Tacos are the most famous and popular of all Mexican dishes! Tortillas are the everyday bread of Mexican families, and that’s why just about everything goes into them, whether it’s a simple filling such as beans and fresh cheese or one of the regional twists on tacos you see across Mexico. Along with our signature taco recipes, our Guide to Tacos shares top tips for making tacos at home, what to serve with tacos, and the best taco toppings.
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At Gran Luchito tacos are a huge passion for us. There’s a bit of magic that comes from having a taco in hand. They can be simple or complex, but they are never formal or fussy, and they are perfect for sharing and letting loose with friends and family.
We have developed over 30 taco recipes, many of which are straight from the streets of Mexico, so you can learn just how easy it is to make these tasty delights at home. Here are some of our most popular taco recipes. Jump to all taco recipes.
With our Guide to Tacos we are sharing everything you need to know to make delicious tacos at home. Whether you like crunchy tacos or soft tacos, quick and easy or slow cooked fillings, we have tips and tricks to help you become a taco expert.
In our How To Make Tacos blog we answer all of your taco related questions including how to make the best crunchy and soft tacos at home, what are the best taco fillings, and just in case you want to bolster your taco IQ we give you the lowdown on what are tacos, where are tacos from, and more!
With tacos that can be crunchy or soft, filled with a variety of proteins or veggies and topped with salsa, guacamole, or a quick pickle, just what to serve with your tacos can be quite the quandary! Fear not, we have Mexican side dishes and pairing recommendations for tacos to ensure a delicious taco night.
Whether you fancy the best beef tacos, are looking for a quick taco recipe, or dreaming of tacos with fresh, grilled meats such as Carne Asada Tacos and Chicken Tacos, you have come to the right place! Or if slow cooked tacos are more your speed then we have homemade tacos such as Pork Pibil and Lamb Barbacoa Tacos. With these taco recipe ideas you will want to make every night taco night!
Use our Chipotle Lime Paste to marinate your prawns in this gorgeous Chipotle Prawn Tacos recipe! A super easy, smoky and zingy recipe that everyone will love.... See full recipe
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Our Favourite Taco Toppings
The bits you put on top of your taco wrap and filling are just as important! Our three favourite taco toppings that add loads of fresh flavour to tacos are:
Pico de Gallo which is a fresh, uncooked salsa. We like to make it with a mix of different tomatoes, diced raw onions, jalapeño chillies, lots of lime, chopped coriander and our secret ingredient Chipotle Fajita and Taco Mix for a moreish, smoky note.
Another favourite taco topping is Homemade Guacamole which adds a delicious, ruich and creamy note in addition to freshness. It’s way easier than you might think to make guacamole at home especially with our easy guac recipe.
Coleslaw might not have been the first thing that came to mind when it comes to topping your tacos but in Mexico fresh, crunchy cabbage salad is often used on top of tacos. It adds lots of texture and taste. Be sure to check our our Mexican Coleslaw recipe, it is tangy, smoky and irresistible!
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What is a taco?
A taco is the most traditional dish in Mexico. A taco consists of a tortilla wrapped around fillings and toppings. They are meant to be eaten with your hands and a meal will be made up of 3-4 tacos.
Are hard shell or soft tacos better?
The age old debate! We think all types of taco have their merits. There are those who love the uniqueness of crunch you get from hard shell tacos, others who support soft because it tends to hold together better and you can get more inside! It all depends on your priorities and it doesn't matter as long as the tacos taste good!
What do you put in a taco?
Just about anything! Tacos start with a shell, they can be hard or soft tortilla, a filling of meat, chicken, pork or veggies, then a topping of salsa and guacamole and finally garnish we like Serranos or Jalapeño and Pineapple.
What do you serve with tacos?
Chips and salsa are a great accompaniment to tacos or take it up a notch with a platter of cheesy nachos. Mexican rice and refried beans are also traditional side dishes.
How do you eat tacos?
With your hands! Tacos don't require sitting down at a table with a knife and fork.
Where did the taco come from?
There is some controversy over the origins of the word “taco.” We do know that the taco predates the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico. There is evidence that the Mayan people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate tacos filled with small fish. Jeffrey Pilcher (a taco expert) claims the word originated from the silver mines in Mexico around the 18th century. Apparently tacos referred to the paper inside little explosives that the workers used to extract the ore within the mines.