We replaced beef with seasoned chicken for a fresh take on carne asada, a traditional Mexican dish. Pickled onions, diced avocado, and crumbled Cotija cheese make delicious toppings for these homemade tacos.
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
1/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 medium red onion, thinly vertically sliced
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into thin strips
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 cup diced peeled avocado (about 1 avocado)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled Cotija cheese
Lime wedges (optional)
How to Make It
Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Place onion in a small saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; drain and plunge onion in ice water. Drain onion; add to juice mixture. Chill until ready to serve.
Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Sprinkle chicken with oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper; toss to coat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned and done, stirring occasionally.
Heat tortillas according to package directions. Divide chicken evenly among tortillas. Drain onion; divide evenly among tortillas. Top each tortilla with 2 tablespoons avocado and 1 tablespoon cheese; fold over. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.
Easy and delicious. A nice change with the onion and thigh meat. DD loved it. The only change was we used flour tortillas because that is what we had on hand. Will look forward to trying it again with the corn tortillas. Served with mixed fruit as a side dish.
This recipe was good with a lot of alterations. I found the recipe is pretty much just a standard taco with very little flavor. I found using thigh meat was way more fatty and I would have preferred breast meat. As well there was barely any seasoning so I added way more pepper, cumin, some tex mex seasoning and put in some salsa while the chicken was cooking. I don't have access to corn tortillas or cotija cheese so I substituted whole wheat tortillas and mozzarella cheese. As well as a topping I added sour cream, tomato's, cilantro and lime juice. The pickled onions were the only outstanding thing in this recipe and added a real fresh crunch to the taco. I mainly wouldn't keep this recipe because I can make a way flavorful taco without a recipe.
These were OK. The chicken is not very exciting. They definitely needed some salsa, or at least some cilantro or something for flavor. However, the onions are fantastic! I wasn't sure about them, but after chilling for about an hour, they were wonderful on the taco--a citrusy pickled onion. Would be amazing on fish tacos especially!
This was outstanding! I used chicken breasts instead of thighs, and used flour tortillas instead of corn. I wasn't sure about the picked onions, but so glad I made them. Totally made the dish! The whole family loved this dish.
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