Meet Tex Mex’s cousin the Mexican Street Taco, typically two smaller corn tortillas layered on top of each other which allows you to eat with one hand if needed, filled with your favorite meat and chopped vegetables. My personal favorites are fish or steak street tacos.
What you will need for Beef Mexican Street Tacos
Beef Mexican Street Taco ingredients:
Flank steak or other cuts of beef of your choosing, a homemade marinade, sliced avocado, chopped onion, diced garlic, fresh sliced chili if desired, with your favorite spices are basic ingredients for street tacos. Your choice of flour or corn tortillas, layered on top of each other to cradle your favorite fixins’ topped with sliced avocado and lime juice.
History of Texas Street Food
The word taco comes from the Nahuatl word ‘tlahco’ which means “half or in the middle”, referring to the way it is formed. Street tacos were thought to have first been sold on the streets of Mexico by vendors and made their way to the US with the influx of Mexican immigrants in the 19th century. In San Antonio, the Chili Queens and their street food became well known in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
You cannot have a taco without a tortilla. The Mayans were hunters and gatherers. Corn was a staple of the Mayans and it is thought to be where corn tortillas originated. Mayans would eat corn tortillas with bean paste. Read more about Mexican food history here.
Street Taco Variations and Toppings
Street tacos recipe beef (ground beef) or street taco marinade chicken can be substituted for the meat if preferred. Substitute ground beef (without marinade) for flank steak or marinaded chicken in equal amounts for these variations.
Authentic Mexican street tacos are typically served with meat, onions, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. However, some popular street taco toppings you may want to try, are guacamole, sliced avocado, crema (or sour cream), chopped tomatoes, jalapeños, and hot sauce.
You might also try chipotle sauce, ranch dressing, sweet coleslaw relish thinly sliced, black beans, grilled vegetables, and pico de gallo. A popular topping is salsa verde or you could try other flavored salsas such as pineapple salsa.
Street Taco vs Taco
So what is the difference between street tacos and other tacos? Mexican street tacos are designed to eat with one hand which requires a double layer of corn tacos for each street taco. Regular tacos are made with only one tortilla and can be corn or flour. Hard tacos of course use a pre-cooked hard taco shell that is commonly found in most grocery stores.
Mexican street taco tortillas are smaller corn tortillas as opposed to large corn tortillas. Since street tacos are designed to eat with one hand, too many toppings can prevent you from doing this. Although, you can certainly top your taco off with whatever you can handle easily. As we have already said, an Authentic Mexican Street taco has minimal toppings. However, it is really a matter of taste and you are the master of your street taco.
Street taco calories generally range between 180 and 300 calories depending on what you have it stuffed with. If you are doing an authentic Mexican street taco with only onion, cilantro and lime then it will be in the smaller end of that range.
Street taco and Beer
In Mexico, a cold Cerveza served with lime is offered as your drink of choice with a Mexican street taco. Four street tacos with a beer in Mexico cost approximately 110 pesos or just under $7 dollars in US monies. In America, a Mexican lager would be your best choice to have with tacos of any kind.
In Mexico, a street taco and beer are the standard offerings. Patio cafes are plentiful with seating. You cannot walk around Mexico with an open container of beer or other alcoholic beverages, however, restaurants are allowed to serve beer 24 hours a day.
Flank steak or other cuts of beef of your choosing, a homemade marinade, sliced avocado, chopped onion, diced garlic, and fresh sliced chili if desired, with your favorite spices are basic ingredients for street tacos. Your choice of flour or corn tortillas, layered on top of each other to cradle your favorite fixins’ topped with sliced avocado and lime juice.
Slice your beef into very thin strips and place in a marinade of avocado oil, citrus juices, garlic, and your favorite spices for 1-2 hours. You may grill on the barbecue pit but I prefer to sizzle mine in a hot cast iron skillet. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes turning once. Heat tortillas, fill, and enjoy your Mexican street taco today!
What you will need to prepare our Mexican Steak Street Tacos.
Flank steak or other cuts of beef, sliced avocado, chopped onion, diced garlic, fresh sliced chili, green onions, orange, and lime. Your choice of flour or corn tortillas. Red or green chili powder if desired.
Carne Asada Street Tacos
These carne asada street tacos are tasty and filling. There is absolutely no end to the variations of street tacos. These tacos are equally good with chicken, fish, or chorizo bean and chorizo potato fillings! This Mexican street taco recipe is sure to please. Let us know what your favorites are.
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Mexican Street Taco
- 1 cutting board
- 1 bowl
- 1 skillet cast iron recommended
- 1 ½ – 2 pounds flank steak sliced in thin strips
- 1 – 2 packages small corn or flour tortillas
- 4 cloves garlic,minced
- 1 jalapeño or other pepper, seeded and diced
- ½ medium onion, chopped
- ¼ cup avocado oil may substitute with corn oil
- ½ of the minced garlic
- ½ fresh orange, squeezed
- ½ fresh lime, squeezed
- ½ tsp red or green chili powder if desired
- 1 – 2 sliced avocado
- lime slices for topping off
- 2 – 3 green onion, chopped
- Prepare meat by slicing into thin slices for marinading.
- Mix together one-half of the minced garlic, avocado oil, orange juice, lime juice, and desired spices.
- Place in a shallow dish, add meat, and allow to marinate 1 to 2 hours (longer if using tougher cuts of meat).
- While meat marinates prepare toppings of your choice including lime slices for topping off.
- Remove meat from marinade and sear in a hot heavy pan for 5 to 7 minutes with peppers, half of the minced garlic, and chopped onion, turning once.
- Serve with warm corn or flour tortillas and your favorite toppings. A squeeze of lime on top and enjoy!
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as a courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.
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Mexican street tacos are small, hand-held tacos typically served on two small corn or flour-based tortillas. They are usually filled with a variety of fillings, ranging from meat and vegetables to seafood, cheese, and even fruits. They are usually rooted in traditional Mexican cooking techniques and recipes that have been passed down for generations.
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