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These 17 Underground Taco Recipes Will Get You Hooked (Because They’re Damn-licious)

Tacos have not just gone mainstream. They have also gone underground. While Mexico’s favorite light meal has taken the world by storm, chefs and foodies have gotten creative with new recipes and fusion flavors that many people still haven’t tried. Ready for a sample? Then check out our list of the 17 most interesting underground taco recipes out there!

Sushi Tacos

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It’s love at first bite when Japanese culinary artistry combines with fresh Mexican ingredients to create sushi tacos. From salmon and tuna to more adventurous fillings like tako (octopus), sushi tacos can rock all the traditional sushi styles and much much more, the only limit is your imagination.

Pork Belly Tacos

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One of the best creations to come out of the Korean-Mexican kitchen, pork belly tacos are deeply satisfying and full of flavor. Add some kimchi to the mix and you got a spicy hot take on the classic taco that even your abuela will rave about!

Fried Cheese Shell Tacos

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Using fried cheese instead of a tortilla turns any kind of taco into a richer gooier mess of goodness that you will be instantly addicted to. Use harder cheeses like cheddar for best results: simply grate the cheese into a baking sheet and melt it into a tortilla shape in the oven before filling it up with all the fixings!

Duck Tacos with Red Mole

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Just say this one out loud. Duck meat with savory red mole. Heaven on earth. Roast the duck just like you would do carnitas or lamb and then add a real Oaxacan style red mole to the mix for some out of the world bombness.

Cactus Tacos

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Ok, so nopalito tacos have been around for a while. But the trend towards vegetarian Mexican cuisine in the United States has taken this tender cactus flesh to new heights. Try adding non-traditional ingredients like feta cheese and olives to the mix for some blow your mind tacos that are entirely meat-free.

Skirt Steak Tacos

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Famous for its meatiness and flavor, even if it’s not the most tender cut on the beast, skirt steak makes an excellent taco filling that needs to be tried to be believed. Try grilling the steak up on a real charcoal bbq first and then adding it hot to the tortillas just before serving for the ultimate yum fest!

Lettuce Tacos

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Whether you are trying to cut down on carbs, up your fresh vegetable intake or just want a lighter, crisp touch to your tacos, lettuce shells could be for you. Because of its harder structure, iceberg lettuce works the best as a natural taco shell but you can also experiment with greener and more flavorful varieties.

 Tofu Tacos

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Tofu tacos are here to stay. And the good news is that chefs are experimenting with this traditional Japanese meat alternative in many creative ways. Try frying the tofu to a crispy sheen to up the flavor profile on your veggie tacos!

Short Rib Tacos

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From Asian braised to Texas style, adding short ribs to the classic Mexican taco is a match made in heaven. Top off with fresh cilantro and some tomatillo salsa for a succulent take on everyone’s favorite finger food.

Fried Chicken Tacos

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It had to happen. And we are happy it did. Fried chicken tacos can be spiced up with everything from blue cheese to bbq sauce. Play around with this one at home and it will soon be a family favorite.

Salmon Tacos

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High in healthy omega 3 oils and smooth, tender and tasty, salmon is a natural addition to today’s tacos that quite simply takes them to the next level. Try cutting into small cubes and cooking on the grill and then adding avocado or guacamole for a creamy finish.

Rueben Tacos

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We never thought we would be recommending putting 1000 island on a taco. What a sacrilege! But when you got corned beef, sauerkraut and melted cheese together it’s just natural. Try some Rueben tacos, we bet you will be hooked!

Soft Shell Crab Tacos

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Nothing is quite as satisfying as the crunchy goodness of a fried soft shell crab and putting in a taco tortilla just doubles down on the fun factor. Now you can add all the fixings you want! We recommend sriracha mayo and tartar to get things started!

Falafel Tacos

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Veggie foodies rejoice, falafel tacos really are a thing! Combining the best of the Middle East with the fresh sabor of Mexico, falafel tacos will have you begging for seconds – so make sure to cook up a king-sized batch!

Breakfast Tacos

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While breakfast burritos have been a thing since the baby boomer generation, breakfast tacos are a trend we are just starting to see really take off on a massive level. And that’s a good thing. From huevos rancheros to just good old bacon and eggs, breakfast tacos can support all your favorite morning ingredients in a new, salsa drenched package!

Thanksgiving Tacos


Don’t think turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, veggies and gravy can all fit in a taco shell? Think again my friend, its been done and the results are out of this world. For those of us who like Thanksgiving every day, and all these ingredients are really indigenous foods of North America btw, the Thanksgiving taco crosses the border with a vengeance that you will feel in your tastebuds!

Avocado Keto Tacos

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Simple, healthy and delicious, avocado keto tacos allow you to smother everybody’s favorite fruit/veggie with salsas, onions and other Mexican goodness in an easy to hold taco tortillas. Popular among the keto crowd for its low carb content, avocado tacos can be whipped with a quickness and will satisfy even the crankiest crowd! add shrimp, crab or any meat on the menu for a high protein low carbohydrate taco that can even help you lose weight!

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post


America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

READ: America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi


This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

El Charro Negro
Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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