Whether you are actually visiting Mexico City or looking for a quick weeknight dinner, Mexican street food is a tasty choice. In addition to being quick, tacos can be a healthy dinner. They are versatile and can be made out of fish, beef, veggies, eggs, pretty much anything. Therefore I have compiled some of my favorite street tacos recipes here along with some other eat streets recipes.
Street Tacos Recipes: Huevos Tacos
People is many Latin American countries often don’t eat much meat in their meals, but they do use eggs, beans, and vegetables.
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 Tbsp. chopped jalepeno
- cayenne pepper to taste
- vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 flour tortillas
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh salsa
- Cook first 3 ingredients in teaspoon of vegetable oil.
- While vegetables are cooking, beat eggs and cheese. Season with salt and pepper if you like.
- When veggies are soft, add egg mixture to the pan and cook until done.
- Then serve in warmed tortillas and top with fresh salsa.
Street Tacos Recipes: Veggie Tacos
- 1 cup chopped bell peppers
- 2 chopped zucchini
- 1 sliced onion
- packed cup of fresh spinach
- 15oz. can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 chopped jalepeno
- cup diced tomatoes
- 2 avocados
- cayenne pepper to taste
- shredded cheddar cheese
- flour tortillas
- Begin by cooking onions and peppers in a tbsp. of cooking oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. When they are softened add the zucchini.
- While the vegetables are cooking mash the avocadoes and mix in 1/4 cup of tomatoes, salt and cayenne pepper to taste.
- Once the vegetables are cooked, toss in the jalepeno and spinach. Cook until the spinach is wilted.
- After that mix in the beans and 3/4 cup of tomatoes. Then season with some salt and cayenne pepper.
- When everything is cooked, warm flour tortillas one at a time on both sides in a frying pan.
- To sum up, place vegetable mixture on tortilla and top with shredded cheese and mashed avocado mixture.
Street Tacos Recipes: Refried Bean with Cucumber Salsa
- 2 cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 chopped onion, plus more for topping
- cooking oil
- sliced jalepenos
- chopped cilantro to taste
- cayenne pepper
- spicy mayo
- Cook onion in a tbsp of cooking oil in a saucepan. Once the onion is opaque add in the beans. In addition you may add other seasonings such as garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, cayenne pepper, etc. I usually leave them plain because some family members prefer more bland food. On the other hand, those who like more spice can always add hot sauce, jalepeno etc.
- As the beans are cooking mash them with the back of a spoon. However, if the beans are too dry you may add a little water or broth. Cook for about half an hour stirring occasionally.
- To serve heat tortillas and spread with spicy mayo. This can either be store bought or you can mix up some mayonnaise with some hot sauce.
- Place a scoop of beans on the tortilla and top with onions, jalepenos, cilantro or whatever toppings you prefer.
Moreover, we made cucumber salsa to go with ours. You can also make this by chopping up 2 cucumbers, 1/4 cup diced onion, cilantro, a clove of garlic, salt, and a little lime juice.
Street Tacos Recipes: Chicken Quesadillas
Certainly the great thing about quesadillas is that you can really use anything you have lying around the house. I make these all the time for a last minute weeknight meal. I haven’t listed amounts of ingredients because they will vary depending on how many you want to make and which ingredients you are using.
- shredded rotisserie chicken ( my husband usually cooks 2 on his grill and we keep the shredded meat in the freezer until needed.
- shredded cheddar cheese (sliced pepperjack, mexican cheese, etc.)
- flour or corn tortillas
For the quesadillas pictured above we also added:
- cooked onions and peppers
- alfalfa sprouts
- To cook heat a frying pan to medium heat and spray with cooking spray.
- Then place a tortilla in the pan. If your tortillas are small and you pan is large you can make 2 at a time.
- After that sprinkle in your fillings. Most importantly, make sure to use enough cheese as this seals the quesadilla together. Then place another tortilla on top. Press down to spread filling evenly.
- When cheese is partially melted and bottom tortilla is stiff, flip and cook on the other side until browned.
- Once cooked remove from pan to a cutting surface and let cool for a few minutes before cutting with a pizza cutter.
Serve with whatever accompaniments you like such as hot sauce and sour cream. In addition, we had some leftover salsa and Tostitos cheese sauce we served with this, but you could use guacamole, pico de gallo, etc.
Additionally, quesadillas make a great party food that you can make ahead of time and just reheat in the oven as needed. Here are some affiliate links for some fancy Mexican serving ware to use at your next gathering:
Street Tacos Recipes: Arepas Mexican Style
While Arepas are traditionally Venezuelan or Columbian and are not technically tacos, we are including them here as they make a great street food.
- 2 cups fine ground cornmeal
- 1 tsp. salt
- 6 oz. warm water
- 4 oz milk
- grapeseed oil for cooking
- Pour water into a bowl Then add cornmeal and salt.
- Once that is mixed add in the milk. At this point you can mix it with your hands.
- Meanwhile heat a large pan over medium heat and cover the bottom with oil. Form dough into 8 balls and flatten each one with your hands.
- When oil is hot, fry 4 arepas at a time until browned on each side. I flip them several times during cooking to cook them evenly. Also, my stove gets very hot so I use medium heat and grapeseed oil to prevent burning. However, you may use regular cooking oil and turn the heat up a bit higher if your stove isn’t browning them enough. To sum up, you want them browned while also having them cooked all the way through.
- After that cool on a wire rack.
To serve the arepas, you can slice them in half and fill with your choice of fillings such as ham and cheese, sauteed veggies, or shredded pork.
If you are planning on making some of these foods for a party you will want to serve some Tequila drinks. Here are some affiliate links for useful items needed for serving Tequila:
Hope you get to experiment with these tasty treats. Drop me a line to let me know about any additional variations you try or improvements you make.
Also, for more fun why not take an on line cooking class. Airbnb offers Make Mexican Street Tacos with a Pro Chef.