Don't get us wrong, we can eat tacos al pastor all night long, and have done so on multiple occasions. But there's something extra special about trying new taco recipes made with surprising and delicious ingredients! In fact, this is one of the best things about tacos: there's something for everyone.
Looking for adventurous Latin-Asian Fusion? Check out Bahn Mi Tacos made with red pepper tortillas! Want to keep things light and bright? Go for a taco recipe with flor de Jamaica and sweet potato filling wrapped in butter lettuce leaves! Feeling fancy? Perhaps a Tuna Tartar Taco with red chili aioli and avocado crema will suit you! Whatever you're looking for, you'll find it in this list of 7 Surprising and Delicious Tacos!
Add some crunch to classic tacos with the addition of one buggy ingredient: crickets! The pork filling for these tacos is marinated in chile, garlic, and vinegar then slow cooked until tender, loaded on to warm tortillas, and topped with the star ingredient.
Chef Jose Mendin's Yellowtail Ceviche Taco recipe is an Asian-Fusion spin on classic fish tacos. The yellowtail marinates in an acidic mix of red wine vinegar, Schichimi Japanese spice blend, Yuzu juice, lime, and cilantro for half an hour. The fillets are then cooked, placed in fried Gyoza wrappers, and topped with shiso guacamole! Surprising and delicious, this Latin Asian combo will have you reaching for more!
Although not native to Mexico - their origin is contested between Africa and India - hibiscus flowers, also known as jamaica, arrived in colonial times and are now deeply integrated into Mexican cuisine. In these light tacos, the tart and bright flowers add an unexpected pop of flavor and color. They are mixed with roasted sweet potatoes and sautéed vegetables before being wrapped in a lettuce leaf "tortilla."
If you think this dish is only for the adventurous, think again! Roasted bone marrow is a highly prized dish throughout Mexico. Beef marrow can be compared to beef-flavored butter on a corn tortilla. A sprinkling of salt is all Tacos de Tuetano need, but you can go ahead and add a spoonful of salsa.
These Tuna Tartar Tacos are assembled free form on the plate, making them as fun to share as they are delicious to eat. Creamy avocado sauce made with piquillo and jalapeño peppers and a Sriracha mayonnaise sauce give the tartar a flavorful kick, while hints of soy sauce and sesame oil keep the dish light and bright.