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Tacos de Milanesa

Tacos de Milanesa is a type of taco that is made with breaded and fried beef or chicken cutlets. The meat is typically pounded thin, breaded with flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, and then fried until crispy. 

Once the meat is cooked, it is served in warm tortillas and topped with various garnishes, such as chopped onion, cilantro, and lime wedges. Tacos de Milanesa is a popular dish in Mexican cuisine and is often served as a hearty and filling meal. 

The exact ingredients used in Tacos de Milanesa can vary depending on the recipe and the region of Mexico, but they typically include breaded and fried beef or chicken cutlets, tortillas, and various toppings and seasonings

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Meat lovers, taco enthusiasts, and fans of Mexican cuisine.
  • Estimated Duration: Prep time: 20 minutes, Cooking time: 15 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 400-450 calories per serving, high in protein.

About this Recipe

Tacos de Milanesa can be made with a variety of meats, but beef and chicken are the most popular choices. This recipe focuses on beef Milanesa, which is thinly sliced, breaded, and fried to golden perfection. It’s then served in a corn tortilla and garnished to taste.

Equipment Required

  • Meat tenderizer
  • Two shallow dishes
  • Frying pan
  • Tongs
  • Paper towels
  • Cutting board
  • Knife


  • Beef steaks, thinly sliced: 4 pieces (around 1.5 lbs)
  • Corn tortillas: 8 pieces
  • Eggs: 2, beaten
  • Bread crumbs: 1 cup
  • All-purpose flour: 1 cup
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Oil for frying: around 1 cup
  • Optional garnishes: lime, cilantro, onion, salsa


  1. Tenderize the Meat: Use a meat tenderizer to pound the beef slices until they are about 1/4-inch thick.
  2. Season: Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the meat.
  3. Prepare Coating Station: In one shallow dish, place beaten eggs. In another, mix bread crumbs and flour.
  4. Dip and Coat: Dip each piece of meat in the egg, then coat with the breadcrumb-flour mixture.
  5. Heat Oil: In a frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  6. Fry Milanesa: Fry each breaded meat slice for about 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  7. Drain: Remove and place on paper towels to drain excess oil.
  8. Assemble Tacos: Place a piece of Milanesa in a corn tortilla and garnish as desired.

Side Dishes

Storage Options

  • Store leftover Milanesa in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in a pan or oven for best texture.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Chicken or pork can replace beef.
  • Panko crumbs can be used instead of regular bread crumbs for extra crispiness.

Alternatives to this Meal

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Tacos de Milanesa are a delicious and versatile dish that bring the flavors of Mexican street food into your kitchen. With just a few simple steps, you can enjoy this crispy, meaty delight. Happy cooking!