Grilled Lamb Taco

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Grilled Lamb Taco [1] [2] is a traditional street food in Mexico, a delicacy.


  • 1 pound lamb loin or lamb sirloin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp ground ancho chile
  • 1 tsp ground Californnia or guajilllo chile
  • 2 tsp ground chipotle chile
  • 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 12 warm corn tortillas
  • diced white onions mixed with chopped cilantro


  1. Prepare lamb by removing the fat and silverskin with a knife.
  2. Cut meat into smaller pieces.
  3. Create a paste with; oil, salt, garlic and ginger.
  4. Include the ground chiles adn cocoa by stirring.
  5. Rub this mixture all over the meat.
  6. Cover the meat, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  7. Warm pan over medium-high heat.
  8. Cook lamb to medium-rare, ~5 min on each side.
  9. Let meat sit on warm plate.
  10. Slice meat to gently pile on tortilla.
  11. Top with onion and cilantro mix.
  12. (optional) Serve with salsa on the side along with beans for a traditional meal.


  1. Schneider, Deborah (2010). Amor Y Tacos. Stewart, Tabori & Chang. pp. 93. ISBN 978-1-58479-824-8. 
  2. Poore, Marge (1993). 365 Easy Mexican Recipes. HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.. pp. 201. ISBN 0-06-016963-X.