These chicken tacos dorados remind Pablo Lorenzo of his childhood in Acapulco, Mexico. His mom would make this recipe often, and it’s easy to understand why! Chicken tacos dorados are crunchy-delicioso and his entire family loved them. As a bonus, this dish is fácil to make, and the ingredients are affordable and readily available. Pablo still remembers the day his mom taught him how to make her family-famous recipe for tacos dorados. “It was a good bonding experience and one of my favorite memories I have with my mom,” Pablo said.
Today, Pablo lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. And now he is the one making this dish for his family, especially on a cold day. The vegetable-filled broth and flavorful tacos are warm enough to beat back the Chicago chill. The chicken in the tacos is cooked in the broth, which is the secret for why the broth, chicken, and vegetables are all so flavorful. Pablo especially likes that this recipe reduces food waste, since everything gets eaten. And in the hot summer months, the tacos can always be eaten on their own and the broth frozen and saved for a wintry day. Serve them with your favorite salsa, says Pablo. Whichever you like best: smoky red or spicy green.
Another reason why Pablo loves this dish: its versatility. “If we ever get tired of the chicken, we can always swap it out with just potatoes or requesón,” Pablo said. Requesón is a traditional Mexican cheese similar to ricotta. The flexibility of this dish means his family never gets tired of it. He reports they look forward to eating it as much as Pablo did when he was growing up in Acapulco.
Just as Pablo learned to love cooking from his mother, he is proud to pass down this recipe and his love of making traditional Mexican dishes to his daughter Odalys Lorenzo, a college student in the Chicago area. Odalys reports she enjoys learning about (and eating!) traditional foods that celebrate her Mexican heritage—like these tacos dorados and her Tia Rosie’s chicken enchiladas with zucchini & serranos.