Garden Taco with Guajillo Roasted Carrots, Avocado, Cotija Cheese

The Guajillo (wha-hee-oh) chile is the most common dried chile in Mexico after the Ancho. The flavor of the Guajillo is distinct, slightly fruity with a strong piney, berry under taste. Guajillo flavors dished easily so a little goes a long way. This chile is between a 2-4 on the heat scale of 1-10. Guajillo, combined with the Passilla and Ancho, form the holy trinity of chiles used to prepare the traditional mole sauces.

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  • 1½ cups Mexican tortilla dry masa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup carrot puree
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • ¾ pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 15 guajillo dried chilies
  • 1 arbol chili
  • 5 Roma tomatoes, halved
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 cup crumbled corn chips
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds heirloom carrots, scrubbed
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup cotija cheese


  • Combine masa and salt.
  • Add carrot puree and oil, mixing in carrot juice slowly until it forms a dough. Shape into small balls and use a tortilla press to flatten.
  • Render the bacon fat; save bacon for other use.
  • Add onions and garlic; caramelize.
  • Add tomato paste, cook 5 minutes. Stir in chiles. Add tomatoes, chicken stock and cilantro.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Add corn chips and blend in a food processor until completely smooth.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Toss carrots salt, pepper and olive oil to coat; roast in a 350 F degree oven until firm but tender; place in guajillo sauce.
  • Cook tortillas on griddle top and add roasted guajillo carrots.
  • Top with avocado, grated cotija cheese and cilantro.

Recipe from Food Fanatics, 2016