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Tacos Árabes Recipe

Tacos Arabes. This traditional recipe will give you the authentic flavors from one of the most popular tacos in the City of Puebla, Mexico. Pork cooked with herbs & spices, in a thin flatbread that resembles a pita bread.
Course Tacos
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 2 hours
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 - 14 Tacos
Calories 111kcal


To make the Arabes tacos meat

  • 500 g – 1 lb pork steak sliced thinly in strips
  • Marinade for the Tacos Árabes Meat
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp standard white vinegar
  • 1 large Spanish onion sliced in thin wedges
  • A handful of finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil

To make the Tacos Arabes Traditional Salsa

  • 5 dried chipotles or 60g – 4 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 1 tbsp fresh or dried oregano
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste*
  • 125 ml – 4.22 fl oz water
  • 4 tbsp standard white vinegar •1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt


To make the Arabes tacos meat

  • Mix all the ingredients, except for the oil, in a bowl or re-sealable bag. Make sure the meat is covered evenly in the marinade and leave to rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours or even overnight if possible.
  • To cook, first drain the excess liquid from your meat, then heat the oil in a big pan and fry gently until it cooks, will take about 15 minutes on medium heat.
  • Serve with hot soft pita or flour tortillas.

To make Tacos Arabes

  • Remove the stem from the chilies and discard the seeds. Use all of the water to boil them for five minutes, after that leave them soaking for five more minutes to cool.
  • In a blender, mix all the ingredients including the water you used to boil the chilies. Blend until it turns into a smooth puree and season with salt to taste.
  • If you’re using a paste, proceed to put all the ingredients directly in a blender and puree, and season with salt last.

* The traditional recipe that taquerias use does not contain any tomatoes, poblanos really love very spiced and piquant salsas! So I have added the tomato paste to round the flavors and make them less sharp and strong.

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      Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 4.6mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.1mg