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Street Tacos

Our last cooking class of 2023 we made recipes inspired by my upcoming release, The Magic All Around. There's a food truck that’s parked at the festival where Mattie and Penelope have set up a booth. Lucy suggests they grab lunch, and these tacos are on the menu.

Street Tacos

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

Yield: 8 tacos



1 pound chicken thighs, boneless skinless, or chicken breasts

2 cloves garlic minced

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika, optional

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or onion powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

8 small corn or flour tortillas


For the pico de gallo:

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1/2 cup finely chopped tomato

1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

1 finely chopped jalapeño, deseeded

1 teaspoon lime juice

Pinch salt and pepper


For the cilantro sauce:

1/4 cup mayo or sour cream

1/4 cup Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 tablespoons minced cilantro

Pinch of salt and pepper



1. Add the chicken, garlic, olive oil, lime, and spices, to a large bowl or zip-seal bag and stir or shake to combine.

2. Heat a large pan to medium-high heat. Cook chicken 6–7 minutes per side or until it is no longer pink and the internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove from heat and cool for at least 5 minutes. Slice or chop into small cubes.

3. While the chicken is cooking, make the pico de gallo. Mix the chopped tomato, jalapeno, onion, cilantro, and lime juice in a small bowl. Char tortillas on the stovetop over the flame until lightly charred (this step is optional).

Assemble tacos by placing about 1/4 cup of chicken into each tortilla.

4. To make cilantro sauce: combine mayo or sour cream, Greek yogurt, lime juice, minced cilantro, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Top the chicken with a few tablespoons of the pico de gallon mixture and a drizzle of cilantro sauce. To customize tacos, feel free to add sliced avocados or guacamole, chopped tomatoes, corn, and/or shredded cheese.



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