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Apr 14, 2013 08:29 PM

Taco fillings

I am having a fun easy taco night with my friends - and am needing some fun ideas - for filling and salsas. Ideas so far - all the regular stuff - ground meat, rotisserie chx, carnitas, beans, cilantro lime rice, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, tomatillo slasa, mango jicama red onion salsa, and calabacitas (sauteed squash).

What are your favorite fillings? And we are using hard corn tortilla shells (majority rule).

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  1. Mexican chorizo and potato is one of my favorites. Not sure I'd like them in hard shells though.

    1. My two addictions (meaning I can't go more than a week or two without):

      Ensenada-style -- shrimp or fish most commonly, battered and fried. Combine with shredded cabbage and a creamy salsa. Lime wedges are especially obligatory here.

      Cochinita pibil -- a type of shredded pork. Serve with pickled red onions and habanero salsa if you want the full authentic experience.

      I especially wouldn't use hard shells for the first though. Anything but a soft tortilla would ruin the texture. Why not have tortillas on hand too?

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      1. re: Soul Vole

        there is a place by me that does fish tacos in fresh fried hard shells and they are delicious...give it a try!

        1. Kimchi on anything.

          Egg salad.

          Mango salsa. Especially with shredded pork.

          If you have a surfeit of those hard shells, And They Are Good, salted caramel vanilla ice cream.

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          1. re: Kris in Beijing

            Kimchi and crispy pork belly is the greatest soft taco filling ever. And I love the idea of filling a hard shell with ice cream. Brilliant!

            1. re: biondanonima

              A lot of sorbets work better-- you have to balance the salt and corn taste with the richness of an ice cream-- although in most commercial taco shells, there isn't a Real corn taste, just the perception of one.

              I've Definitely done the
              "here, close you eyes and bite this-- it'll be crunchy on the outside and cold/soft on the inside"
              strategy with people who "generally" trust my food but would be put off by the visual.

          2. * Grilled steak minced. (Grilled green onions on the side are great)
            * 2nd Julie's rec for chorizo & potato & agree probably not for a hard shell
            * Grilled veggies of any kind
            * Relative to Soul Vole's fish taco is shrimp. . .Either enchilado (i.e. In a chile sauce) or sauteed with onion & pepper and served with melted quesillo cheese (a cheese that easily melts)

            A thinner, chile de arbol style salsa. . .or salsa Valentina, or Cholula

            Tacos are such an easy medium with which to get crazy and creative

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            1. re: DiningDiva

              +1 All excellent ideas from DiningDiva.

              I was going to suggest some type of shrimp in chile sauce as a more practical option but forgot. With Ensenada-style tacos you really have to make them a la minute. (But they're sooo goood...)

              I also meant to suggest pico de gallo. That would be a given for me.

              Big Cholula fan here, but a chile de árbol salsa would be great too if you can fit it in.