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Chipotle Chorizo Tacos

These Chipotle Chorizo Tacos are smoky, spicy and complex! The homemade sweet potato tortilla tempers the spice with a little bit of sweetness and a mezcal lime slaw brightens the flavors and pulls the whole taco together!

These Chipotle Chorizo Tacos are smoky, spicy and complex! The homemade sweet potato tortilla temper the spice with a little bit of sweetness and a mezcal lime slaw brightens the flavors and pulls the whole taco together!

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This isn’t a “Goodbye Post”. It’s more of an acknowledgement that I fell off the face of the Earth.

These Chipotle Chorizo Tacos are smoky, spicy and complex! The homemade sweet potato tortilla temper the spice with a little bit of sweetness and a mezcal lime slaw brightens the flavors and pulls the whole taco together!

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I’ll need you to be patient because updating a blog when you’re working 12-16 hour days, 6 days a week is a formidable task.

These Chipotle Chorizo Tacos are smoky, spicy and complex! The homemade sweet potato tortilla temper the spice with a little bit of sweetness and a mezcal lime slaw brightens the flavors and pulls the whole taco together!

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Umm speaking of more…perhaps you are here for the tacos? [Like that segue?]

No shame in that. Tacos are pretty much my answer to all life’s problems.

Well, tacos and rosé. (Not together. Everyone knows tacos call for cervesa or mezcal margaritas. Duh.)

My “Taco Tuesday” is more like Taco “Any day that ends in ‘y’”. Just sayin’

These Chipotle Chorizo Tacos are smoky, spicy and complex! The homemade sweet potato tortilla temper the spice with a little bit of sweetness and a mezcal lime slaw brightens the flavors and pulls the whole taco together!

I originally dreamed up and made these tacos for a recipe competition. And they didn’t win…their loss is your gain, my friend!

In my book, any day when you make your own sweet potato tortillas is a win.

These Chipotle Chorizo Tacos are smoky, spicy and complex! The homemade sweet potato tortilla temper the spice with a little bit of sweetness and a mezcal lime slaw brightens the flavors and pulls the whole taco together!

The sweet potato tortillas temper a bit of the chipotle chorizo filling’s heat and the mezcal lime slaw adds a crunchy bite of freshness!

HOLD UP: mezcal in the tacos.

That’s right. I said mezcal in the tacos.

It’s like eating a taco while taking a sip of a refreshing mezcal margarita. Mmmhmm.

Oh. Yes. She. Did.

 

You can prepare all of this in advance, throw together some margaritas, chill some cervesas, call over some friends and bask in everything Summer has to offer!

Chipotle Chorizo Tacos

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Chipotle Chorizo Tacos

These Chipotle Chorizo Tacos are smoky, spicy and complex! The homemade sweet potato tortilla temper the spice with a little bit of sweetness and a mezcal lime slaw brightens the flavors and pulls the whole taco together!

Ingredients

  • Chipotle Chorizo Tacos:
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced (~1 cup)
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced (2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, minced
  • 2 teaspoons spice mix
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 3 chorizo sausages, uncooked, casings removed (~3/5 lb)
  • ½ cup water or chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Spice Mix for Tacos:
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Mezcal Salad:
  • 2 radish thinly sliced
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Mezcal (something good enough to drink!)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Sweet Potato Tortillas:
  • 2 cups masa harina (250g)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup sweet potatoes, cooked (I used a microwave), passed through a ricer, still warm (125g)
  • 1 ¼ cups warm water
  • Also Pictured: Sour cream loosened with a little half and half or milk, and if you just haven’t had enough, you can zest a little lime zest in the sour cream! And guacamole, because tacos without guac are sad.

Instructions

  1. To Make Sweet Potato Tortillas:
  2. In a medium bowl combine the masa harina, salt, sweet potatoes and 1 cup of the warm water. Using the back of a wooden spoon mash all the ingredients together, smearing against the side of the bowl to evenly distribute the sweet potatoes and create a homogenous mixture.
  3. Add the remaining ¼ cup warm water and use your hands to knead into the mixture, creating a smooth dough. Knead it about 2 minutes. If the dough seems dry, add a little warm water 1 teaspoon at a time. If it is sticky, add a little masa harina or just continue kneading to see if it will incorporate.
  4. Divide the dough into 18, 33 g (1.2oz) rounds. They are about the size of a golf ball. Cover them with a damp cloth at all times.
  5. Cut one side and the bottom edge of a ziptop baggie, so it opens like a book.
  6. Preheat a griddle or large cast iron pan over medium heat.
  7. Place one ball of dough inside the cut baggie and press using a tortilla press. You will have to experiment with the pressure and placement of the dough. You want it to be about 1/8th inch thick. You can also roll out the dough with a rolling pin but it will take longer and not be as round.
  8. Cook the tortilla in the skillet just until it releases, flip and cook 30 seconds on the second side. Continue to cook in 30 second increments until the tortilla has puffed and is cooked all the way through, about 4 minutes. Place cooked, warm tortillas in a kitchen towel, and keep covered.
  9. Continue with the remaining tortillas. You can press them all and keep them separated with plastic wrap or you can press them as you cook.
  10. Once all the tortillas are cooked, serve or place the stack in a ziptop plastic baggie. Store in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave.
  11. To Make Taco Filling:
  12. In a large sauté pan or cast iron skillet, gently cook the onions and garlic in approximately 2 tablespoons olive oil until the onions are translucent and just beginning to brown. Add the chipotles and 2 teaspoons spice mix, stir constantly for 30 seconds.
  13. Add the turkey and chorizo to the same pan and cook through. Add water/broth, adobo sauce, and tomato paste to the pan and cook until reduced. Taste and adjust salt as needed.
  14. Dress the Mezcal Radish salad:
  15. In a medium bowl combine the radishes, shallots, cabbage, cilantro, mezcal, sugar, lime juice, olive oil, pinch kosher salt, and a pinch of fresh black pepper. Toss to coat. Make sure you break apart the radishes with your fingers, because when they are thinly sliced they tend to stick together.
  16. If you sliced the radishes and shallots ahead of time and stored them in water, make sure to blot them on a paper towel before dressing. The water also tempers the bite of the radish and shallots – mellowing them out a bit.

