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Barbacoa tacos.
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A taco (IPA: /ˈtɑːko/) is a traditional Mexican dish composed of a rolled, folded, pliable maize or wheat tortilla that can be filled with a wide variety of edible substances. The fact that a taco can be filled with practically any meat, vegetable, and cheese allows for great versatility and variety. A taco is generally eaten by hand; without the aid of utensils, and is often accompanied by a number of salsas and vegetables such as cilantro, onion, cabbage, tomato, or lettuce. Taco can refer to: Taco, a type of food associated with Mexico Taco Ockerse, a pop singer who had a hit with Puttin on the Ritz A vagina, slang The yellow stains on shirt armpits caused by perspiration and deodorant, slang A company that manufactures boiler components A software company... Tako may refer to: Japanese food: the Japanese word for octopus. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2591x1727, 2924 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Taco User:Comida Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2591x1727, 2924 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Taco User:Comida Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Wikibooks has a book on the topic of Cookbook:Barbacoa Barbacoa specialty market in Corpus Christi, Texas Barbacoa generally refers to meats or a whole sheep slow cooked over an open fire, or more traditionally, in a pit covered with leaves, although the interpretation is loose, and in the present... Not to be confused with Tex-Mex, which is often referred to as Mexican food in the U.S. Mexican food is a style of food that originated in Mexico. ... This article is about the maize plant. ... Species T. aestivum T. boeoticum T. dicoccoides T. dicoccon T. durum T. monococcum T. spelta T. sphaerococcum T. timopheevii References:   ITIS 42236 2002-09-22 Wheat Wheat For the indie rock group, see Wheat (band). ... This article is about the Mexican Tortilla. ... Note: This page or section contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. ... Binomial name Coriandrum sativum Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is an annual herb commonly used in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Indian, Latin American and Southeast Asian cooking. ... For other uses, see Onion (disambiguation). ... Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... For other uses, see Tomato (disambiguation). ... Binomial name L. Lettuce and chicory output in 2005 Vit. ...

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Etymology

According to the Real Academia Española, the word taco describes a typical Mexican dish composing of a maize tortilla filled with a food substance.[1] The Real Academia Española (Spanish for Royal Spanish Academy, RAE) is the institution responsible for regulating the Spanish language. ... This article is about the maize plant. ... This article is about the Mexican Tortilla. ...


Preparation

A traditional Mexican taco is normally served on a flat tortilla that has been warmed up on a comal; since the tortilla is still soft, it can be folded over or pinched together into a U-shape for convenient consumption. A comal is a griddle or grill typically used for cooking foods based on a tortilla, including quesadillas, a folded tortilla filled with cheese and/or meat heated on the comal, or even the Arabic saj. ...


Types

  • Asador or the grill in which the following is served: carne asada tacos, tacos de tripita or cow intestine tacos (cow intestines also grilled to a crispyness), chorizo asado (traditional Spanish style sausage on the grill); each served on two overlapped small tortillas made on the spot, guacamole, salsa, onions, and cilantro at the customer's request. Also on the grill a very popular sandwiched taco is served called mulita or little mule to which Oaxaca style cheese is added between two tortillas and the customer chooses any of the meats from the whole stand. The word "mulita" to describe these types of sandwiched tacos, is normally used in the Northern States of Mexico, whereas in the Southern States of Mexico it is known as a Gringa and is served using flour tortillas. Also, the taquero on the asador may prepare quesadillas adding any meat and using either corn or wheat tortillas. These are often very spicy.
Tacos de suadero (grey) and chorizo (red).
Tacos de suadero (grey) and chorizo (red).
  • De Cabeza or head tacos, in which there is a flat punctured metal plate from which steam comes out for the cooking of the following parts from the head of the cow: starting with plain Cabeza which is a serving of the muscles on the cow's head, cow's brains or Sesos, cow's tongue or Lengua, cow's cheeks or Cachete, cow's lips or Trompa, and cow's eye or Ojo; for these tacos the tortillas are warmed on the same steaming plate for a different consistency. These are served in pairs, and also include salsa, onion and cilantro. Guacamole is not standard but is optional.
  • De Cazo or deep boiler in which a big round metal bowl filled with lard is used for the cooking of the following meats, using a blow torch placed under the bowl: Tripa (the tripas cooked here are pig's instead of cow's and deep fried), Suadero (tender beef cuts deep fried), Carnitas and Buche (this type of taco is available in only a few taco stands, since it's a very popular dish in Mexico, and there are whole restaurants dedicated to the serving of this dish).
  • Al pastor/De Adobada or Shepherd style is made of thin pork steaks seasoned with adobo (a traditional Mexican seasoning) skewered and overlapped on one another to a sum of about 150 steaks as they're placed through a vertical rotisserie cooked by a flame as it spins (just like the meat prepared in Greek restaurants for gyros replacing the type of meat and seasonings) and it includes the same garnishes as the previous, also the traditional guacamole may be substituted by an avocado cream instead depending on the stand for this kind of tacos.

