Get ready to add flavor and color to your taco night with these vibrant and delicious hibiscus flower tacos! So, next time you make agua fresca de jamaica, save the blossoms to make hibiscus flower tacos.
About this recipe
Tacos are a beloved dish worldwide for their versatility and endless flavor possibilities. But have you ever tried hibiscus flower tacos? This delicious and colorful plant-based option is perfect for spicing up their taco game while adding a unique twist to their meals.
In this post, we’ll explore hibiscus’s origins and nutritional benefits and show you how to make mouthwatering hibiscus flower tacos that will impress your taste buds and guests.
Can you eat jamaica flowers?
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE JAMAICA FLOWER TACOS
- Oil. Use whatever oil you have at home with a neutral flavor. I like safflower oil or avocado oil.
- Onion you can use red onion, white or yellow onion.
- Jamaica- hibiscus flower, hydrated and chopped. When you make hibiscus flower water, you can store the flower in the refrigerator or freezer in containers or freezer bags.
- Jalapeño or serrano chili. The jalapeño pepper is less spicy than the serrano pepper.
- Salt to taste. I like using kosher salt, but you can use sea or Himalayan salt.
To whip up the tacos
- Corn tortillas
- Squeeze a lime, lemon, or another citrus.
- Avocados or guacamole
- Salsa verde or creamy jalapeño salsa verde
HOW TO PREPARE the JAMAICA flowers?
First, prepare the hibiscus agua fresca as usual by boiling the jamaica flowers in water. Then, strain the hibiscus tea and rinse the flowers, drain them, and pat dry if necessary.
Add the oil and chopped onion to brown in a frying pan and let it slightly brown.
Meanwhile, chop the Jamaica blossoms or put them in the food processor. This step is essential, especially if the hibiscus flower is whole, it will give us a better bite.
Add them and a jalapeño or serrano pepper to the pan when the chopped onion is golden brown. I cut them in large pieces so my kids or guests that don’t eat as much chile as I do can take them out.
When the flower blossoms feel dry and are starting to brown, it means that it is done, put a little salt in it, and that’s it. Your jamaica is ready to start making the tacos.
Be careful not to burn yourself when adding the hibiscus flower to the pan with oil, as drops of hot oil can fly around when something wet is added.
To prevent burning, pat dry the hibiscus with paper towels or heat it with a tablespoon of oil.
What are flor de jamaica flowers?
Hibiscus and flor de jamaica are similar; in Spanish, Jamaica is pronounced ha-MY-kuh. Dried jamaica or dried hibiscus flowers infuse the liquid with vivid red color and tarty, cranberry-like, flowery flavor (like red zinger tea) when boiled or soaked for several hours.
Hibiscus is also known as Roselle, and it comes from the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant, originally linked to West Africa.
Now it is trendy worldwide: in Egypt, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Thailand, for example.
What are the benefits of hibiscus?
Hibiscus has tons of antioxidants and C vitamins, and it tastes great. Isn’t it like a dream come true?
It helps to protect us against cancer and lower blood pressure and cholesterol; it makes us look beautiful and young. It has so much vitamin C that it helps our body fight a cold and a sore throat.
Likewise, it helps with menopause and acne; it is a diuretic and has many more benefits for heart diseases. That is why we drink and eat it. You’ll be surprised by how amazing it is.
Other ways to eat hibiscus
- You can eat it on top of brown rice, quesadillas, or even hummus
- Serve it over crispy potato tacos or sopes
- Or drink it as a tea or agua fresca
Agua de jamaica, hibiscus flower
We Mexicans are used to drinking hibiscus tea all day long. Agua de jamaica is one of the agua frescas you will find almost everywhere in Mexico. You can make it by Some other popular aguas frescas are: horchata, agua de limón, naranjada and agua de fresa.
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- Frying pan
- 1 tablespoon neutral tasting oil
- ½ cup chopped white onion
- 2 cups hibiscus flowers after tea or agua fresca has been made with them
- 1 jalapeño or serrano pepper whole or chopped
- sal al gusto
For the tacos
- 12 corn tortillas
- 2 avocados or guacamole
- First, prepare the hibiscus agua fresca as usual by boiling the jamaica flowers in water. Then, strain the hibiscus tea and rinse the flowers, drain them, and pat dry if necessary.
- Add the chopped hibiscus flowers and the jalapeño or serrano pepper when the onion starts to brown.
- Leave on the pan until the hibiscus flowers are dry and crunchy on the edges.
- To prepare the tacos add a slice of avocado or a tablespoon of guacamole to a corn tortilla and one or two tablespoons of hibiscus.
- How to make hibiscus agua fresca.
- The “recipe” calls for finely chopped onion because we want only the flavor and do not want to feel the big pieces in each bite.
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