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Served in soft flour or corn tortillas with a tangy lime crema, our braised Wild Cherrywood Smoked Bacon Tacos are a simple, fresh meal with layers of sweet, smoky, and slightly spicy flavors.  Featured on WLUK’S “Living With Amy”, you can watch how these tacos are made here.

Braised Nueske’s Bacon Tacos with Lime Crema

Makes 4 tacos


~ 3 oz. Braised Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Slab Bacon, 1/4 – 1/2 inch diced
(braised in apple cider – note on how to braise bacon is below)

~ 1 large cob fresh sweet corn

~ 1/4 tsp. cumin

~ 1/4 tsp. chili powder

~ 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

~ 4 corn or flour tortillas

~ Handful arugula, rinsed

~ Small bunch cilantro, rinsed and bottoms trimmed

~ 3 oz. Quesadilla cheese

~ 1 medium tomato

For Lime Crema:

~ 1/2 C. sour cream

~ 1 Tbsp. lime juice

~ ¼ tsp. Tajin seasoning

~ 1/4 tsp. chili powder

~ 1/4 tsp. cumin

~ 1 tsp. agave nectar

~ Salt & pepper, to taste


For the lime crema, in a small bowl, mix the sour cream, agave nectar, and lime juice together, and then add the cumin, Tajin seasoning, chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper and mix. This tastes best when you let it sit for at least 30 minutes before using.

Place the braised diced bacon in a medium sauté pan and bring up to medium heat, turning the bacon occasionally to allow all sides to brown evenly. Once bacon is browned, add the corn and allow it to cook with the bacon for about three minutes. Remove pan from heat.

Spread a spoonful of lime crema down the center of each tortilla. Place a layer of arugula on top of the crema and then a few of pieces of cilantro, followed by a layer of the quesadilla cheese, and tomato. Using a slotted spoon, take bacon and corn from the pan, allowing any grease to drain back into the pan, and place a spoonful of bacon and corn on each taco.  Fold and serve immediately.

Serve with your favorite hot sauce.  We really liked green Tabasco sauce with these tacos!

How To Braise Slab Bacon: Pieces of slab bacon can range in size, but those offered on our website are usually about 1.5 pounds per piece.

To braise a piece of applewood smoked slab bacon, place it in a roasting pan and heat your oven to 350°F.  Add about a 1 inch depth of apple cider or unfiltered apple juice.  Cover pan with foil.  Cook for about an hour and a half.

Pieces of slab bacon can range in size, but those offered on our website are usually about 1.5 pounds per piece.

Once the bacon is braised, remove it from the pan and chill in the refrigerator overnight; then it will be firm and ready to work with in this and other recipes calling for braised bacon, like our recipe for Romaine Hearts with Braised Bacon & Chimichurri.