Toss Chicken Wings In Taco Seasoning For A Burst Of Mexican Flavor

Chicken wings garnished with parsley
Chicken wings garnished with parsley - Zu Kamilov/Shutterstock

A classic American staple, chicken wings have been eaten and adapted by a multitude of cultures. At a Thai or Chinese restaurant, you can find hot and sour or braised soy wings alongside tom yum kai and shrimp egg foo young. Meanwhile, chicken wings can be found on the menus at Mexican restaurants, but often come in standard flavors for the picky eaters at the table. Still, we think you should add taco seasoning to your chicken wings.

A smoky, savory symphony of paprika, salt, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and garlic powder, taco seasoning brings a robust taste to your chicken wings. Marinating the wings comes easy with this pre-made mix. If you're baking or air frying them, rub them down with the taco seasoning and leave them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Afterward, bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes. Or, for the air fryer, leave them in for 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, flipping them halfway through. With a deep fryer, coat the wings in a combination of cornstarch, flour, and taco seasoning for tasty, crispy wings. After frying the wings for 10 minutes in 350-degree Fahrenheit oil, sprinkle them with more taco seasoning.

Read more: 12 Different Ways To Cook Chicken

Pair Your Taco Wings With Dip And Side Dishes

Wings with peppers and thyme
Wings with peppers and thyme - Wundervisuals/Getty Images

If you'd like a dip to go with your Mexican-inspired wings, try a savory avocado mousse. The smooth, creamy dip is elevated with parsley and Worcestershire sauce, delivering an earthy, piquant flavor to the wings. For a fiery addition, quickly whip up some chipotle ranch by blending sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, salt, chipotle peppers, onion powder, and a splash of water until you get the consistency you're after. Next, squeeze in some fresh lime and dip your taco wings in the zesty, spicy creation.

If you're looking for a food pairing, eat the taco wings with a side of nacho fries. If you don't have a Taco Bell nearby, fry frozen fries in a pan and coat them with taco seasoning. For the queso dip, microwave blocks of cheese with diced tomatoes, buttermilk, buffalo sauce, salt, and garlic powder. For grilled taco wings, you could throw some corn on the grill to make esquites. Complete with red onions, tomatoes, cilantro, mayo, red peppers, cotija cheese, and sour cream, this Mexican street corn salad is the perfect complement.

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