As an accompaniment to tacos, many taco stands will serve whole or sliced red radishes, lime slices, salt, pickled or grilled chilis (hot peppers), and occasionally cucumber slices, or grilled cambray onions. Carne asada tacos. ... Chorizo (in Spanish; IPA: [tʃoriθo] or [tʃoɹɪso]) or Chouriço (in Portuguese) is a term encompassing several types of pork sausage originating from the Iberian Peninsula. ... A staple of Mexican and Central American cuisine, a tortilla is a kind of unleavened bread, made from maize corn or wheat flour. ... Guacamole // Guacamole is an avocado-based relish or dip from the time of the Aztecs. ... Note: This page or section contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. ... For the parody newspaper, see The Onion. ... Binomial name Coriandrum sativum Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is an annual herb commonly used in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Indian, Latin American and Southeast Asian cooking. ... Oaxaca Cheese is a semi-hard cheese produced and known only in Mexico. ... Cheese is a solid food made from the milk of cows, goats, sheep, and other mammals. ... Meat is animal flesh (mainly muscle tissue) used as food, sometimes with the exception of fish, other seafood, and poultry. ... Gringo (feminine, gringa) is a term in the Spanish and Portuguese languages, with various related meanings, and often misunderstood by English speakers. ... A quesadilla is a tortilla folded over a cheese (often a Mexican-style soft farmers cheese such as Queso Fresco), cooked meat and/or bean filling, which is then fried, deep fried or toasted using a broiler, griddle, or open fire, and sometimes spiced with salsa. ... Binomial name L. Corn (Zea mays L. ssp. ... Species T. aestivum T. boeoticum T. dicoccoides T. dicoccon T. durum T. monococcum T. spelta T. sphaerococcum T. timopheevii References:   ITIS 42236 2002-09-22 Wheat Wheat For the indie rock group, see Wheat (band). ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 798 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2832 × 2128 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 798 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2832 × 2128 pixels, file size: 1. ... Cabeza is a Spanish language word meaning literally head, used in Mexico to describe the meat from a roasted head of a cow, served in a taco or burrito. ... Cabeza is a Spanish language word meaning literally head, used in Mexico to describe the meat from a roasted head of a cow, served in a taco or burrito. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Brains has several meanings. ... Beef brains and calf or veal (juvenile beef) brains are used in certain types of ethnic cooking, such as French cuisine and Mexican cuisine (known as sesos in Spanish), often seen in tacos and burritos. ... For other uses, see Tongue (disambiguation). ... ... Ojo may refer to: an Oz book series character. ... A staple of Mexican and Central American cuisine, a tortilla is a kind of unleavened bread, made from maize corn or wheat flour. ... For other uses, see Onion (disambiguation). ... Binomial name Coriandrum sativum Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is an annual herb commonly used in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Indian, Latin American and Southeast Asian cooking. ... Guacamole // Guacamole is an avocado-based relish or dip from the time of the Aztecs. ... Suadero, in Mexican cuisine, is a thin cut of beef from the meat that hangs from the breast bone on a cow. ... Carnitas (from the Spanish for little meats) is a type of braised or roasted (often after first being boiled) pork in Mexican cuisine. ... Al pastor meat, is a type of dish similar to the turkish pork in a stake, or the grecian pytas, it is marinated with a blend of diferent spices and gravy, and it has a red colour. ... Adobada, literally Spanish for marinated, is a dish common in Salvadoran cuisine similar to tacos. ... Chicken Adobo. ... This article is about the food dish. ... Binomial name Mill. ... bunch of radishes The radish (Raphanus sativus) is a root vegetable of the Cruciferae family. ... Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... For other uses, see Chili. ... This article is about the fruit. ...

  • In the variant known as the taco dorado (fried taco), flauta (flute in English, because of the shape), or taquito, the tortilla is filled with pre-cooked shredded chicken, beef or barbacoa, rolled into an elongated cylinder and deep-fried until crisp. They are sometimes cooked in a microwave oven or broiled.
  • Fish tacos originated in Baja California in Mexico[citation needed], where they consist of grilled or fried fish, lettuce or cabbage, pico de gallo, and a sour cream or citrus/mayonnaise sauce, all placed on top of a corn or flour tortilla. In the United States, they remain most popular in California and Colorado.[citation needed] In California, they are often found at street vendors, and a regional variation is to serve them with cabbage and coleslaw dressing on top.

