If you are fond of Mexican food like me, you could probably eat it every other day. There is hardly a week that goes by that I don’t find myself in a burrito fast food place or a Mexican restaurant.

I also like to cook at home and mix it up for taco night. It is easy to get stuck in the same rut with regular beef tacos, but there is so much more variety available for you.

Here are two of my favorite types of tacos, plus a great rice side dish. And these are not just for tacos. I have even used the same recipes to make burritos.

How to Make Steak Tacos with Salsa

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This is a great easy taco recipe to mix things up. This Mexican steak tacos recipe can be prepared and cooked in about 45 minutes. Here is what you need to get started to make 12 tacos.

  • Fresh corn
  • Medium onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper
  • 1 lb of cherry tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • 2 lbs of sirloin steak
  • Pack of steak seasoning of your choice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Lime juice
  • 12 Corn tortillas

Begin by placing a pan on medium high heat. Cut the onion into eight pieces and apply 2 tbsp. of olive oil on the corn, onions, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper and cherry tomatoes.

Place the corn and the onions in the pan and grill until charred. Remove the onions and corn from the pan and set aside.

Now cook both the peppers in the same pan and remove from pan once charred.

Next, cook the cherry tomatoes in the same pan and remove when charred.

Rub the meat with steak seasoning or steak sauce and cook for 5 to 10 minutes until it is cooked to your preference.  Remove the steak from the pan and cut it up into small pieces.

Chop the tomatoes, onions and peppers into small pieces and stir them together with the corn, lime juice and 2 tbsp. of olive oil. You have just created the charred salsa topping for your tacos.

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Now prepare the tacos with the steak and the salsa, and top with fresh cilantro, cheese and my favorite, sriracha sauce and enjoy!

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How to Make Fried Chicken Tacos with Jalapeno Sauce

How about some chicken taco recipe?

First, begin frying your chicken tenders in your favorite cooking oil. You can fry is bare or bread it in flour beforehand if you like it crispy. I have made this both ways and it is great either way.

For the rest of this process, you will need a blender to make the sauce.

Add the following to your blender:

  • ½ cup of Ranch dressing
  • Large jalapeno
  • 1 ½ cups of fresh cilantro
  • Garlic clove chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of lime juice

Blend the ingredients for 30 seconds, or until smooth and creamy.

The rest is easy. Just fill each warm corn tortilla with chicken tenders and add the creamy jalapeno sauce over the chicken. Top with cheese or diced tomatoes.

Spicy Rice Recipe

If you want something different to go along with your tacos, here is one of my favorite recipes for a rice mix.

 Place a sauce pan over medium high heat and melt 3 tbsp. of butter. Dice a large jalapeno pepper and remove the seeds. Add to the melted butter and sauté for 5 minutes.

You can pre-boil traditional rice beforehand, or you can use the fast cooking kind. Either way, add the rice  to the pan and stir for 5 minutes until it is golden brown.

Now stir in a can of chicken broth and a 7 oz. can of salsa verde. Bring everything to a boil. Cover the sauce pan and remove from heat. Let it sit for 5 minutes.

While it is cooling, chop up some fresh cilantro, then mix it in the rice before serving.

Grilled Mexican Corn Salad

This Mexican corn salad can be made over an open fire grill, or grilled on the stove top. And if you really want to save time, you can simply buy canned corn and achieve the same result.

Here is what you will need for this recipe.

  • 3 limes
  • 6 – 8 ears of corn
  • Mayonnaise
  • Feta cheese (or cheese of your choice)
  • Fresh chives

Begin by slicing 3 of the limes in half. Squeeze the lime juice from each of the halves to net about ¼ - ½ of a cup of juice.

If using an outdoor propane grill, preheat it to 450 degrees F. If using charcoal, you will just have to eyeball the corn once it is placed on the rack.

If grilling in a pan on the stove top, heat the pan to medium high heat and cover with a nonstick spray.

In any event, brush each of the corn husks with mayonnaise, then sprinkle each with salt and pepper.

Place the corn on the grill, or stove top, and cover with a lid. Allow the corn to cook for about 10 minutes, making sure to rotate it several times during the process.

Remove the corn from the grill and cut off the corn of the cob and place in a large bowl.

Finally, add the feta cheese, lime juice and chives and stir.


If you are looking for ideas to spice up your tacos, enchilada or burritos, steak tacos and the side dish recipes in this article are a great start. If you do not like a particular ingredient, switch it with something similar, which is what is what I do all the time when something calls for cucumbers or white onions, two things I hate.

Combine these items and other great Mexican recipes with a Dos Esquis and perhaps some chips and salsa and you have yourself a party.

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