Authentic Octopus Tacos, photo by Fernanda AlvarezPhoto by Fernanda Alvarez

Authentic Octopus Tacos

Cuisine: Latin
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8-10 tacos
These authentic octopus tacos pack plenty of protein and vitamin B-12. They are tasty, healthy and easy to make. Prepare them for lunch, and if there are octopus leftovers you can save them for a tasty salad.

Nothing says summer like seafood tacos, and these are truly authentic octopus tacos from Mexico. Each bite is packed with cushiony and crunchy textures from the octopus and tortilla alike. If you consider yourself a food adventurer, then you’ve come to the right place!

Ingredients

  • 1 Octopus whole
  • 1 orange
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 - 4 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup guajillo chile
  • flour tortillas

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Directions

  1. In a large, deep pot, bring water to a boil and add the orange, red onion and bay leaves.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the octopus. Keep the flame on medium and let it boil for 30 minutes.
  3. While it's boiling, prepare the sauce with olive oil, toasted guajillo, garlic, salt and pepper. Reserve.
  4. Once the octopus cools down, cut it up into about 1-2 inch pieces.
  5. Toss the diced octopus into the guajillo mixture and fry in a large skillet until charred. Approximately 5 minutes.
  6. Grill the flour tortillas and serve with a few lime wedges.
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