Notes:

To make life easier, you can prep everything in advance! I juiced my limes for the salad dressing and guacamole; made the taco filling; minced enough onions for both the guacamole and taco filling; chopped my cilantro; made the tortillas, and sliced the radishes, shallots and cabbage on the microplane all one day in advance. Store the radishes and shallots in separate containers in cold water, and store the chopped cilantro in a ziptop baggie. Before servimg make the guacamole (5 minutes), dress the salad (2 minutes), warm the taco filling and tortillas in the microwave.

You could also use store-bought corn tortillas instead but I really love how the subtle sweetness from the sweet potatoes tempers the corn flavor and the spiciness of the tacos!

https://americanheritagecooking.com/2017/06/chipotle-chorizo-tacos/

22 Comments

  • Summer
    June 25, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Now this is really amazing, how can you people manage to get stuff like this? Man, this is really worth reading and I am going to bookmark your blog for this. Keep updating us.

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      August 17, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Thank you so much, Summer!

      Reply
  • Lara
    July 5, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    My son completely loves Tacos. I would try out this chipotle chorizo tacos for him during the weekend.

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      August 17, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      I hope you do try them out!!!

      Reply
  • Darina
    July 7, 2017 at 4:24 am

    Wow that looks fantastic!

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      July 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you Darina!

      Reply
  • Eshika Roy
    August 3, 2017 at 4:07 am

    I literally started having hunger pangs halfway through the post. It looks amazing and I bet it also tastes delicious too. It is the perfect dish to cook up in this season. I can’t wait to try it . Looking forward to reading more delectable recipes in the upcoming posts.

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      August 3, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  • Henlie
    November 19, 2017 at 12:17 am

    I can say that article is so delicious! 🙂 I love tacos and I am going to try this recipe too. Can you add some Morning recipes in your future articles?

    Reply
  • Dr_No
    December 26, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Dear Lindsey, I’ve recently discovered your blog and love what you’re creating. I’m not a chef but, am an academic who is passionate about creating and sharing good home-cooked food. I’ve been making tacos for years but grew tired of my old reciepe as the ground beef mixture I was using often tasted dry. I thought about trying pork and came up with this winner which is a HUGH hit in my family. If there are leftovers, and I try to make enough so that this is, I’ll reheat (saute) up a couple of spoonfuls in the morning in a non-stick pan, add some scrambled-up eggs and served with toast or a corn tortilla that I warm up in another non-stick pan with a very little oil or butter. Y*U*M. Here’s the recipe I named after my son:

    Tommy’s Tasty Tacos

    Ingredients:
    1 pound ground pork
    1/3 cup chopped onion
    1 jalapeño, stem removed, seeded and chopped
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    3 tablespoons chili powder
    2 dashes ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/3 cup water
    6 corn tortillas
    1/2 cup canola oil
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or shred any cheese you have or like)
    Shredded lettuce
    Greek Yogurt (full fat)
    Salsa (of your choice)

    Directions:
    Heat a large, nonstick skillet on medium heat, add onions and saute til translucent. Remove from pan and set aside.
    In same pan, add the ground pork, jalapeño, garlic powder, pepper, chili powder, cumin and salt.
    Cook until no longer pink and drain off excess fat.
    Stir in the water (or chicken or veg stock).
    Add back onions
    Continue cook until mixture thickens. Remove from the heat, and set aside for a moment.
    Heat a small skillet on medium heat, and add the canola oil.
    Let the canola oil or butter warm for a moment. Put a tortilla into the pan, heat for 1 minute and then turn it over to the other side.
    Fill the tortillas with the spiced meat mixture, and top with grated (favorite) cheese, lettuce, greek yogurt and, if you like (your preferred) salsa.

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      December 26, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      That’s so sweet that you named it after your son! These sound fantastic! I’ll have to make them on my next date night with my boyfriend!

      Reply
  • Debbie K
    February 3, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Wanting to follow your blog…

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      February 7, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Debbie! You can subscribe on the right side bar 🙂

      Reply
  • Alexander
    April 20, 2018 at 7:58 am

    It is great article on “CHIPOTLE CHORIZO TACOS”.It is new for me so will try it for sure.Keep posting such kind of dishes.

    Reply
  • Ruth
    April 22, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    What can I say about this recipe? Well, this is gorgeous, delicious and it made my tongue so smoky, spicy! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      April 23, 2018 at 9:36 am

      Thank you, Ruth! You are most welcome!

      Reply
  • Snegolenka
    May 4, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    You know that your photos look delicious? And while I was reading the text, I just felt an irresistible desire to eat this yummy! I will cook it today, because until tomorrow I can not wait.

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      May 7, 2018 at 10:52 am

      I hope you enjoy!

      Reply
  • Pinocchio Pizza
    May 16, 2018 at 4:23 am

    It is great recipe.taccos has been one my favourite dish. I love the way you have represent it. great work..!!!

    Reply
  • Bita Aliakbarzadeh
    December 2, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I absolutely LOVE! spicy food. These are wonderful recipes.

    Reply
  • Bita Aliakbarzadeh
    December 2, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    I absolutely LOVE! Your recipes.

    Reply

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