Tacos de Canasta

Tacos de Canasta

12 tacos
Pati Jinich
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cheese, cilantro, corn tortillas, epazote, garlic, green onions, jalapeno, onion, pati's mexican table, requesón, tacos, Tomatoes
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Tacos de Canasta recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 4, Episode 3 “Taco Night”


  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/2 -inch slice of white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup finely sliced scallions, or cebollitas de cambray in Mexico
  • 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and finely chopped, more or less to taste
  • 1 pound roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro or epazote
  • 1 pound (about 2 1/2 cups) requesón or farmer’s cheese

To Prepare

  • Prepare a basket: Line it with large, thick layers of plastic wrap to cover the entire interior of the basket (they should be big enough that they cover the interior of the basket and fold over the top). Place a couple kitchen towels in the bottom of the basket on top of the plastic. Lastly, add butchers’ style paper or parchment paper on top of the kitchen towels and on the side of the basket.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat enough oil to come 1/2-inch up the sides of the pan. Once hot, add the onion slice and garlic cloves, let them brown for at least 10 minutes.
  • Pass the corn tortillas, one by one with a set of tongs, “through hot oil.” That is, quickly fry for 3 seconds per side, and set on a cooling rack or plate covered with paper towels, until all are done.
  • In another skillet, set over medium heat, pour 3 tablespoons of the onion and garlic seasoned oil. Once hot, add the scallions or cebollitas and chile, and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes until softened. Add the tomatoes and salt, and cook stirring occasionally, for about 8 to 10 minutes until completely cooked and mushy. Stir in cilantro or epazote, cook for a couple more minutes and remove from heat. In a mixing bowl, combine the requesón, along with the tomato mixture and season with more salt to taste, if needed.
  • Pre-heat a comal or skillet over medium heat.
  • One by one, add a couple tablespoons of the cheese and tomato mix into a fried tortilla and fold into a half-moon shape. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas. (You may eat them at this point, but they won’t be “basket” or “sweaty” tacos yet!) Place the filled tortillas on the hot comal or skillet. Heat thoroughly for about a minute per side.
  • Arrange the heated tacos in layers in the basket as they come off comal. Once you are done, add another layer of paper over the tacos, cover with another kitchen towel, and finally the plastic, which should fold over it all from the interior lining of the basket. Let the tacos rest and sweat (at least 10 minutes) and keep covered until ready to eat.
  • Serve with your choice of salsa, slices of Mexican avocado or pickled jalapeños.

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  1. I love your TV show. You are so much fun to watch! I love that you take us on a journey and introduce us to new flavors and new foods! Your son’s are a joy too and they appreciate your cooking.
    I would love to meet you some time!
    I live in Southern California!
    Keep up the great work you are doing!
    Ginger Aldrete

  2. Hello Pati!!! My name is titus im 14 and i went to my uncles house who is your biggest fan and we just made these FABULOUS tacos!!! They were the best tacos ive ever had and want to thank you for all of your AMAZING recipes!! We are making some mexican French toast in the morning and i just cant wait. We all love your show and have TONS of fun making your dishes!! I hope your having as good of a day as we are.

    Adios amiga,
    Titus and family

    1. You can make them a few hours ahead, as the more they wait, the more they sweat….and they are supposed to be super sweaty! Just keep them covered and warm in the oven. Just remember that tacos the canasta are supposed to be soggy….

  3. Hi pati I really want to make this tacos is it OK if I add chorizo! What do you think what other fillings can I use?

    1. They will be phenomenal with chorizo. You can also do potato and chorizo or poato and rajas. You really can make them anything as long as the filling isn’t too wet. Chicken Tinga is divine in there too.