Cooking at Home: Spam Tacos

with Chef Robert Larios
Photography by Patricia M. Larios

I am here at home, staying at home, during the COVID-19 emergency. But the cooking continues on!

The center of attention in this recipe is Spam (the pork-based goodness in a tin from Hormel, not the email nuisance). Love it or hate it, it has been a staple in many households for generations. Spam tacos may be an unusual combination, but I am here to say that the combination works! And it is easy to make.

I must say though, that grocery shopping has been challenging even for Chef Larios in this COVID-19 era we live in, as some ingredients have been hard to find. For instance, in this recipe, I could not get a hold of cilantro. I did however have romaine lettuce in the refrigerator. Also, I did not have salsa on hand, so as a substitute for that extra heat I diced a serrano pepper. Another option could be one of your favorite hot sauces.

Nonetheless, give this quick and easy recipe a try, especially if you have never had Spam because I will bet that you will become a fan!

¡Buen provecho!



RECIPE: Cooking at Home: Spam Tacos

Yields5 Servings

 12 oz can Spam Classic, sliced into strips
 1 small onion, diced
 ½ cup chopped cilantro or 1 stalk of romaine lettuce, finely chopped
 1 red tomato
 1 medium red onion
 1 serrano pepper (optional)
 1 lime, sliced for garnish and for squeezing juice onto tacos for additional flavors
 1 package taco-size corn tortillas, warmed
 Salsa for serving (optional but recommended)

1

Step 1
Wash, dry and prepare by dicing of tomato, red onion, and romaine lettuce. Optional – finely dice one serrano pepper. Set aside.

2

Step 2
In large skillet, over medium-high heat, cook Spam 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. (I like mine closer to golden-brown and crispy.)

3

Step 3
In a large flat skillet such as a crepe skillet or flat griddle (in Mexican cuisine, we call it “el comal”), over medium-high heat, warm tortillas until they are slightly toasted

4

Step 4
Place Spam in tortillas with onion, tomato, cilantro (or romaine lettuce). Serve with salsa and squeeze a little lime juice to amplify the flavors. Enjoy!

Ingredients

 12 oz can Spam Classic, sliced into strips
 1 small onion, diced
 ½ cup chopped cilantro or 1 stalk of romaine lettuce, finely chopped
 1 red tomato
 1 medium red onion
 1 serrano pepper (optional)
 1 lime, sliced for garnish and for squeezing juice onto tacos for additional flavors
 1 package taco-size corn tortillas, warmed
 Salsa for serving (optional but recommended)

Directions

1

Step 1
Wash, dry and prepare by dicing of tomato, red onion, and romaine lettuce. Optional – finely dice one serrano pepper. Set aside.

2

Step 2
In large skillet, over medium-high heat, cook Spam 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. (I like mine closer to golden-brown and crispy.)

3

Step 3
In a large flat skillet such as a crepe skillet or flat griddle (in Mexican cuisine, we call it “el comal”), over medium-high heat, warm tortillas until they are slightly toasted

4

Step 4
Place Spam in tortillas with onion, tomato, cilantro (or romaine lettuce). Serve with salsa and squeeze a little lime juice to amplify the flavors. Enjoy!

Cooking at Home: Spam Tacos

Cooking TIDBIT

If you don’t have cilantro, much like I didn’t, you may use lettuce. No salsa? Use your favorite hot sauce or serrano pepper but use caution with the heat. Feel free to add your favorite cheese to the dish as well.


Kids Can! Children can participate by washing the produce and also sprinkling the diced tomato, onion and cilantro (or romaine lettuce) onto the tacos.

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