Viva Mexico Fish Tacos

February 2, 2008

Unless you live close to the border, or in a community with a sizable Mexican population, you may think of tacos as being hard shells filled with ground beef, cheese, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, etc.. At least that's the typical American version of a taco. But I'm talking good, authentic tacos. Specifically, fish tacos. No cheese, no sour cream.

If you're craving Mexican food some night then try these out. They are actually easier to prepare than the Americanized ones, and are fresh and delicious. Here's what you need:

Soft corn tortillas, steamed (hand-made ones are best)
Fish, grilled and cut into strips or chunks (any kind, but red snapper is common in Mexico)
White onion, diced
Fresh cilantro (leaves only)
Salsa verde (green salsa)
Lots of lime wedges

You can also use shrimp, pork (carnitas), steak (carne asada) or grilled vegetables for a vegetarian option.

Place ingredients in little bowls for a build-your-own dinner. Pile a little of each in your warm tortilla and top off with a healthy squeeze of lime juice. Wash down with a nice cold cerveza, toss your head back and yell, "Viva Mexico!" Arrriiiiibaaaaa!

Or, just enjoy quietly with your family.

If you're in the Los Angeles area Bandini, of The Great Taco Hunt, has thoughtfully documented the best taco joints. Muchas gracias!

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