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Nick James Taco Recipes — WORLD PREMIERE

Hi everyone.

As promised I have posted Nick’s recipes for his tacos recently reviewed on this site.  I posted them late, but they are here nonetheless :

Pork Taco Recipe

Chicken Taco Recipe

Pico de Gallo, Guacamole and Chipotle Mayo Recipes

Nick James’ Pico de Gallo, Guacamole and Chipotle Mayo

Pico de Gallo :

  1. 2 vine tomatoes, diced
  2. 1 / 2 red onion, diced small
  3. handful chopped cilantro
  4. 2 tsp salt
  5. few dashes of green tabasco
  6. spritz lime on top

Guacamole :

NOTE : This is for tacos only.  For chips, combine with pico and a clove of minced garlic.

Mash the following :

  1. 3 avocados
  2. 2 tsp salt

Finally add a spritz of lime

Chipotle Mayo :

  1. 1 / 4 cup mayo
  2. 1 tbsp chipotle sauce or chipotle tabasco

To combine all these things into a taco, Nick recommends the following order (starting from a bare tortilla)

  1. Warm tortilla
  2. Spread Chipotle Mayo
  3. Add meat
  4. Add Guacamole
  5. Add Pico de Gallo

Nick James’ Chicken Taco Recipe

Here is the recipe from Nick James’ recent Taco Tuesday Tasting.  These tacos were amazing.  While somewhat sweet, there was a lot of flavor here.

Mix the following in the pan :

  1. 12 fl oz orange juice
  2. splash cider vinegar
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced
  4. 1 / 4 brown / yellow onion, chopped

Let this simmer for 1 – minutes, then add :

  1. 4 chicken thighs
  2. seasoning salt or cajun seasoning
  3. 2 – 3 tbsp chipotle sauce
  4. 1 – 2 tbsp green tabasco
  5. 2 tsp salt
  6. 2  tsp cinnamon
  7. 4 – 6 jalapeno slices
  8. couple splashes of orange juice

Simmer for 20 – 25 minutes.  Turn off heat.  Remove thighs and cut meat off the bones and pull with a fork to shred.  Return to liquid and simmer for at least 10 – 15 minutes.


Nick James’ Pork Taco Recipe

Here is the recipe Nick James gave me from our recent Taco Tuesday tasting.  These tacos were amazing and between these and the chicken tacos, I think that these win.

Pork Tacos

Add the following in the pan :

  1. 1 can mango nectar
  2. splash of vinegar
  3. 1 clove of garlic, minced
  4. 1/4 onion, chopped
  5. Add 1/2 pound or so of pork shoulder
  6. 2 – 3 tsp chili powder
  7. 2 – 3 tsp red pepper flakes
  8. 1 tbsp brown mustard
  9. 1/2 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (or 3 – 4 tbsp chipotle sauce)
  10. 2 – 3 tsp hot sauce of choice
  11. 2 – 4 jalapeno slices with splash of juice

Simmer 20 – 25 minutes.  Remove from heat and pull meat from bone (if applicable).  Return to sauce.  Simmer 10 – 15 minutes or more.


REVIEW — Nick James and his homemade tacos

Chef : Nick James

Address : He lives in the Avenues of SLC, but there is no restaurant 😉

Phone : Shall not be listed

4 stars out of 5

A week or so ago I received an email from my good friend Nick that he wanted to make tacos for a group of friends so that they could be reviewed by a proper taco taco journalist such as myself :

I was stewing up some chicken thigh for tacos this morning, and it reminded me that I want to make you tacos sometime.

Included in the email was the incredible photo above that Nick had taken of his tacos.  Could I say no?  Of course I couldn’t.  We planned it out and on a magical Taco Tuesday Nick went to work and improvised on his latest taco recipes to create us some incredible chicken and pork tacos.

All week long I was anxious to try Nick’s tacos.  Nick is an extremely creative person and having mentioned to me that he had been continually changing and improving on his improvised taco recipes I was very curious to see what he would share with us.  Nick is a great artist (you can see his work at http://nickjam.es/) but until that night I had not had the opportunity to taste any of his cooking.

Nick has told me that his enjoyment and approach in cooking is very much like that in his artwork.  Once he is comfortable with a medium whether it be pencils or chipotle sauce he feel comfortable to experiment and lose himself in his creation and in cooking for example he feels no need to follow a recipe or make precise measurements.

I stalked around the kitchen behind Nick as he worked and explained to taco enthusiasts Dave, Ryan and myself about what he was doing and how much longer we would have to wait.  We circled him like hungry sharks until he told us to grab our plates and started throwing freshly warmed tortillas onto them.

Now that we were finally ready, I filmed Nick presenting them to us :

These tacos were amazing.  All 3 of our judges were impressed.  Here are their responses  :

My personal favorite was the pork taco recipe.  The flavor was complex and constantly changing from initial bite to its after taste.  The orange juice certainly helped to bring out the tenderness and develop a unique flavor.  The chicken tacos were delicious as well.  When I say that the pork was my favorite, it was like choosing between two children.  The chicken had just the right amount of picante-ness so that it was spicy but at the same time it was sweet like candy.

The morale of this story is that when Nick asks you if you’d like to try his tacos, you say YESSSSS!  If you don’t have this luxury, stay tunes because I will post the recipes later this week.

4 stars out of 5.