10 Best Tacos For Dinner From El Primo Mexican Food
Whether it is taco Tuesday or a fun weekend out, there is no doubt that tacos make for the best dinner! At El Primo, you can order a delicious trio of traditional with an agua fresca or choose a filling combo plate with rice and beans. You can even select from various meats such as carne asada, al pastor, carnitas, and many more! However, with so many different types of tacos to choose from, it may be hard to decide which ones to order for dinner.
So before deciding which ones you should order at El Primo, read on to learn about all the different protein, vegetable, and tortilla options.
Handmade Soft Corn Tortillas Vs. Crispy
The first significant decision you come across when ordering is whether you want handmade corn tortillas or crispy. Handmade corn tortillas are made out of masa harina, which is also called cornflour. These tacos are soft, flavorful, and perfect for absorbing the delicious and traditional flavors of meats such as carne asada, carnitas, and al pastor. However, if you want to try authentic, handmade corn tortillas are the way to go.
Crispy are also an excellent choice. Crispy tacos are authentic to Mexico and are often called tacos dorados or golden tacos. These are made with deep-fried corn tortillas, and they are filled with a variety of different meats such as shredded beef, chicken, or even potatoes. Crispy tacos give the traditional ones an additional crunch that makes eating tacos a fun and yet slightly messy twist.
Let’s take a look at my favorite tacos.
1. Carne Asada
The most popular type of street tacos is carne asada tacos. Carne asada is a sliced marinated skirt or flank steak that is slightly charred for a smoky flavor. The beef is tender and seasoned with lime juice, various peppers, and cilantro.
The carne asada ones at El Primo are perfectly marinated and full of traditional seasonings. They are simply topped traditonaly with chopped white onions, cilantro, and salsa. By keeping the toppings simple, the flavor of the meat and tortilla are emphasized. If you love meat and steak, the carne asada are the best choice for you.
Carnitas are made with deliciously soft pulled pork shoulder and Mexican spices and seasonings. These originate from Michoacán, a state in Mexico.
The pork is braised for many hours at a time so that the seasoning is fully integrated with the tender meat. The carnitas is then shredded and wrapped in homemade corn tortillas. Carnitas street tacos at El Primo are just the right mix of tangy and savory flavors. They are not spicy like carne asada, so even picky eaters would enjoy these for dinner.
3. Al Pastor
Al pastor is a pork shoulder that is spiced, chile marinated and roasted on a vertical stick. It is slow-cooked for hours, and the outer pieces of meat that are sliced off and into the tacos are crispy and have a smoky, charred flavor. This cooking method is similar to the Lebanese Shawarma, which is slow-cooked lamb or chicken on a vertical spit.
Al pastor is sweet and spicy meat that originates from Central Mexico. They typically use guajillo chile powder, cumin, and pineapple juice. If you have been looking for authentic street tacos with a bit of a kick, al pastor are a delicious option.
Chicken street tacos are a classic way to enjoy Mexican food. They are succulent, perfectly grilled, and full of flavor. They aren’t spicy either, so they are perfect for families or those looking for tacos with white meat.
They are also served with chopped onions and cilantro for a brightening taste. You can even squeeze some extra lime on top for a little extra zing. Chicken makes for a tasty dinner that is perfect for a daily night out.
El Primo makes dinner options for all. If you are vegetarian, vegan, or just prefer vegetables to meat, you can also try the mushroom tacos. Mushrooms are a meaty substitute for chicken, beef, or pork, and they have a hearty texture to them. These veggie-based tacos are filling and have grilled mushrooms, pico de gallo salsa, lettuce, and guacamole. Mushrooms have a delicious umami flavor, and the guacamole is well seasoned. And the best part is, the guacamole is not extra!
6. Black Bean
If, for some reason, you are not a huge fan of mushrooms, the other vegetarian option is to get black bean tacos. Black beans, while delicious and a good source of fiber and protein, are a traditional and significant part of Mexican cuisine. The creamy beans are seasoned and topped with pico de gallo and lettuce. This simple but tasty and an excellent option for someone looking for a clean dinner or for those who are picky eaters.
Shrimp tacos are also a classic, and they originate from Baja, California. Shrimp at El Primo is fresh from the sea, and it is marinated in the robust Mexican seasoning that gives it a spiced taste. These are topped with pico de gallo and a chopped mix of lettuce and cabbage, giving them a refreshing taste. Shrimp is a lighter alternative to meat-based since shrimp has minimal natural fats and oils. If you are a fan of seafood, shrimp is an excellent option for dinner.
8. Grilled Mahi
Grilled Mahi Tacos are meaty, buttery, and perfect in soft tacos. The grilled Mahi at El Primo is a classy and good option for date night. If you want to make these into a hearty dinner, you can always pair them with rice and beans.
This nutritious meal is also great for pescatarians or anyone trying to cut down on eating meat. The grilled Mahi is always juicy and never overcooked. The lemon juice squeezed on top of the grilled Mahi steaks brings out the fish’s natural flavors.
One of the best parts of the fish is also that it is grilled instead of fried. The grill on the fish gives the Mahi a slight char flavor that goes well with the fresh veggies and toasted tortillas.
9. Shredded Chicken Crispy
Shredded chicken crispy tacos (you can also get them with Shredded beef, or potatoes) are made with chicken breasts marinated in Mexican spices and cooked for hours in a slow cooker. Chicken breasts are considered a healthy cut of meat since they are leaner than chicken thighs. Not only are they healthier for you, but they also taste better.
Chicken breasts are very tender, easy to pull apart, and not too fatty. Yet they are still succulent and taste juicy. This is perfect since the crispy tortillas taste better dry and crunchy.
10. Crispy Potato Taquitos
Light and fluffy potatoes with a crispy, golden brown outside are delicious in crispy tacos. These crispy potato tacos are plant-based tacos with a delightful taste, texture, and flavor. Even meat-eaters love these. Potatoes are also very filling, so they will keep you feeling full even in place of the meat taco options. These are topped with pico de gallo, lettuce, and onions. You can even add some more salsa, such as salsa verde or salsa Roja, to add some spiciness.