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A couple weeks ago Armando and I went to Mexico City to celebrate my birthday. We ate and ate and ate and still seemed hungry. It might have been all the walking, but it was probably how good all the food looked (and smelled) cooking over open flattops on practically every street corner.
There was a place kitty-corner from our hotel that wasn’t a street cart but an actual brick and mortar spot with card tables and cushy-seated black restaurant chairs out front. On our way back to our hotel one late afternoon we decided to stop for a taco because apparently the four churros I had just eaten a mile back weren’t quite enough.
What Are Tacos Arabes?
Once we sat down and were presented with the menu I realized these were not your typical tacos, this spot sold Tacos Árabes or Arabian Tacos. Tacos Árabes hail from Puebla, Mexico and, similar to Al Pastor tacos, were a product of Lebanese immigrants assimilating to their new home. Originally made with lamb— and then later more abundant and less expensive pork—tacos arabes are infused with Middle Eastern flavors of cumin, coriander, and cinnamon and served in pita bread or thick flour tortillas, then drizzled with jocoque (a thick Mexican buttermilk— a stand-in for yogurt), and chipotle salsa (because well, Mexico). They are so unique and delicious I decided to make my own version immediately when I got home.
How To Make Tacos Arabes At Home
The pork in this recipe can be store-bought pork tenderloin cutlets already pounded thin and ready to rock, but I much prefer using a boneless pork shoulder roast and taking the extra minute or two to slice it into 1/4-inch thick pieces. Pork shoulder is riddled with fat and makes a much juicer and flavorful taco.
Instead of the traditional Middle Eastern spice rub on the pork, I used La Tortilla Factory’s Al Pastor Sauce Starter as a marinade,which has the flavors of cumin, garlic, and chipotle most commonly found in Tacos Arabes and is super delicious and easy.
The pork is best grilled over a hot flame but if you don’t have a grill or just want to cook them on the stove top, a very hot grill pan or griddle will also work. Coat the pan with a thin slick of oil and then cook the pork until they are firm and have a little char on the outside.
The Carrot-Avocado Crema is my version of the tangy buttermilk jocoque traditionally found on top of tacos arabes. It has thick Greek yogurt as it’s base but then a touch of sweetness from carrots, ripe avocado, a bite of garlic, and serrano chiles too.
La Tortilla Factory’s Non-GMO wraps make the perfect bed for these tacos. They’re made with oat and wheat flour which give them a soft, chewy bite that holds up to the flavorful pork.
Make These Tacos For Cinco de Mayo + A Giveaway!!
It is my mission in life….or at least in the next couple of weeks to make sure you have fun this Cinco de Mayo. La Tortilla Factory does too! Which is why we are not only giving you this most delicious recipe to make just for the occasion but are also giving away a #CelebrateAtSuCasa party package worth over $500!
This party in a box includes:
- A La Tortilla Factory Celebrate At Su Casa Essentials
- 1 x pack of Handmade Style White Corn & Wheat Tortillas
- 1 x pack of Handmade Style Flour Tortillas
- 1 x pack of Handmade Style Chipotle Tortillas
- 1 x pack of the Handmade Style Hatch Green Chile Tortillas
- 2 x Classic Taco Sauce Starter
- 1 x Al Pastor Sauce Starter
- 1 x Barbacoa Slow Cooker Sauce Starter
- LTF Napkins
- LTF Coasters
- LTF Tattoos
- LTF T-shirt
- Mexican Flags
- Margaritaville Margarita Maker
- 7-piece Glass Margarita Set
- Nipyata Stay Classy Burrito
- Lodge 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet
- Mexican Serape Blanket
- 2 Tickets to our May 3rd Friends Who Fete Cinco de Mayo Dinner and Margarita Tasting in Downtown LA (travel not included)
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