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Tacos de Cazón (Baby Shark Taco)

Tacos de Cazón bring the flavors of the sea to your table with their unique ingredient: baby shark, or “cazón” in Spanish. This dish is particularly popular in the state of Campeche, Mexico, and offers a unique blend of oceanic flavors and traditional Mexican spices.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Seafood lovers, adventurous eaters, and those interested in regional Mexican dishes.
  • Estimated Duration: Prep time: 30 minutes, Cooking time: 45 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 300-350 calories per serving, rich in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.

About this Recipe

Tacos de Cazón feature cooked shark meat that’s usually simmered in a tomato-based sauce with spices and capers. The result is a moist, flavorful filling that’s then tucked into tortillas and often garnished with pickled onions and other condiments.

Equipment Required

  • Large skillet or saucepan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Spatula or spoon

Ingredients

  • Corn tortillas: 12 pieces
  • Cazón (baby shark meat): 1 lb, cut into small chunks
  • Tomatoes: 4 medium, chopped
  • Onion: 1 large, chopped
  • Garlic cloves: 3, minced
  • Capers: 2 tablespoons
  • Olive oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Pepper: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Optional garnishes: pickled red onions, chopped cilantro, lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Cook Cazón: In a pot of boiling salted water, cook the cazón chunks until they turn white, about 5-7 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Prepare Sauce: In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic, sautéing until translucent. Add chopped tomatoes, capers, salt, and pepper.
  3. Combine with Cazón: Add the cooked cazón chunks to the tomato sauce. Simmer on low heat for about 20-30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  4. Warm Tortillas: While the cazón is simmering, warm the corn tortillas on a griddle or skillet until they become pliable.
  5. Assemble Tacos: Spoon a generous amount of the cazón mixture onto each tortilla.
  6. Garnish and Serve: Add optional garnishes like pickled red onions, chopped cilantro, or a squeeze of lime.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican-style rice
  • Coleslaw or cabbage salad
  • Fresh fruit or fruit salsa

Storage Options

  • Store leftover cazón mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Reheat gently on the stove before assembling new tacos.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Other firm white fish can be used if cazón is not available.
  • Olives can replace capers for a different briny element.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Tacos de Pescado: Tacos featuring grilled or fried fish fillets.
  • Tacos de Camarón: Shrimp tacos, often sautéed or grilled.
  • Tacos de Pulpo: Tacos filled with cooked octopus.

A number of taco recipes can be found on this page

Conclusion

Tacos de Cazón offer a unique seafood experience, featuring the rich flavors of baby shark meat combined with a tangy tomato-based sauce. This dish provides a wonderful introduction to the regional cuisine of Campeche and is a must-try for seafood lovers and culinary adventurers alike. Happy cooking!