Taco Count Update: 995

Playing tour guide yesterday brought the opportunity to hop around the various taco haunts in my neighborhood.

  • 3 tacos de guisado from the Chilpancingo food stalls.  The quality here can vary a bit and, on this day, none of these blew me away… though the chicken taco with french fries and grilled onions had its moment.
  • 4 tacos at El Mirador, a cantina by Bosque Chapultepec… Argentine sausage, guacamole, and refried black beans on handmade tortillas.  Oh yeah!
  • Lastly, 3 late-night gringas (similar to al pastor tacos with cheese) from El Tizoncito, a popular spot for high-end taco consumption in La Condesa.

The count so far: 995.


México, D.F.


Tacos al Pastor

The taco al pastor is an institution in Mexico City cuisine.  I’m not sure where or when this take on fast food first hit the scene (a chain with several locations near my apartment, el Tizoncito, vociferously claims to be the source… perhaps a little too much), but two things are for certain: the taco al pastor is as ubiquitous in Mexico City as traffic, late-night tamale vendors, and Oxxo, and while there are as many interpretations of this plate as there are green pirate taxis, the general recipe is standard throughout the Districto Federal.

Tacos al pastor at Tacos Escandon

Tacos al pastor at Tacos Escandon

A taco al pastor is a tortilla filled with meat that is marinated and roasted on a vertical spit, topped with diced white onions, cilantro, and an optional slice of pineapple, and accompanied by a bowl of sliced key limes.  They’re popular for lunch, dinner, or late, late into the evening… and I usually take mine at 2:30 PM at Los Arbolitos, where they’re the miniscule price of 2 pesos each, or on Sundays at Tacos Escandón by my apartment.

Roasting a spit of meat for tacos....

Roasting a spit of meat for tacos....

I’ve been slowly searching for the best tacos al pastor in the city, though I have yet to have found them.  The count so far?  333… and more to follow!


Burlingame, CA