June 18, 2015

492195213-300x266In Austin, Texas, tacos aren’t just something delicious to eat for dinner. In fact, they are so well-loved that The Austin Chronicle dubbed them “the defining culinary icons of [the] city.” So, it goes without saying that as you complete your Austin culinary arts courses, you’re going to need to learn how to make an out-of-this-world taco. But don’t go for the same old thing every time – try one of these interesting takes on Austin’s favorite portable meal:

Chorizo tacos
Similar to tacos, chorizo is Hispanic in origin, so the two make an ideal pairing. Grill the pork sausage (don’t forget to remove the casings afterward) and combine it with corn kernels, green onions and cumin. Top with the cheese of your choice and some sliced jalapenos for an extra kick. Don’t forget to serve them with lime wedges!

Fish tacos
Truth be told, fish tacos aren’t as exotic as they used to be – you can find them on most happy hour menus throughout the U.S. However, they’re a great alternative to traditional beef tacos and provide tons of opportunities for you to put a unique culinary spin on an old favorite. After cooking your favorite fish (try topping it with cilantro and lime juice), place it in a tortilla along with roasted vegetables like zucchini, squash and red onion.

BLT tacos
These are exactly what they sound like. After frying up some bacon, slather mayo inside a tortilla and layer in some B(acon) L(ettuce) and T(omato). You can kick it up a notch by including avocado and blue cheese too.

Wonton tacos
Try your hand at Asian-fusion cuisine by creating wonton tacos. After baking wonton shells until they are perfectly crispy, slice up some fresh tuna and place it inside. Top with homemade coleslaw, cilantro and wasabi mayonnaise (if you’re feeling adventurous).

Greek tacos
Craving Greek food but don’t want to put the effort into making full-on gyros? Whip up some tacos Greek-style! All you’ll need is grilled chicken (use a rub consisting of your favorite Mediterranean spices), sliced cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and feta cheese.

Breakfast tacos
Sometimes, eating tacos for one meal in a given day isn’t enough – you have to enjoy them for both breakfast and dinner. After scrambling some eggs, place them in a tortilla along with either bacon or sausage (fried, of course), and you have the perfect on-the-go breakfast. If you like a little sweet with your savory, you can even top it with some maple syrup. It’s the perfect way to start Taco Tuesday!