Taco night rules! I like to set up a taco bar and let my kids make their own dinner. It's messy, but fun and delicious. Here's how to do it:
Start with corn tortillas. Even if you think you don't like corn tortillas. Chances are, you haven't heated them properly in the past. Instead of using them straight from the fridge (they'll crack and break) or microwaving them (they can get tough), warm each tortilla in a hot cast iron skillet, grill, or directly over the flame of a gas burner, turning with tongs, until warm and pliable. Transfer to a large sheet of foil and wrap. Keep heating and wrapping tortillas, stacking them as you go. They'll stay steamy and warm in the foil packet.
If you live near stores that sell freshly made tortillas, try them. I'm lucky enough to live near Tortilleria Nixtamal, which you should definitely check out if you're in New York City.
The fillings can range from carne asada grilled steak to shredded chicken to, my personal favorite, pork. If you prefer non-meat options, shrimp, fish, and roasted or sautéed vegetables make wonderful options too.
For the final toppings, I like cilantro, both green and red salsas, and lime wedges. Diced raw onions are a good option too. I prefer my tacos without cheese, but if you can't do without, try crumbly Mexican cheeses like queso fresco. And if you're a sour cream lover, try Mexican crema, which is thinner.
And, of course, whip up a batch of margaritas for the grown-ups. If you don't have time for that, have a good Mexican beer. Negro Modelo is my favorite pairing for tacos.
-By Genevieve Ko
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