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This Is The Secret to the Best Tacos

- Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kay Clark
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kay Clark

Hint: It's light, fresh, and oh-so delicious!

It’s a magical word that seems to lift the spirits of all who hear it – tacos. They’re crunchy on the outside and overflowing with delicious Mexican flavor on the inside. We all have our favorite taco recipe on hold for the nights when life has become a little overwhelming and dinner needs to be fast and tasty. After all, tacos are one of the few dishes that please everyone in the family.

Whether you fill your tacos with chicken, beef, or fish, Southern folks all have a go-to style for the popular dish. It may be a specific hot sauce or a unique topping, or it could be the perfect margarita or salsa on the side. We’re here to tell you about one secret ingredient that will give your taco night the mouthwatering upgrade you’ve been searching for, and it’s probably not what you think.

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It’s light, fresh, and oh-so simple – queso fresco. With summer right around the corner, this is the perfect cheese to sprinkle on top all of your food. The airy consistency makes it ideal for those humid Southern days. Similar to ricotta and feta, this cheese is flavorful without overwhelming the taste of your main dish.

It’s soft texture and mild flavor beautifully complement the heartiness of tacos. Queso fresco is creamier and saltier than most cheeses, making it more authentic to a true Mexican-style dish. It provides a refreshing contrast to a heavier, more robust meal.

The “fresh cheese” is usually made from raw cow milk or a combination of cow and goat milk. It is often used to top off many Mexican dishes like enchiladas, huevos rancheros, and chilaquiles. Do yourself a favor, and be sure to give queso fresco a try next time taco night rolls around. Let us know what you think.

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