Hello friends of Paulina Cocina! Today we are going to share a recipe that comes straight from Mexico: Tacos Dorados. This way of preparing tacos allows us to enjoy their crunchiness, thanks to the wonderful power of frying that gives everything an extra flavor.
In this note, we are going to explore the world of golden tacos, learn about their history, their names and shapes, the secrets of their preparation and a step-by-step recipe to make golden taquitos in the comfort of your home.
About the golden tacos
Golden tacos, also called golden taquitos, or “flautas”, due to their particular shape, are a Mexican culinary gem. These delicious bites consist of corn tortillas filled with various ingredients, which are then rolled or folded and fried until they obtain that characteristic golden crisp. The magic of this recipe is in its contrast of textures: a crispy and golden exterior, which combines perfectly with a succulent and tasty filling.
They are generally served accompanied by garnishes such as guacamole, cream, lettuce and grated cheese, which adds even more flavor and moisture to this delicacy.
History and tradition of golden taquitos
Tacos dorados have deep roots in traditional Mexican cuisine. It is believed that its origin dates back to the street taquerias of Mexico City at the beginning of the 20th century.
These fast food stalls became popular places to enjoy these delicacies, which became famous for their taste and convenience. Over the years, golden taquitos have become an icon of Mexican food.
In Mexico, it is customary to enjoy these tacos as part of an informal meal or as a snack at family gatherings and festivities, since their shape allows them to be held comfortably with the hands.
Mexican golden tacos: variants and names
In different regions of Mexico, tacos dorados may have different names. In some parts of the country, they are called “flutes,” as we mentioned before, when they are rolled into that elongated shape. But they can also be closed in half, like quesadillas.
Elsewhere, they are known as “basket tacos” because they were traditionally sold from baskets on bicycles, a classic method of keeping them warm and crispy.
The variety of fillings for Mexican golden tacos is very wide. From the classic option of shredded chicken or shredded beef, to versions with ingredients such as potato, tinga, chorizo or pulled pork (barbecue).
How to make golden tacos and avoid them being watery?
Preparing the golden tacos recipe requires a little skill and patience.
- First, oil must be heated in a deep frying pan. Meanwhile, the corn tortillas are filled with the previously prepared mixture. If you can’t find corn tortillas, you can also make them with wheat tortillas.
- It is important that the filling is not hot, to prevent it from moistening the tortilla. They are then fried until golden and crispy.
- Another important tip To prevent the golden tacos from being watery, make sure they are well sealed before frying them.. This means that the edges must be well glued to prevent oil from seeping inside. Once fried, if not eaten right away, it is best to let them cool before storing in an airtight container.
How many golden tacos can there be in one order?
The number of golden tacos in an order may vary depending on where they are served and the size of the tortilla used.. In many taquerias, between three and five flautas are usually served per order.
However, on special occasions or in places that specialize in this appetizer, it is possible to find more generous orders that include up to ten or more golden taquitos. Everything will depend on the place where it is enjoyed.
The secret of cheese
Cheese is a key ingredient to enhance the flavor of tacos dorados. Grated cheese, such as cheddar cheese or Oaxaca cheese, is a popular option to accompany these delicious Mexican tacos.
The creamy texture of the cheese melts perfectly with the filling and adds a layer of extra flavor that makes the taquitos even more irresistible.
5 tips when preparing golden tacos
- Tortilla selection: Use fresh, flexible corn tortillas to prevent them from breaking when rolling. There are special oval tortillas for this type of tacos, but standard size tortillas can also be used.
- Careful sealing: When rolling the tacos, make sure the ends are well sealed to prevent them from opening during frying. Assemble them in advance so that the dough molds to the filling.
- Hot oil: Heat the oil to the right temperature before frying the tacos to achieve that perfect crispy brown.
- Sides: Serve the golden tacos with fresh garnishes such as lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and salsa for a complete experience.
- To store or transport from one place to another, let cool and then place in an airtight bag or container.
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Mexican golden tacos recipe
Yield: 4 portions
Preparation time: 45 minutes
- 12 corn tortillas
- 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 1 cup of grated cheese
- Garnishes of your choice: cream, guacamole, lettuce, onion, cilantro, lemon, etc.
How to make golden tacos step by step
- In a large frying pan, heat a little oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic and sauté until lightly browned.
- Add the shredded chicken to the pan and season with cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes until the chicken is heated through and the flavors have integrated.
- Meanwhile, heat plenty of oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat to fry the golden tacos.
- Fill each corn tortilla with about 2 tablespoons of the seasoned chicken mixture and a teaspoon of grated cheese if desired.
- Roll or fold the tortillas so that they are well sealed, making sure that the ends are well glued to prevent the oil from infiltrating the interior during frying.
- Once the oil is hot, place the golden tacos in the pan and fry them until golden and crispy, rotating so they cook evenly. Place them on absorbent paper to remove excess oil. Serve with the chosen garnishes.