I never buy store prepared tacos because they are filled with additives, preservatives, have been sitting in plastic and old and processed. I love my tacos to taste fresh and full of flavor. I make everything from scratch in my own kitchen! It’s as easy as playing with playdough..all you need is water and masa. My favorite Masa is from Gold Mine natural foods – no GMO’s and tastes delicious!

masa harina, a finely ground and treated corn flour, which has a distinct fragrance and taste that’s a byproduct of soaking the dried corn in limewater before grinding.

What’s the difference between masa harina and cornmeal, you ask? Well, the dried corn used to make masa harina undergoes a process called nixtamalizationAccording to the helpful website, WiseGeek, this nixtamalization is defined as:

“…a process which involves soaking a grain in a highly alkaline solution to loosen the outer hull, which is known as the pericarp. When grains are nixtamalized, the solution frees up available nutrients and proteins in the grain, making it accessible to consumers and thereby raising the nutritional value of the grain.”

Soaking the corn in an alkaline solution (usually limewater a.k.a. calcium hydroxide or wood ash) transforms the now softened corn into a substance perfect for making dough (unlike regular corn meal). Additionally, the limewater fortifies the corn with calcium and through chemical reaction enables the dietary nutrient, niacin, also known as Vitamin B3, to be absorbed by our bodies when consuming the masa harina.”

(Just in case you didn’t know what Masa was)
My favorite type of taco is a fish taco made with the freshest of fish caught right here in the Florida Keys and topped with fresh avocado, cilantro, tomatoes and sauteed onion. I cook the fish in a cast iron skillet and put it on top of the fresh Masa tortilla and all my favorite toppings!

Here is my super simple Pico De Gallo recipe that you can make for your own celebration!
What you will need:
Tomatoes
Lime Juice
Jalapeno
Green Pepper
Red Pepper
Onion
Salt
Pepper
Chop the tomatoes, jalapeno. green pepper, red pepper, and onion. You can chop finely or you can chop more coarse, it all depends on your liking! Add them all together into a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add lime juice to your preference. Stir and allow to chill for about 30 minutes in the fridge and then serve with fresh homemade tacos or tortilla chips!

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