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Authentic Mexican Tacos

Tacos a beloved dish in Mexican cuisine, known for their delicious combination of flavors and textures. Whether you prefer soft or crispy tortillas, these tacos are perfect for any occasion. In this recipe, we will guide you through the steps to create authentic Mexican tacos that will transport your taste buds to the streets of Mexico. So, let's gather the ingredients and get cooking!

Authentic Mexican Tacos


For the filling:

- 1 lb (450g) of your choice of meat (beef, chicken, or pork), thinly sliced or shredded

- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

- 1 medium onion, finely chopped

- 2 cloves of garlic, minced

- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin

- 1 teaspoon of chili powder

- 1 teaspoon of paprika

- Salt and pepper to taste

For the taco shells:

- 12 corn tortillas

- Vegetable oil for frying (if making crispy tacos)

For the toppings:

- 1 cup of fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

- 1 cup of diced tomatoes

- 1 cup of finely shredded lettuce

- 1 cup of crumbled queso fresco (Mexican cheese)

- Lime wedges for serving


1. Prepare the filling:

- In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.

- Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent.

- Add the thinly sliced or shredded meat to the skillet and cook until browned.

- Sprinkle the cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper over the meat, stirring well to coat evenly.

- Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let the meat simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until cooked through and tender.

- Remove from heat and set aside.

2. Prepare the taco shells:

- If using soft tortillas, warm them on a dry skillet or in the oven until pliable.

- If making crispy tacos, heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or deep fryer to 350°F (175°C).

- Gently fold each tortilla in half, forming a taco shape.

- For crispy tacos, carefully place folded tortillas into the hot oil and fry until golden and crispy, about 1-2 minutes per side.

- Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels.

3. Assemble the tacos:

- Fill each tortilla with a generous amount of the prepared meat filling.

- Top with chopped cilantro, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and crumbled queso fresco.

- Squeeze a lime wedge over each taco to add a burst of citrus flavor.

4. Serve and enjoy:

- Arrange the tacos on a platter and serve immediately, allowing everyone to customize their toppings according to their preferences.

- Accompany the tacos with additional lime wedges and your choice of Mexican salsa or hot sauce.

- Enjoy these delicious, authentic Mexican tacos with family and friends!

Note: Feel free to experiment with additional toppings such as sliced avocados, pickled onions, or sour cream to enhance the flavor and texture of your tacos.


These authentic Mexican tacos are a true delight for any taco lover. The tender and flavorful meat, combined with the fresh toppings, creates a symphony of flavors in every bite. Whether you choose soft or crispy tortillas, these tacos will undoubtedly transport you to the vibrant streets of Mexico. So, gather your ingredients, follow the steps, and savor the taste of authenticity in every mouthwatering taco

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