This lesson is 356 words, a 1 min 25 second reading time. It is the eighth lesson of Lunch 2.0.
Pre-dating the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico, tacos are now beloved globally. Consisting of a corn or wheat tortilla heaped with fillings and garnish, tacos are nutritious, tasty, and versatile.
Additionally, they are fun to experiment with. Traditional varieties consist primarily of meat & garnish, but chefs have embraced the taco as a palate for broad creative expression. Give yourself license to experiment. You might discover something divine.
Tortillas (e.g., corn, wheat)
Heat large pan (cast iron recommended)
Add tortillas. Don't crowd.
Warm ~15-30 sec on each side.
Keep warm by wrapping in a kitchen towel.
Preheat the oven to 350-400°F.
Wrap tortillas in foil.
Heat 5-10 min, depending on the stack's size.
Crispy w/ cheese:
Heat pan & add oil.
Add tortillas. Flip after ~1 min.
Add thinly sliced cheese.
Top with a lid (optional, cover loosely to speed up melting)
Remove when crisp/melted to your preference.
📝 Notes Tips & Tricks
Microwave warming is okay in a pinch but not recommended. It can lead to rips & odd texture.
Tortillas freeze well. Defrost them individually or together.
To make a quesadilla, use a larger, flour-based tortilla. Fold it over, or top with a second.
If using leftovers, dice & reheat before using as filling.
📓 Taco Inspiration Reference Guide:
Crunch: cabbage, lettuce, onion, slaw
Sweet: salsa, pico de gallo, pickled red onion, corn
Creamy: cheese (e.g., jack, cotija), sliced avocado, guacamole, sour cream, queso
Seasoning: herbs (e.g., cilantro), chiles/jalapenos, lime juice, hot sauce
Protein: meat, poultry, fish, seafood, deli meat, beans, scrambled eggs
🗂 Recipe: Breakfast Tacos 🍳
Ingredients: corn tortillas, eggs, olive oil, salt, cheese (optional), toppings/garnish (optional)
Instructions: (1) make crispy tacos, (2) make scrambled eggs (🎬 demo), (3) top tacos with eggs & garnish as desired.
🎓 Further Study
Breakfast Tacos 🎬 [Life School, Instagram]
Breakfast Tacos 🎬 [Life School, TikTok version]
How to Scramble an Egg 🎬 [Life School]
🎳 Team for this lesson: Michelle Tandler & April Word