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Tacos Dorados

Whatever you call them, tacos dorados are easy, delicious and versatile. You can serve them as a snack, an appetizer, or as a main meal too!

I use corn tortillas here, but I have seen this done with flour, too. Use any salsa you like on top, but mostly you will see a smooth guacamole or the pico de gallo you see in the picture.

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 20 minutes
    •    Cook time: 20 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 4


    •    salsa, for garnish
    •    16 6-inch corn tortillas
    •    sour cream, for garnish (Optional)
    •    3 cups shredded chicken, pheasant, turkey, etc.
    •    1 1/2 cups corn oil or other neutral vegetable oil
    •    Cotija or shredded cheese, for garnish (Optional)
    •    1/2 cup salsa negra, hot sauce or other smooth sauce


  1. Mix the shredded meat with the salsa or hot sauce, breaking up any large pieces. You need to roll a delicate tortilla around this, and you want no big lumpy bits.
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat for about 4 minutes. Using tongs, dip the tortillas in the hot oil for a few seconds to soften them. Set them in a tray or plate.
  3. Put a tablespoon or two of the shredded meat in a thin rectangle on the first third of a tortilla. Wrap it up tightly, but gently, as the tortillas are tender at this point. Slide the taquito, seam side down, aside. Repeat with the remaining taquitos.
  4. Heat the oil to at least 325F, and ideally 350F. Using a thin spatula, slip the end of the spatula under the seam of a taquito and carefully place it in the hot oil, seam side down. Press on the top of the taquito for 10 seconds to hold it. Repeat with a few more taquitos. You will need to do this in batches so you can flip them.
  5. Set a cooling rack on a baking sheet and put that in the oven, setting the oven to "keep warm." After 1 to 2 minutes, turn your taquitos over and fry them on the other side for another 1 to 2 minutes. Move them to the rack in the oven and repeat with the remaining taquitos.
  6. Serve with the salsa, cheese, sour cream or whatever makes you happy.

This great family recipe is thanks to Honest-Food.Net at


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