Tacos Dorados

Tacos Dorados (or Golden Tacos) are crispy corn tacos that are fried with the meat inside,  giving a different take on the usual  taco.
Tacos Dorados

Tacos Dorados

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Tacos Dorados is my recipe of the day and I am blogging it in a  group  posting of bloggers for Cinco de Mayo. We all have our favorite Mexican and Tex-Mex recipes we love to share.

Tacos Dorados  is my newest and one of my  favorites. I have seen a few different versions of it.

Tacos Dorados

One is like taquitos,  which are rolled up and fried using corn tortillas. But others are flat as mine is.

I have seen these plated with several  overlapping. Then the toppings are added-  with maybe guacamole and  sour cream  with some  pico de gallo and whatnot.

I have left mine plain, as we enjoyed these dipped into a little dish a habanero taqueria salsa. As you might for tacos. But of course these are crisp, unlike street tacos using soft corn. And no fillings like lettuce and tomato. We just dipped them the same you you might dunk a Chinese eggroll into sweet and sour.

A Blast from Our Past

The reason I was so interested in trying these is because of tacos we remember  getting at Taco City in Cocoa Beach Florida. We used to love going there in the late 1980’s as it was close to our home. I recall them having cooked the meat inside the tort which was a curiosity at the time. I’ve been  curious about them ever since. LOL!

Then I saw these and I thought “aha!” Except these are flat and Taco City kept some space in theirs. And of course over time, memory fades so until I get back down there the actuality of it is sketchy. I’ve seen some pictures of their tacos online and some look like theirs but others don’t. So I suspect maybe some stock photography going  on.

Anyway. These are good and delicious. I did have to  adjust the recipe I saw as those didn’t cook the meat inside, and as well, the method of cooking  left them greasy. I have reduce the oil depth and changed how they are done which worked out much better.

Oh and I do think  if you do top them,  go with guacamole. Places used to top  things like  chimis with gads of guack. But now they give you like a teaspoon if you are lucky. And oh man, I am going to need a bit more than that! How about you?

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Tacos Dorados

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Tacos Dorados

Tacos Dorados

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 20 tacos


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 20 corn tortillas
  • cooking oil


  • Mix together the ground beef, cotija cheese and taco seasoning.
  • Place 1-1/2 tablespoons of the uncooked meat mixture on one side of the corn tortilla.
  • Use a piece of plastic wrap to press it out evenly on one side in a half moon shape.
  • All the tortillas will be done this way.
  • Heat oil 1/4-1/2 inch deep in a skillet to med-hot. Enough to fry but not submerge the tortilla.
  • Place the tortilla unfolded into the skillet, and after a few seconds the tortilla will soften.
  • Fold the half of the tortilla without the meat over to cover the meat, and press down lightly with a spatula.
  • As it crisps up, turn it over and cook the other side until golden and crisp. Your meat should be cooked thoroughly in this time (it was very thin).
  • Drain on paper toweling.
  • Serve with salsa dip, or top with things like salsa, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, chopped onion, tomato or cilantro. Your choice.


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9 responses

  1. This must be addictively delicious, Sue! My dad says, anything fried is extra delicious and sometimes I agree with him, though I try to avoid lot of deep-frying. But this idea is awesome and it is so interesting and simple with satisfying flavors that I would love to try. I would love anything with spicy dips especially, habanero. Awesome idea. Will store-bought corn tortillas work for this recipe? Or should the tortilla be fresh and uncooked? Thanks for sharing, Sue!

  2. 60 years ago, my parents took me all over Mexico on the train for his job with Southern Pacific Railroad. We went all over, and because my dad was helping the railroad improve, we were invited by the locals to stay at their homes. It was an eye opener for me, at 12. The women would fix incredible foods for us, & they didn’t seem to mind teaching me! My first tacos and enchiladas were prepared right on the grill, one by one & plated so fast it made my head spin! It’s one of the reasons I loved Jack in the box tacos! The tortillas were laid out on a hot grill, the meat (cooked with chilies & shredded) placed inside, crumbled cheese and chopped onions also, taco shell flipped up, taco turned over, & plated! They had a flat grill, & did 6 at a time, until they had enough fo everyone.

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