Chicken Tacos

© Raymond Hom / Chicken Tacos

Space food has evolved way beyond freeze-dried ice cream and Tang. Since the 1980s, tortillas have been a large part of an astronaut's diet. “Sure they taste great,” former NASA pilot Charlie Justiz told, “but that's not the reason tortillas are in space. It's because bread has crumbs and tortillas don't. You can't have crumbs floating around and clogging up the air vents. We've been sending them up for decades to the ISS (International Space Station) and on the shuttles. We used to get them from a little tortilla place near El Paso.” Down on Earth, tortillas are just as useful as they are in space and equally delicious, especially when filled with juicy rotisserie chicken—as they are in these Chicken and Cabbage Tacos with Cilantro Cream.