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Tacos Placeros (Marketplace Tacos)

Tacos Placeros, or “Marketplace Tacos,” are an authentic Mexican street food classic. Known for their generous size and variety of fillings, these tacos are a full meal in themselves. If you’re craving a hearty taco that you can customize to your heart’s content, Tacos Placeros are the way to go.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Fans of hefty, customizable meals, street food enthusiasts, and those who enjoy traditional Mexican dishes.
  • Estimated Duration: Prep time: 20 minutes, Cooking time: 30 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 400-500 calories per serving, depending on fillings and size.

About this Recipe

Tacos Placeros are often found in Mexican markets and street food stalls. They typically consist of a large corn tortilla loaded with a variety of fillings such as meat, rice, beans, and vegetables. The options are virtually endless, making it a go-to choice for a satisfying, customizable meal.

Equipment Required

  • Skillet or frying pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Spatula
  • Griddle or non-stick skillet for tortillas


  • Large corn tortillas: 4 pieces
  • Cooked meat (chicken, pork, or beef): 2 cups, shredded or diced
  • Rice: 1 cup, cooked
  • Refried beans: 1 cup
  • Lettuce: 1 cup, shredded
  • Tomatoes: 1 cup, diced
  • Avocado: 1, sliced
  • Cheese (queso fresco or mozzarella): 1 cup, shredded
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Optional garnishes: salsa, sour cream, chopped cilantro


  1. Prep Fillings: Cook or reheat the meat, rice, and refried beans. Prepare the lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado.
  2. Heat Tortillas: Warm the large corn tortillas on a griddle or non-stick skillet over medium heat until pliable.
  3. Assemble Base: Place a tortilla on a plate. Spread a layer of refried beans followed by a layer of rice.
  4. Add Meat: Layer your choice of cooked meat on top of the rice.
  5. Load Veggies: Add shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and avocado slices.
  6. Sprinkle Cheese: Finish with a generous sprinkle of shredded cheese.
  7. Garnish: Top with salsa, sour cream, or chopped cilantro if desired.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican street corn (Elote)
  • Fruit salad with a sprinkle of chili powder
  • Fresh limeade or horchata

Storage Options

  • Store leftover fillings separately in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Assemble fresh tacos when ready to eat for best texture and flavor.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Flour tortillas can be used for a softer texture.
  • Vegan cheese and plant-based meats can be used for a vegan version.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Tacos de Canasta: Soft tacos steamed in a basket, often with simpler fillings.
  • Tacos de Cazuela: Tacos filled with various stews or casseroles.
  • Tacos al Pastor: Tacos featuring marinated pork cooked on a vertical rotisserie.

A number of taco recipes can be found on this page


Tacos Placeros are a hearty and satisfying dish that brings the bustling energy of Mexican marketplaces to your table. With endless options for customization, these tacos are perfect for a family meal where everyone can build their own culinary masterpiece. A true feast in taco form! Happy cooking!