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4 Wickedly Delicious Types of Tacos to Cook for Dinner

There are so many delicious types of tacos, and they are universally loved for their flavor and versatility. Tacos can be made out of pretty much any ingredients that a person has on hand. When preparing tacos, the home kitchen can be transformed into a traditional street taco vendor’s domain or the kitchen of an upscale gourmet restaurant.

So many different types of tacos exist because tacos are more of an idea than a recipe. There is a basic formula: start with a shell, hard or soft. Fill with a protein, then add toppings and sauce. We have compiled a list of tacos that you can make at home without any special equipment or hard-to-get ingredients.

Our Top Four Types of Tacos

Easy Pork Carnitas Tacos

Carnitas are a traditional dish made from pork shoulder. While it is one of the most popular types of Mexican tacos, the meat is delicious in its own right and can be eaten by itself or on a torta. Traditionally the “Hierbas de Olor” (herbs that smell) are kept inside a cloth bag so that the meat absorbs the flavor.

As the popularity of carnitas has spread across Mexico and the world, different variations in spice and preparation have emerged from different regions. Our recipe uses citrus. Carnitas made with citrus is a signature dish from the Yucatan peninsula, making this a delicious South Mexican taco that is easy to prepare.

Our Wicked Tasty Taco Barbacoa simmer sauce is a perfect match for tacos made from pork, beef, or any red meat.

Ingredients

Steps

  1. Add the garlic and onion to the bottom of a crockpot.
  2. Whisk together the spices and herbs, salt, and pepper. Coat the pork shoulder with the mixture and pat it on the surface.
  3. Add the seasoned pork to the crockpot.
  4. Pour the citrus juices, broth, and hot pepper sauce over the pork and top with salsa. Cook on the standard-setting for 4 hours.
  5. Remove the pork and place it on a cutting board to shred. Add the shredded pork back to the crockpot and heat through before serving in corn tortillas and topping with sour cream, salsa, and cilantro.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos with Avocado Crema

The pairing of cilantro and lime juices to create a light, herby flavor can be traced back to the Mayans. Modern types of tacos with cilantro lime chicken gained popularity in California as health-conscious modern foodies looked to find healthy types of Mexican tacos that made up in flavor what they lacked in calories.

This recipe blends the powerful flavors of cilantro and lime with the subtleties of bone broth. The recipe slow cooks all day long, is shredded, and then topped with an easy crema made with avocado and lime that adds a burst of freshness to the taco. This taco pairs well with our Wicked Tasty Taco Original Sauce—just add it to the meat and top with the avocado crema.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ C. yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp. oregano
  • ½ tsp. thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 ½ lbs. chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 2 tsp. Kitchen Accomplice Chicken Broth Concentrate or 4 tsp. Kitchen Accomplice Organic Chicken Bone Broth Concentrate, diluted with 1 C. Water
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ½ C. fire-roasted tomatoes, chopped and canned
  • 1/4 C. cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 8 small corn tortillas
  • Avocado crema (see recipe below)
  • Pineapple salsa and fresh cilantro for garnish

Avocado Crema:

  • 2 avocados
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • ½ C. yogurt
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Steps

  1. Lightly sauté onions and garlic over medium heat until tender. Add oregano, thyme, chili pepper, and sauté for 1–2 minutes more until it is fragrant.
  2. Add the sautéed mixture to a slow cooker and lay the chicken breasts on top. Pour the diluted chicken broth concentrate, vinegar, and tomatoes over the chicken.
  3. Slow-cook the taco filling for 2–4 hours.
  4. Transfer the chicken breasts to a large bowl to shred.
  5. Return the chicken to the slow cooker with the cilantro and lime juice, and combine.
  6. Assemble the tacos in tortillas with filling and avocado crema. Garnish with pineapple salsa and fresh cilantro.
  7. For the avocado crema, place all ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender. Pulse until the sauce becomes creamy. Check for seasoning and correct, if needed.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Chipotle Chicken Tacos

A Chipotle pepper is a smoked, dried jalapeno pepper. Whether the pepper is dried and crushed into chipotle powder or canned with adobo sauce, the flavor is unique and intense.

Kitchen Accomplice has harnessed these flavors to create our Wicked Tasty Taco Chipotle sauce. The sauce transforms many different types of tacos, adding smoke and heat.

These Chipotle Chicken Tacos are slow-cooked using our chipotle sauce, and at the end of the day, these flavorful tacos will practically melt in your mouth, leaving you with a slightly smoky aftertaste.

Ingredients

Steps

  • Over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil. Add oregano, cumin, cilantro, and chili powder and continue to sauté for 1–2 minutes more.
  • Pour the mixture into a slow cooker and place the chicken breasts on top. Add the diluted chicken broth concentrate, Wicked Tasty Chipotle sauce, bay leaf, and crushed tomatoes over the chicken.
  • Slow-cook for 2-4 hours.
  • Remove chicken breast and shred with your fingers or forks.
  • Assemble the tacos in tortillas with filling.

Carne Asada Street Tacos

The carne asada street taco is where it all started. Centuries ago, in central Mexico, someone wrapped their meat in a tortilla. Street vendors began to sell these tacos, and the practice spread all over Mexico and then to the United States. Since then, tacos have become an international staple.

Carne asada refers to marinated beef, slow-cooked to tenderness or seared over a fire. Our recipe combines delicious traditional Mexican herbs and spices with pan-seared carne asada and our Wicked Tasty Taco Carne Asada Sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ skirt steak, cut into small pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. onion salt
  • ¼ C. cilantro
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 package of Kitchen Accomplice Wicked Tasty Taco Carne Asada Sauce
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 12 mini corn tortillas
  • ¾ C. of diced red onions and fresh cilantro for garnish

Steps

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine Wicked Tasty Taco Carne Asada sauce, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin, oregano, pepper, and cilantro.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mixture with steak and marinate in the refrigerator for 1–4 hours.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and steak with the marinade. Stir often until the meat is browned and the marinade is reduced. This should take about 4–6 minutes.
  4. Portion into tortillas and top with red onions and cilantro.

Spice Up Every Type of Taco

More than Gourmet’s Kitchen Accomplice brand was created with the same mission as our gourmet sauces and demi-glaces: to bring authentic flavors into the kitchen without the need for special equipment or culinary training.

Our Wicked Tasty Taco Sauces instantly add authentic Mexican flavors to any dish. As with our More than Gourmet sauces, we follow traditional authentic recipes to bring restaurant-quality flavors into the home. Stock your pantry with these sauces, and you can make different types of Mexican tacos any weeknight without fuss or mess.

Visit the Kitchen Accomplice store to have delicious sauces conveniently delivered right to your door, or visit our store locator to find our products at a store near you. Your taste buds will thank you.

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