For other uses, see Flute (disambiguation). ... One of many brands of taquitos which can be found in the frozen food section of a typical American grocery store. ... Wikibooks has a book on the topic of Cookbook:Barbacoa Barbacoa specialty market in Corpus Christi, Texas Barbacoa generally refers to meats or a whole sheep slow cooked over an open fire, or more traditionally, in a pit covered with leaves, although the interpretation is loose, and in the present... Microwave oven A microwave oven, or microwave, is a kitchen appliance employing microwave radiation primarily to cook or heat food. ... Wikibooks Cookbook has an article on Broiling Broiling (exclusive to American English) or grilling (elsewhere in the English speaking world) is a process of cooking food with high heat with the heat applied directly to the food, most commonly from above. ... Location within Mexico Municipalities of Baja California Country Capital Municipalities 5 Largest City Tijuana Government  - Governor José Guadalupe Osuna Millán (PAN)  - Federal Deputies PAN: 8  - Federal Senators Alejandro González (PAN) Rafael Díaz (PAN) Fernando Castro (PRI) Area Ranked 12th  - Total 69,921 km² (26,996. ... Pico de gallo Pico de gallo (Spanish for roosters beak) is the term generally referring to a fresh condiment made from chopped tomato, onion, and chiles (typically serranos or jalapeños). ...

In the United States and Canada

Hard-shell taco
Hard-shell taco

Various styles of taco have become popular in the United States and Canada. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (2700 × 1800 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (2700 × 1800 pixels, file size: 1. ...


The most common is the hard-shell version (unknown in Mexico), sold by fast food chains such as Taco Bell, Taco Del Mar, Mighty Taco, Taco Cabana, Taco Bueno, Del Taco, Taco Casa or Taco John's. Even non-Mexican oriented fast food restaurants such as Burger King and Jack in the Box have sold tacos. These tacos are usually filled with seasoned ground beef, cheese, lettuce and sometimes tomato or sour cream. Fast food is food prepared and served quickly at a fast-food restaurant or shop at low cost. ... Taco Bell Corp. ... Taco del Mar is a Seattle, Washington based Fresh Mex restaurant chain that specializes in San Francisco burritos. ... Mighty Taco is a Mexican fast-food restaurant chain in the Buffalo, New York area. ... Taco Cabana is a US-based fast food restaurant chain specializing in Mexican food. ... Taco Bueno is a U.S.-based fast food restaurant chain that specializes in Mexican food. ... Del Taco is a chain of North American fast-food restaurants specializing in Mexican-style offerings as well as American foods such as burgers, fries and shakes. ... Taco Johns is a Cheyenne, Wyoming based fast-food restaurant featuring Mexican fast-food (which the chain calls West-Mex). The chain was founded in 1969 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and currently has more than 400 Taco John’s restaurants in 24 states. ... Fast food is food prepared and served quickly at a fast-food restaurant or shop at low cost. ... Burger King (NYSE: BKC), often abbreviated to BK, is a global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants. ... A jack-in-the-box is a childrens toy that outwardly consists of a box with a crank. ...


The soft taco are tacos made with flour tortillas, filled with the same ingredients as a hard taco..


Taco kits are available at grocery and convenient stores and usually consist of taco shells (corn tortillas already fried in a U-shape), cheese sauce, seasoning mix and taco sauce. Commercial vendors for the home market also market soft taco kits with tortillas instead of taco shells.


The breakfast taco, found in Tex-Mex cuisine, is filled with eggs and a combination of potatoes, sausage, cheese or bacon.


California

Another style, also different from the original Mexican taco, is handed down by the Mexican population of old California. It is a gourmet affair, consisting of an over-sized fried corn tortilla (not a hard shell) with fillings as described above, with variations such as shredded pork, chicken or beef. Often, the taco itself is deep-fried so that the shell molds itself around the meat filling. Most California supermarkets sell large corn tortillas for this purpose. These tacos are rare outside of the Southwest U.S. More often, Mexican restaurateurs tend to serve Mexican tacos, or emulate the hard-shelled taco. This article is about the Mexican Tortilla. ...


See also

Look up Taco in
Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ... A huitlacoche quesadilla. ... Tostada is a Spanish word translating to toasted in English and, in Mexican cuisine, refers to a flat tortilla that is toasted or deep fried. ... Mixed beef and chicken fajita ingredients, served on a hot iron skillet. ... Nacho redirects here. ... An example of taco rice. ... The taco salad is a delicious mexican inspired dish whereby the classic taco taste is enjoyed in an alternate form. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Definition: Taco. Real Academia Española. Retrieved on 2008-06-13.
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Taco - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (823 words)
A taco is a traditional Mexican dish comprised of a rolled or folded, pliable maize tortilla filled with an edible substance, while meat (generally grilled beef, picadillo, fish, chicken or pork) is most common, there are numerous regional and personal variations on the theme of taco fillings, including vegetables, cheeses, fungus, seafood, or even insects.
In the variant known as the taco dorado (fried taco), flauta (Flute in English, because of the shape), or taquitos, the tortilla is filled with pre-cooked chicken or barbacoa, rolled into a cylinder and deep-fried until crisp.
The authentic Mexican taco is not to be confused with the traditional California taco handed down by the Mexican population of old California.
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