Recipe courtesy of Judiaann Woo

Asian Taco Cups

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 30 tacos
Save Recipe


1 cup pickled red onions, recipe follows

Chipotle Crema, recipe follows

1 head iceberg lettuce

1 pound chorizo sausage

1 bunch radishes, trimmed

Fresh cilantro leaves for serving

Pickled Red Onions

Red onions, thinly sliced

1 cup sugar

1 cup rice wine vinegar

1 cup white vinegar

1 cup water

Chipotle Crema

1 container Mexican crema

1 small can chipotle peppers in adobe sauce


  1. Make pickled red onions and chipotle sauce. Chill and reserve. 
  2. Using a 3-inch round biscuit cutter, punch out circles of lettuce about 3 or 4-inches in diameter. Chill until needed. 
  3. Slice radishes into thin round circles. Chill until needed. 
  4. To assemble, reheat the sausage in the microwave, if needed. Place a spoonful of sausage in a lettuce cup. Top with a few pickled onions, sliced radishes, a dab of chipotle crema and a cilantro leaf.

Pickled Red Onions

  1. Slice the red onions and place in a large glass bowl. In a saucepan, bring the sugar, rice wine vinegar, white vinegar, and water to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the brine over the sliced onions and let sit until the liquid comes to room temperature before chilling. Store the mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator until needed. The pickled onions will keep for at least 3 weeks.

Chipotle Crema

  1. Mix just the adobo sauce from the canned chipotle peppers into the crema to the desired spiciness.

Cook’s Note

Iceberg lettuce will form a natural cup shape because of the curve of the leaf.

Get the Recipe

Perfect Cranberry Sauce

This ruby-hued sauce is a breeze to make with either fresh or frozen fruit.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups

Asian Pork Lettuce Cups

Fiesta Chicken Taco Cups

Southeast Asian Black Kale Taco (with a bit of Pork Belly)

Seared Ahi Tuna Taco with Asian Slaw and Plum sauce

Crispy Fragrant Duck Tacos with Asian Pear and Mango Salsa

Chorizo-Potato Tacos

Spicy Chicken and Chorizo Tacos