
- 8-10 small corn tortillas
- Salsa of your choice (salsa verde, salsa roja, or pico de gallo)
- Optional toppings: diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, avocado slices, sour cream, and crumbled queso fresco (fresh cheese)
- Prepare the Meat: If using beef steak, season it with salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and paprika. If using marinated pork, ensure it’s well seasoned. Let the meat marinate for at least 30 minutes for maximum flavor.
- Cook the Meat: In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil and sauté the chopped onions and minced garlic until they become translucent. Add the marinated meat and cook until it’s tender and slightly charred on the edges.
- Warm the Tortillas: Heat the corn tortillas in a dry skillet for about 20-30 seconds on each side or until they become pliable. Alternatively, you can wrap them in a clean, damp kitchen towel and warm them in the microwave for 30 seconds.
- Assemble the Tacos: Place a generous portion of the cooked meat onto each warm tortilla. Top it with fresh cilantro and any optional toppings you desire.
- Serve and Enjoy: Serve the traditional Mexican tacos with your choice of salsa on the side. Assemble the tacos to your liking, and don’t be afraid to get creative with the toppings!
The History of Tacos:
Tacos are one of Mexico’s most iconic dishes with a fascinating history that dates back centuries. The word “taco” is believed to have originated from the Nahuatl language, spoken by the indigenous people of Mexico. Tacos were first mentioned in the early 18th-century Spanish-Mexican dictionary, indicating that they have been a beloved part of Mexican cuisine for a long time.
Tacos were initially a street food, sold by vendors who filled tortillas with various fillings for a quick and convenient meal. As time passed, tacos evolved, and today, they come in countless varieties, each region of Mexico adding its unique twist to the classic dish.