Tikka Tacos: An Indo-Mexican Fusion Recipe

Whitbit's Kitchen tikki taco recipe
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Multi-cultural food blog Whitbit’s Kitchen caught the attention of our taco loving team with its tikka taco recipe. We’re all about hyphenated identities and we’re all about tacos so this Indo-Mexican recipe is right up our alley!

Chef blogger Whitney Chatterjee explains her inspiration in her blog post, sharing:

Today’s recipe for tikka tacos comes in the form of a Mexican Indian fusion. There’s a taco truck right across from my work that has some delicious tacos. I mean these things are seriously good. They have all sorts of different tacos, along with burritos, quesadillas, tortas, etc. I think because I see a taco truck almost every day, tacos are on my mind a lot. So a few weeks ago I decided to make my own tacos. I didn’t want them completely Mexican, and I didn’t want them completely Indian. So I mixed the two. I made chicken and beef tikka with some raita, to keep the Indian side. I used flour and corn tortillas, salsa verde, and cotija to keep the Mexican version.

Tikka Tacos

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of your meat of choice, pounded thin
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • raita, for topping
  • salsa verde, for topping
  • corn or flour tortillas
  • cotija cheese, for topping
  • cilantro, for topping
  • onions, for topping
  • 1 teaspoon oil

Instructions

  1. Make a marinade by mixing the yogurt with the spices.
  2. Whisk ingredients together and add meat.
  3. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. Take out of the fridge and let set for 20 min.
  5. Heat a nonstick pan on high heat with the oil. Cook the meat on both sides until fully cooked, around 10 minutes, depending on thickness.
  6. Slice into strips.
  7. Assemble tacos.
  8. Heat the corn tortillas in a pan, flipping. Use two as a base for the tacos. Add the chicken meat.
  9. Top the rest of the ingredients, then voila! Done.

To see more of Whitney’s multicultural explorations by way of recipes, click here.

If you’re looking for more fusion recipes, click on 9 American Comfort Foods With A Desi Twist.

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