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Tacos de Chapulines

Get ready for a culinary adventure as we dive into the world of Mexican cuisine with a unique and flavorful dish – Tacos de Chapulines.

These crunchy critters, known as chapulines, are grasshoppers commonly enjoyed in various regions of Mexico. Embrace the bold flavors and discover the thrill of tasting something extraordinary.

Key Takeaways

  • For the Adventurous Eater: If you’re looking to step out of your culinary comfort zone, Chapulines Tacos are the perfect choice.
  • Quick and Easy: With a preparation time of around 30 minutes, this dish is ideal for those busy days when you crave a distinctive and speedy meal.
  • Protein-packed Goodness: Chapulines are rich in protein, making this a nutritious option for those seeking alternative protein sources.

About This Recipe

Chapulines Tacos showcase the vibrant and diverse flavors of Mexican street food. The star of the show is the chapulines, bringing a satisfying crunch and a unique earthy taste to your taco experience.

Equipment Required

  • Skillet
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tongs
  • Tortilla warmer or kitchen towel


  • 1 cup chapulines (cleaned and deveined)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Corn tortillas
  • Salsa verde for topping
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. Prepare the Chapulines: In a skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Toss in chapulines, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Sauté until chapulines are crispy, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Warm the Tortillas: Heat the corn tortillas in a dry skillet or microwave, keeping them warm in a tortilla warmer or under a kitchen towel.
  3. Assemble Tacos: Spoon the seasoned chapulines onto the warm tortillas. Top with salsa verde, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.
  4. Serve and Enjoy: These tacos are best enjoyed immediately, savoring the crunch and bold flavors of chapulines.

Side Dishes

Pair your Chapulines Tacos with traditional Mexican rice and refried beans for a complete and satisfying meal.

Storage Options

Chapulines Tacos are best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers, store the chapulines in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in a skillet for a crispy texture.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • If chapulines are unavailable, you can substitute with grilled shrimp or seasoned tofu for a vegetarian option.
  • Experiment with different salsas to customize the flavor profile.


Explore other Mexican delicacies like Tlayudas or Huaraches for a diverse culinary experience.


Chapulines Tacos offer a bold and exciting journey into the heart of Mexican street food. Embrace the adventure, savor the crunch, and delight in the unique flavors that chapulines bring to your table. ¡Buen provecho!