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Tacos de Salbutes Recipe

Tacos de Salbutes are a type of taco that originated in the Yucatan region of Mexico. They are made with a deep-fried tortilla that is topped with various ingredients, such as shredded chicken, black beans, or vegetables, and then garnished with toppings like lettuce, avocado, and pickled red onions. 

Salbutes are similar to tostadas, but they are made with fresh masa instead of pre-cooked tortillas, which gives them a light and crispy texture. The exact ingredients used in Salbutes can vary depending on the recipe and the region of Mexico, but they typically include masa, water, salt, and various fillings and toppings. Salbutes are a popular street food in Mexico and are often sold in outdoor markets and other public spaces

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Lovers of deep-fried foods, fans of Yucatecan cuisine, and those who want a unique taco experience.
  • Estimated Duration: Prep time: 20 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 300-350 calories per serving, with moderate fat due to deep-frying.

About this Recipe

Salbutes originate from the Yucatán Peninsula and are characterized by their puffy, deep-fried tortillas. They can be filled with anything from shredded chicken to pulled pork, vegetables, or even seafood, allowing for endless customization.

Equipment Required

  • Deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot
  • Tongs
  • Paper towels
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cutting board
  • Knife


  • Corn tortillas: 10 pieces
  • Chicken breast: 1 lb, cooked and shredded
  • Lettuce: 1 cup, shredded
  • Tomatoes: 1 cup, diced
  • Avocado: 1, sliced
  • Oil for frying: around 2 cups
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Optional garnishes: lime wedges, salsa, cilantro


  1. Heat Oil: In a deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, heat oil to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Fry Tortillas: Using tongs, carefully lower each tortilla into the hot oil. Fry until puffy and golden, about 2 minutes per side.
  3. Drain: Remove the fried tortillas and place them on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Prepare Filling: In a bowl, mix shredded chicken, lettuce, and diced tomatoes.
  5. Assemble Salbutes: Place a generous spoonful of the filling on each fried tortilla. Top with avocado slices and optional garnishes.

Side Dishes

  • Black bean soup
  • Mexican-style corn on the cob
  • Fresh fruit like pineapple or mango slices

Storage Options

  • Store leftover fried tortillas in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven to restore crispiness.
  • Keep any unused filling in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Flour tortillas can replace corn tortillas for a different texture.
  • Any lean meat or even tofu can substitute for chicken.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Tacos de Panucho: Another Yucatecan specialty with a bean-filled tortilla.
  • Tacos Dorados: Rolled and fried tacos filled with meat or potatoes.
  • Tacos de Canasta: “Basket” tacos, steamed and served warm.

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


Tacos de Salbutes offer a fun twist on the traditional taco, with their puffy, deep-fried tortillas and versatile fillings. Whether you’re a taco aficionado or a newcomer to Mexican cuisine, Salbutes provide a delicious and unique eating experience. So get that oil hot and start frying! Happy cooking!