What do you put in a taco?
When tacos first started to be part of American meals, the ingredients didn’t vary greatly. In the 1970s, a taco usually consisted of seasoned ground beef placed in a crunchy V-shaped tortilla and topped with shredded iceberg lettuce, chopped tomatoes and shredded cheese. Since then, regional ingredients and cooking styles have snuck into taco recipes
, giving us dozens of variations to enjoy.
What's in a traditional taco?
Throughout Mexico, tacos come with a wide variety of tortillas, fillings and toppings. But generally, if you order Mexican-style tacos at a U.S. restaurant, you can expect to get a warm corn tortilla filled with your choice of meat and topped with chopped onions, fresh cilantro, a squeeze of lime, sliced radishes, grilled or pickled jalapeños, and a choice of salsa.
What other meats can I put in a taco?
The answer is a simple one: Almost anything. The seasoned ground beef mixture in this recipe is a popular option. Fish tacos
, once seen only in California, are now on almost every restaurant menu. Other popular options are short ribs
, shredded pork
, shredded chicken
and portobello mushrooms
Can you freeze taco meat?
Yes; this meat mixture freezes beautifully. Make a big batch and freeze individual portions in plastic bags to thaw on the fly. Research contributed by James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor, Culinary