I stumbled into Casa Mixteca in Burien (just south of Seattle) this weekend and discovered they offered something I have never seen on a menu before. Grasshopper (chapulines) tacos! Casa Mixteca specializes in food from the Oaxaca state of Mexico.

Without hesitation, I ordered them. I have no fear of eating insects.

3 grasshopper tacos

grasshopper taco

The 🦗🌮 flavor was great. Crunchy and not too spicy. Perfect. What surprised me was just how filling they were. I thought it would be a light meal, but I was full for several hours.

According to the SF Gate article The Nutrition Values of Edible Bugs & Insects article, crickets and grasshoppers are packed with protein.

A 3.5-ounce serving of raw grasshoppers contains between 14 and 28 grams of protein…

Crickets, which are similar to grasshoppers, have an impressive nutritional resume. See the article The Most Overlooked Superfood is…Bugs?

100 grams of cricket contains more calcium than the same amount of milk, more fiber than 100 grams of green beans, and more than three times the iron present in a comparable amount of Popeye’s favorite food, spinach.

I wonder how many grams of protein were in my meal?