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Tacos de Jícama Recipe

Tacos de jicama are tacos made using jicama slices as a low-carb alternative to flour or corn tortillas. Jicama is a root vegetable (Mexican Turnip) with a texture similar to an apple and a slightly sweet, nutty flavor. To make jicama tacos, the jicama is sliced thinly and used as a wrap for taco fillings such as pork carnitas, beef barbacoa, or plant-based options like jackfruit carnitas. The jicama slices can be served cold or heated up in a nonstick skillet with homemade chipotle seasoning. Jicama tacos are a great option for those looking for a low-carb alternative to traditional tacos and can be garnished with toppings like cilantro, red onions, and hot sauce.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Health-conscious individuals, those on a low-carb or ketogenic diet, and anyone looking to try a new and exciting variation of tacos.
  • Estimated Duration: Preparation time is around 15-30 minutes, and cooking time can vary based on the filling chosen.
  • Nutrition Facts: Jícama is a low-calorie vegetable rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, and essential minerals.

About This Recipe

This recipe provides a simple yet flavorful approach to preparing Tacos de Jícama, focusing on fresh ingredients and a variety of textures and tastes.

Equipment Required

  • Mandolin Slicer or Sharp Knife
  • Frying Pan (if cooking meat or other fillings)


  • 1 large jícama, peeled and sliced into thin rounds.
  • Filling of your choice (ground turkey, shrimp, or a vegetarian/vegan option like black beans or sautéed vegetables).
  • Garnishes such as lime juice, black olives, chopped cilantro, chopped jalapeños, and hot sauce.
  • Optional: Smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt, egg whites, chopped kale, diced red onion, microgreens, and lime wedges for a more elaborate filling.


  1. Preparation: Begin by peeling the jícama and slicing it into thin rounds using a mandolin slicer or a very sharp knife. These rounds will serve as your taco shells.
  2. Filling: Prepare the filling of your choice. If using meat, cook it thoroughly in a frying pan until it’s fully cooked. If opting for a vegetarian or vegan filling, sautée the vegetables or heat the beans until warm.
  3. Assembly: Place a generous amount of filling on each jícama round. Garnish with your choice of toppings such as lime juice, black olives, chopped cilantro, chopped jalapeños, and hot sauce.
  4. Serving: Serve immediately, accompanied by extra garnishes and sauces on the side.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican Rice
  • Refried Beans
  • Guacamole and Salsa
  • Fresh Salad

Storage Options

  • Store leftover jícama rounds and fillings separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • If jícama is not available, you can use lettuce wraps or thinly sliced cucumber as an alternative for the taco shells.

Alternatives to This Meal

  • Traditional Tacos
  • Lettuce Wrap Tacos
  • Bell Pepper Tacos

A number of taco recipes can be found on this page.


Tacos de Jícama is a healthy and refreshing choice for anyone looking to enjoy a lighter version of the classic taco. The crispness of jícama combined with a flavorful filling and fresh garnishes makes for a satisfying and nutritious meal.