Best Wine with Tacos

Mexican cuisine has swept the world thanks to their rich flavors and natural ingredients. Utilizing spices and rich flavors, tacos are one of the most popular Mexican dishes and is a perfect meal for any time of year.

Tacos can range from mild flavoring to intense spices so when choosing a wine to compliment your dish, you have to consider the intensity and richness of the flavors to make sure it doesn’t clash.

Whether you want to opt for a white wine that is high in acid for a fish tao or a lighter rose for something more mild, there is a lot to consider when it comes to finding the perfect wine.

Bear in mind that you should avoid wines that have a lot of oak, tannin and mineral qualities as this will be too filling and not suit the flavorings the taco as it is a filling dish.

If you choose a wine that contains tannin then make sure it is a small amount so as not to overpower the dish. 

A popular choice that people pair with tacos is beer thanks to its light and refreshing taste.

However, for those who don’t like beer and want to choose a wine, it’s wise to choose a taco that isn’t overly spicy so it doesn’t overwhelm the flavors of the wine.

There’s nothing worse than having a meal where the food and drink doesn’t match as it won’t make for an enjoyable experience. 

In this article, we’ll be taking you through what wines you should consider depending on what kind of tacos you are having. You’ll be an expert in the subject before you know it!

What to consider

The first thing to think about is what kind of taco you are having and what cuisine it comes from. There are two main cuisines that taco originates from with the first being Mexican and the second being Tex-Mex, which is a combination of Mexico and Texas.

In Mexican tacos, you’ll see a lot more natural flavorings with a spicier kick whereas Tex-Mex has some American influence in the food so it becomes a fusion dish.

The easiest way to think about it is that a taco that contains meat will most likely go with a red wine and fish is always complimented by white wine as is the case in all cuisines. However, we’ve delved into specifics below. 

Types of taco

The type of taco will be what determines the wine you have. Equally, if you are wanting to decide on a taco to have with your wine, then you’re sure to find this guide helpful as well.

There is the perfect wine match no matter what kind of taco you have. However, as reiterated above, make sure the taco isn’t too spicy so as no to overwhelm the flavors and richness of the wine as you won’t get the perfect tastes. 

Breakfast

The breakfast taco is a combination of Mexican and American cuisine and is hugely popular in places such as Texas. Usually made with scrambled eggs, bacon and potatoes, breakfast tacos should be eaten with a refreshing beverage.

Traditionally eaten with a tall beer such as Michelada, there are plenty of wine options that you can pluck for as well. The best option is champagne which is light in flavor while still remaining sharp in taste.

For those who want a cheaper option, Chardonnay could work well for that refreshing taste. 

Al Pastor

Al Pastor tacos are made with pork that has been marinated with foods such as chili peppers and pineapple.

The overall taste and preparation is similar to BBQ food thanks to the sweetness and it is often accompanied with a lighter beer such as a session IPA. However, if you are wanting a wine then a red such as Rioja will compliment the flavors perfectly thanks to the richness. 

Fish

Fish tacos are an incredibly popular dish around the world and are made with fried or grilled fish. No matter how the fish is prepared, a white wine is always best as it traditionally goes nicely with fish.

A citrus focused white wine will give your palette that extra freshness and bring out the flavors of your fish. Try to reach for a brisker wine such as an Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc or Spanish Txakoli.

Beef

One meat that comes up often in Mexican cuisine is beef. When it comes to using beef in tacos, there are many different cuts and preparations that chefs can choose and this can affect the choice of wine to accompany it.

However, if you are unsure or unfamiliar with the various cuts of beef, a strong red wine should be the perfect accompaniment to your taco. Some examples include Grenache, Malbec or Tempranillo. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of wine goes with tacos?

Depending on what kind of tacos you have, there is always going to be a perfect wine match for it. Surprisingly, there are tacos that are suitable for white, rose and red wines with the general rule being that red wines are suited toward meat tacos and white wine suited for fish tacos. Rose and champagne wines are great for lighter and milder tacos such as breakfast tacos. 

Does champagne go with tacos?

It may seem like an odd combination but champagne is known for going really well with champagne, especially if there is salsa or lime on the tacos.

This is because champagne has a sweet flavor which compliments the tarty taste of the tacos. Fish tacos are also a popular choice for putting with champagne. 

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