Nashville Hot Chicken Tacos
Grits & Greens
The story goes that Thornton Prince III, a Nashville resident, had a reputation for being a womanizer. One day, after a late night out, he came home to his girlfriend who wanted to teach him a lesson. In an attempt to make his breakfast unappetizing, she heavily seasoned the chicken with cayenne pepper. However, instead of being put off by the spice, Prince enjoyed the fiery flavor and decided to share it with his friends.
In the late 1930s, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack was officially established, and the popularity of Nashville hot chicken began to grow. Over the years, the dish became a local favorite and gained recognition way beyond Nashville.
We are huge fans of the city of Nashville, and Nashville Hot Chicken. A little while back we did a tasting of Nashville Hot Chicken in Vegas.
The chicken is often served on a piece of white bread or in between a bun. Here, I take the hot chicken concept and serve it in charred flour tortillas. By all accounts, it’s just another way to enjoy fabulous Nashville hot chicken.
Nashville Hot Chicken Tacos
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Crispy Cauliflower Tacos
Fried Seasoned Cauliflower Florets
Roasted Hatch Chile & Roasted Corn Salsa
Shredded Cabbage, Charred Corn Tortillas, Pickled Red Onion
Cilantro, Edible Flower Petals, Baja White Sauce
Sometimes a vegetarian taco just hits the spot. Especially if it is made with crispy seasoned cauliflower and smothered in Hatch chile & corn salsa. These tacos are fantastico! They’re crispy, crunchy, fresh, spicy, herby, charred, creamy, tangy, colorful, and mighty tasty. Don’t wait ’til Taco Tuesday to give them a try!
Crispy Cauliflower Tacos Recipe
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Brisket Quesabirria Tacos
I don’t know anyone who cooks a brisket for 6 hours plus, and doesn’t make enough for leftovers. It is great simply re-heated in the sauce. It also freezes well and can be repurposed in tons of other great dishes like tamales and sandwiches. This year, our Rosh Hashanah brisket morphed into quesabirria tacos.
We first tried quesabirria tacos when grazing on The Vegas Strip. My nephew, Stone, was telling us that Birria Tacos with Consomé had been trending all over social media, and we had to give them a try. Gracias, Stone!
Quesabirria tacos (aka red tacos) are super popular and bursting with unctuous deliciousness. They are composed of just three ingredients – meat, cheese, and corn tortillas. They are served with a dipping sauce on the side called consomé. After several hours of cooking, the sauce in which the meat is cooked becomes rich and complexly flavored. The layer of fat from meat flavors and crisps the tortillas, and the liquid becomes the dipping sauce.
Mexican consomé is made with chiles and common Mexican spices such as cumin, oregano, and cinnamon. My holiday brisket consomé is equally flavorful in a different way, it is umami-rich but not spicy at all.
Quesabirria con Consomé Recipe
For Leftover Brisket
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Octopus Tacos with Bacon
Tacos de Pulpo con Tocino
Tacos are great. Octopus tacos are amazing. Octopus tacos with bacon are over-the-top!
Braised octopus’ mild flavor is enhanced by bright lime juice and roasted tomato salsa. Its lean, chewy, tender texture is balanced by crispy, salty, smoky bacon. When paired with crunchy purple cabbage, spicy red jalapeño, herbaceous cilantro, and pungent onion all nestled in charred corn tortillas we end up with some extraordinarily tantalizing tacos. Ones that are bursting with a wild range of flavors, colors, and textures.
Octopus Tacos with Bacon Recipe
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Corned Beef & Cabbage Tacos
Carrots Escabeche, Charred Corn Tortillas
Caraway Horseradish Sauce
Got left over corned beef? Try corned beef & cabbage tacos. Yep, nestled within charred corn tortillas are cubes of tangy salty spiced leftover corned beef topped with seasoned green cabbage, a creamy caraway horseradish sauce and pickled carrots. These vivacious tacos are filled with an adaptation of the ingredients found in that classic St. Patrick’s Day recipe. Except potatoes. But if you are missing the potatoes, I have a recipe for that too (see below).
Corned Beef and Cabbage Tacos Recipe
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