Blackened Salmon Tacos with charred corn, avocado salsa, and cotija cheese are delicious any day of the week!
I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Can you believe September is just 10 days away? The weather in Nashville this weekend was much cooler and it feels like fall is coming on early. As summer winds down, myself and other Recipe Redux members are reflecting on our summer vacation memories with a travel-inspired recipe.
When I visited Austin for the first time a couple weeks ago, eating tacos was high on my list of things to do. So when I was picked up at the airport, we immediately went to Torchy’s Tacos, an Austin original. I love the story of how Torchy’s Tacos was started and how their tagline “Damn Good Tacos” originated.
And it’s true….these tacos are damn good. So good that one visit to Torchy’s wasn’t enough. On the first trip, I tried the Fried Avocado Taco (but I ordered mine un-fried!) and the Democrat, a Beef Barbacoa taco (both pictured above). I loved both of the tacos + they have the best queso dip EVERRRR. Probably has something to do with the fact that they add guacamole and diablo hot sauce.
On the second trip I decided to try something different because YOLO, right? The Mr. Orange taco, a blackened salmon taco with grilled corn, black bean relish, queso freso, cilantro, and avocado salsa, was calling my name. I’m not exaggerating when I say this was the best taco I’ve ever had. Even before I found out what this month’s Recipe Redux theme was I had every intention of recreating this taco at home.Blackened Salmon Tacos inspired by a trip to #Austin TX #thereciperedux Click To Tweet
You’ll notice that I made a few minor changes in my recipe from what’s listed on Torchy’s menu. I did not include black beans, solely because I didn’t have any on hand, and instead of queso freso, I used cotija cheese. I found cotija cheese in my local grocery store in the specialty cheese section (near the deli case). Cotija cheese is dense and crumbly and has a great saltiness to it which is perfect for the tacos but a little goes a long way.
While it isn’t an exact recreation of the Mr. Orange taco, I think my version is pretty close. One thing is for sure…this is a damn good taco 🙂
Did you have a memorable meal during a trip this summer? Tell me about it in a comment below!
Be sure to check out all of the other vacation-inspired recipes from fellow Recipe Redux members by scrolling through the recipe gallery.