If I asked you to name one food that is synonymous with Mexican cuisine, what would it be? Would you say this part of the pig or maybe this part? For me, it would have to be Tacos. Make that Tacos Dorados*.
They’re one of my favourites because they’re prepared fresh, loaded with vegetables and only take about 15 minutes to prepare, cook and serve. Having said that, I’ve never had them in Canada because I couldn’t find corn tortillas. That is until I recently discovered Dempsters Corn Tortillas!
No matter where we are in the world, we eat tortillas on a regular basis. Everything from Chicken Bacon Tortilla Pizza, to quick and healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes and of course my signature egg burrito. This time, I’ve decided to share my…
Authentic Mexican Tacos Dorados Recipe**
- 6 Dempsters Soft Corn Tortillas
- 1 400g can of Refried beans (or make your own)
- 1 220g of canned salsa (or make your own)
- 2 small cooked beets (grated)
- 2 medium carrots (grated)
- 4 medium plum tomatoes (finely chopped)
- 2 cups of grated (or finely sliced) cabbage or lettuce (or both!)
- Crema or Doble crema cheese (Mexican) or Feta cheese (Optional)
- Canola oil (or other oil)
- Briefly warm tortillas in the microwave or leave out on counter (if not already soft).
- Place 4 Tbsps (or 1/6 of the can) of refried beans along the centre of each taco and roll. Pin with a toothpick if it doesn't stay closed.
- Put about 1/2 inch of canola oil (or your preference) into a large frying pan (or fryer) and turn to high.
- When the oil starts to bubble, put all the tacos into the frying pan and turn down to medium.
- Turn the tacos 2 - 3 times ensuring it is fried all around. Approximately 5 minutes.
- Let drain on paper towel.
- Cut in half and serve 3 halves per Person.
- Garnish with salsa, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese.
- Serve immediately.
Note that I'm currently in Mexico so I had to use local tortillas which are about half the size of Dempsters Corn Tortillas. This recipe has been adjusted for you.
Put salsa (and cheese if available) on the taco first to "moisten" it.
Refried beans can be replaced with plain boiled potatoes that have been mashed.
Note that I pan fry my tacos because I don’t have a fryer. Have I mentioned before that I NEED A FRYER. I
went looking for one the other day and found a 3L Hamilton Beach one priced at 829MXN (we use a conversion of 10 to 1 so $83CDN). Some day perhaps…
The best part about this recipe and Tacos Dorados in general is that you can easily customize it to suit everyone’s tastes and it doesn’t increase the amount of time it takes to make and prepare. Everything can be cut up beforehand making a healthy and fresh meal in under 10 minutes.
Ever Had Mexican Tacos Dorados?
*Tacos Dorados can be translated as “Golden Tacos”.
** Each region has their own take on Tacos Dorados. This recipe is common in the state of Chiapas.
Disclosure: Journeys of The Zoo received compensation in exchange for sharing this recipe with you.