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Can I substitute canned tomatoes for fresh ones when making soft tacos? Should tomatoes be drained, seasoned, added to meat mixture or served with lettuce, sour cream, and shredded cheese?

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It really depends on how you're using them.

If you want them for a topping along with your lettuce, cheese etc... they must be fresh.

If you're adding them to your ground meat and cooking them, you're probably better off with a drained can of peeled, chopped/diced tomatoes (convenience wise).

Doing both isn't uncommon.

You could also possibly use the canned tomatoes to make the base of some sort of cooked salsa (more similar to a jarred picante sauce than a fresh salsa).

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