We’re in the full swing of the holidays! Thanksgiving dinner is under our belt and Noche Buena and Christmas morning is in our sights. The tree is up, the lights are twinkling, the garland is strewn, and we’re headed back into the kitchen to cook up dish after dish of delicious classics.
With friends and family stopping by for a brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails, to drop off a gift, or to merely spread holiday cheer, we’ve got to be prepared. To keep us inspired, we’re putting a TLK twist on the classic song 12 Days of Christmas. You know the one with 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping...all the way down to the partridge in the pear tree!
For the next 12 days, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite Latin recipes, and counting down to our scrumptious number one: a coquito para beber! Because while we all might enjoy the drumming of twelve drummers, we might enjoy 12 tasty tacos just a little bit more.
So stay tuned, sing along (really!), and get cooking. We present to you TLK's very own 12 Days of Christmas.
These Egg Tacos with Cactus are a great morning dish. They're also a fantastic way to introduce your friends to nopalitos, a classic Latin vegetable that is similar in taste to green beans and is packed with vitamin C, fiber, calcium, beta-carotene, and magnesium. Add a few chopped Serrano chiles to the mix and you will have all the energy you need for a full day of activity.
When the holidays come around, it's hard to find a dish that satisfies the whole family's dietary needs and tastebuds. Big dinners get tricky to say the least. But these rajas, hearty strips of roasted chiles, make excellent vegetarian tacos that will please even the most die-hard of carnivores. Serve them up with big pots of rice and a buffet table loaded with toppings. Guests can bring the cocktails.
These fish tacos are perfect for holiday cocktail parties. A fresh and salty small bite, a little bit of your favorite fish fillet goes a long way. Set out a taco bar next to the bar and let your guests make their own fish tacos, doused with lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, chiles, and cilantro.
What better dish to represent Mexico than the so-popular taco? For this recipe, shredded brisket is served on warm tortillas and finished with your favorite toppings. Best of all, the brisket is cooked in a slow cooker, which means you're free to enjoy yourself while dinner cooks itself.
Cook up the traditional flavors of Latin America at home with Picadillo Tacos. Nothing says "felicidades" like a blend of golden raisins, stuffed olives, sweet red peppers, onion, and ground pork. Stuffed into crispy corn tacos for a crunchy, sweet, salty, and juicy treat, these tacos are easy to make, easy on the wallet, and easy to scale up if you find a large crowd gathered around your holiday table.
Yes, oysters! But don't worry, your budget for holiday presents will go untouched. Save your wallet and impress your guests by cooking up some Oyster Tacos instead of spending a small fortune at a nice seafood restaurant. Quick prep and ready ingredients make these great for intimate cocktail parties. Serve your Oyster Tacos with some Easy Salsa de Chile Chipotle and tell your friends to bring a good bottle of tequila for a fun and lighthearted night in.
Who says you can't have chorizo, churrasco, and chicharrones in one taco? The holidays are about enjoying the good things in life with the people you love! Tacos Bamba from Chef Victor Albisu's taco stand in Falls Church, Virginia combine the flavors of a traditional carne asada taco (or grilled steak) and chorizo taco. Grilled guacamole, pickled red onions, cotija cheese, and pork rinds round out the dish.
Celebrate the holidays West Coast style with these crunchy tacos de pescado. These Baja-style tilapia tacos take you right to the California coast and are perfect for a small party. Pair with Baja wines to round out your menu and ask guests to bring their favorite toppings. It's a taco party meets holiday potluck!
Get festive and deck out your food in holiday colors! These tacos use achiote, a spice blend native to the Mayan and Yucatan communities in Mexico, to give the shrimp and snapper a bright red color that puts poor Rudolph's nose to shame. Made with spices, orange, lime, and annatto seeds and topped with an avocado and tomatillo salsa, these tacos are sure to please!
The holidays are all about bringing together unlikely groups of friends and families for one cheerful night. And these tacos embody that spirit, bringing together a Korean BBQ style marinade and Mexican ingredients. The chicken is marinated overnight and grilled (with a cocktail in hand) then wrapped in warm tortillas. Buen provecho.
Though we love our pernil, traditional Latin holiday dishes can be a little on the heavy side. Lighten up your table with vegetarian mushroom tacos. Made with chile, herbs, and even a touch of butter, these honguitos have all the flavor of your usual tacos with significantly less calories.
Thank your family for helping you make all those tamales with a meal of taquitos arabicos. This spin on classic tacos uses homemade tortillas flavored with bacon fat and stuffs them with pickled cucumber, a creamy yogurt sauce, spicy harissa, and slices of seared venison. Make extras of the tortillas and freeze them. You can set out a breakfast taco buffet for your guests in the morning.