Jamaica Tacos (Hibiscus Tacos)

Jamaica tacos are meaty, slightly tangy, and incredibly delicious. They are made with jamaica flowers also known as hibiscus after the agua fresca (iced tea) has been made. They are a true mouth-watering experience!

jamaica tacos on a plate.

Jamaica Tacos (Hibiscus Tacos)

Tacos are eaten worldwide and are one of the most popular Mexican dishes. Most countries are used to having mainly meats in their tacos but in Mexico, it’s a different story. Traditionally, the people of Mexico eat a wide variety of tacos stuffed with beans, mushrooms, corn, greens, crickets, zucchini blossoms, and Jamaica flowers! Mexico is a large country so expect the cuisine to change depending on which region you visit.

Jamaica tacos are one of my favorites because they resemble shredded beef which catches the attention of many. They’re also my favorite because you get a nutritious drink and a healthy meal out of this incredible hibiscus flower, making it zero waste and eco-friendly.

jamaica flowers hibiscus flowers.

Jamaica Health Benefits 

Recent studies show that eating hibiscus flowers may help reduce blood pressure and fight inflammation. The Hibiscus flower is packed with anthocyanins! Anthocyanins are pigments found in red, purple, and blue fruits and vegetables. They are part of a larger category of plant-based chemicals called flavonoids.

Anthocyanins may help reduce blood pressure, according to a review of 66 studies! They help release nitric oxide from cells within the blood vessels, which helps lower blood pressure. 

Making these delicious Jamaica tacos will help improve your health so It’s safe to say that this dietitian recommends you give this recipe a try 🙂

5 Reasons to Make Jamaica Tacos

  1. You’ll only need 5 ingredients and they are super easy to make.
  2. Zero waste recipe using leftover jamaica from the agua fresca recipe.
  3. They taste delicious and honor the Mexican culture.
  4. They’re packed with nutrients that help improve heart health.
  5. Jamaica tacos are allergen-free and perfect for omnivores and vegetarians!
hibiscus tacos on a mexican plate.

Ingredients for Jamaica Tacos

  • Jamaica flower: You can buy dried hibiscus flowers at any Mexican market or online. You will use the soaked and drained jamaica flowers used to make agua de jamaica
  • Onion: Pan-frying the onion gives this recipe the best flavor. I recommend using white or yellow onion for best results.
  • Vegetable broth: I recommend using Better than Bouillon vegetable base. It’s a paste that can be used to make more than 10 dishes! Add a tablespoon to warm water and whisk it in to dissolve it well.
  • Soy sauce: You can also use tamari, liquids aminos, or any umami-flavored sauce. This will add more meatiness and umami flavor to the tacos to make them extra satisfying. 
  • Garlic powder: I like using garlic powder for this recipe but feel free to use fresh garlic as well. If using fresh garlic, add in after the onion has cooked for a bit at the beginning of the cooking process. Make sure not to burn the garlic, cook for about 1 minute and no more before adding the hibiscus flowers.

How to Make Jamaica Tacos

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Tacos de Soya

Lion’s Mane Tacos

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Jamaica Tacos (Hibiscus Tacos)


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  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Jamaica tacos are meaty, slightly tangy, and incredibly delicious. They are made with jamaica flowers also known as hibiscus after the agua fresca (iced tea) has been made. They are a true mouth-watering experience!


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups soaked Jamaica (after making agua de jamaica)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or neutral oil
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari or liquid aminos

Tacos:

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Salsa
  • Cilantro
  • Onion

Instructions

  1. Make a double bach of agua de jamaica recipe.
  2. Rinse jamaica flowers repeatedly until water runs clear.
  3. Add oil to a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and fry until golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, chop jamaica into smaller pieces.
  5. Add Jamaica and cook with onions for a few minutes. Add the vegetable broth.
  6. Simmer on low heat until the jamaica has absorbed all the broth.
  7. Add garlic powder and soy sauce/tamari and cook for 2 more minutes.
  8. Serve on warm corn tortillas with salsa, cilantro, and onion.

Notes

*make sure to follow the agua de jamaica recipe to prep your jamaica before cooking.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: mains
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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