What IS a taco?

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BT
Filet Mignon
2005/06/18 14:16:04
At places like Taco Bell, a taco is ground meat slopped into a U-shaped, deep fried tortilla. That is an abomination. THIS is the kind of taco I like:



THIS is the kind of meat that should go on it (it is NOT ground):



The tortillas are corn but unfried. Two of them are layed flat and the meat (such as carnitas, my favorite, but also possibly chili verde, chicken or whatever), salsa, a few jalapenos if desired and some cilatro are ladeled onto them. You pick the thing up and fold it into the U-shape in your hand to eat.

If you go into almost any non-chain taqueria in San Francisco and order a taco, this is what you get and they are both cheap and good.

Other opinions?

LegalLady
Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/18 14:39:50
WOW, that is the best looking Taco I have seen in a looooooong time. thanks BT

The Lady
Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/18 14:58:31
quote:
Originally posted by BT

At places like Taco Bell, a taco is ground meat slopped into a U-shaped, deep fried tortilla. That is an abomination. THIS is the kind of taco I like:



THIS is the kind of meat that should go on it (it is NOT ground):



The tortillas are corn but unfried. Two of them are layed flat and the meat (such as carnitas, my favorite, but also possibly chili verde, chicken or whatever), salsa, a few jalapenos if desired and some cilatro are ladeled onto them. You pick the thing up and fold it into the U-shape in your hand to eat.

If you go into almost any non-chain taqueria in San Francisco and order a taco, this is what you get and they are both cheap and good.

Other opinions?


Yes. I like mine just like that with either barbacoa or lengua. We have a place here called LaBamba that serves them like your pic. Later....gotta go get a taco! Pancho
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/18 17:06:17
There is much to be said for the U-shaped, fried-tortilla taco as weel, which is what you'll find nestled on the side of a combo platter of any decent New Mexican or Tex-Mex place. It's miles above anything you'll find at a Taco Bell, and most certainly NOT an abomination. They're simply a different style than the traditional Mexican taco as pictured above. There's room for both.
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/18 18:17:28
Ya hit it right on the spot BT! That item taco bell serves and refrences as a taco don't even come close! Luckily I have a few spots in town where I can enjoy what you have pictured!
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/18 19:43:09
Looks right to me BT!!!!!and i finallly found them here in Oklahoma!!!
mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/18 20:41:45
BT, come to Portland. There is an abundance of places that serve these tacos. My favorite Burrito Loco.
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/18 20:47:10
Any real Mexican place I've been the tacos all look like that. White corn tortillas. I love the cilantro flavor as well.
Theedge
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/18 22:11:47
I make that at home but call it a fajita, what is a fajita?
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/18 22:14:16
For one thing, fajitas are on white flour tortillas, not corn.
Theedge
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/18 22:22:58
Well, there we have it.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/19 00:27:10
quote:
Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

There is much to be said for the U-shaped, fried-tortilla taco as weel, which is what you'll find nestled on the side of a combo platter of any decent New Mexican or Tex-Mex place. It's miles above anything you'll find at a Taco Bell, and most certainly NOT an abomination. They're simply a different style than the traditional Mexican taco as pictured above. There's room for both.


Yeah, they tend to serve 'em that way in Arizona too (the example below is from Rosa's in Tucson) and most of 'em are edible since they don't use ground meat (usually it's stewed beef, especially carne seca) but I greatly prefer the flat fold-it-yourself variety--with pork (carnitas or "el pastor").

rwarn17588
Junior Burger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/19 00:45:13
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Looks right to me BT!!!!!and i finallly found them here in Oklahoma!!!

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Where can such a taco be found in Oklahoma, Tiki? If it's close to Tulsa, I'm there.
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/19 14:49:09
*shrug* Heck, I greatly prefer green chile stew, but I don't say that chili con carne is an abomination. They're just two different things.

Incidentally, for New England-bound folk: the tacos al pastor at Anna's Tacqueria (which are the traditional Mexican style) are outstanding, and at $1.25 each, you can eat them until you're sick.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/19 15:48:03
http://www.houstonpress.com/special/texmex.html
Edge, part 3 explains fajitas.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/19 19:38:56
quote:
Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

*shrug* Heck, I greatly prefer green chile stew, but I don't say that chili con carne is an abomination. They're just two different things.


How about when they make your chile con carne with hamburger meat (not even the "chile grind" available in Texas) and "chile powder"? My "abomination" comment referred not just to the unfried tortillas but also to the filling and I stick by it. Might as well buy yourself some hamburger and a package of that synthetic "taco filling" mix another of my investments (McCormick) makes and whip yourself some "authentic" tacos according to the package instructions.
plantdetective
Junior Burger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/20 12:01:29
Here is some of the best Mexican in Tulsa, they have great tacos.

Cancun International Restaurant
705 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK 74104-3329
(918) 583-8089

Smallish place, closed on Weds. I believe. Very, Very, Very busy at lunch.

Have a great time. Clelia the owner is a wonderful person.

We go everytime we get back to Tulsa.
Jennifer_4
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/20 12:24:40
Here in Fresno we have a local taco that features, meat, shredded cabbage, and diced potatoes in the soft corn tortillas.. we also have "rolled tacos", and the one pictured above known as a "Rico" taco..
Salustra
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/20 12:54:15
BT - I was going to say that looked like a really good tostada, until I read that the tortilla was NOT fried. Don't care what it's called, really. It looks muy delicioso! The soft, corn tortilla taco you describe is referred to here as "street tacos".
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/20 13:37:25
quote:
Originally posted by plantdetective

Here is some of the best Mexican in Tulsa, they have great tacos.

Cancun International Restaurant
705 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK 74104-3329
(918) 583-8089

Smallish place, closed on Weds. I believe. Very, Very, Very busy at lunch.

Have a great time. Clelia the owner is a wonderful person.

We go everytime we get back to Tulsa.


Cool---thanks---its on my list for lunch next trip to Tulsa!
cedwin
Hamburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/20 15:43:37
I think a real Mexican taco is a corn tortilla filled with some meat or stew (guisado), and then covered with chopped onions and cilantro and possibly salsa. I've learned from some experience that these are by far the best and truest Mexican "fast food". I won't eat burritos at the real Mexican places any longer, because burritos are a Southwestern variant of the filled tortilla concept and not really Mexican (especially the rice-filled stuff you see at the suburban American places like Chipotle).
Scott -- DFW
Junior Burger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/20 18:18:03
Count me a fan of any and all good tacos.

I like the style of taco that's probably the most common in taquerias: two tortillas topped with a meat and garnished with cilantro, onion, and/or radish (with salsa and lime wedges on the side). (This is a taco de cecina from Juanita's in Dallas.)

However...

...be aware that the reason most taquerias double up the tortillas is that they're using thin, manufactured tortillas that tear and leak easily. When you have thick, freshly made tortillas (such as the ones pictured above with lamb barbacoa at Dallas's Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo), only one tortilla is necessary. (If your local taqueria doesn't serve freshly made tortillas, consider scouting around a bit more. A taqueria that cares enough to make fresh tortillas is more likely to care about the quality of other things as well, and vice versa.)


Americanized crispy tacos (such as the awful one above, at Ojeda's in Dallas) fall into a few common traps. First, they often resort to preformed taco shells. Second, they often use poor, mealy ground beef with generic seasoning. There's nothing un-Mexican about ground beef. Carne molido and picadillo are fairly common as fillings in Mexico. But they usually have (a) better texture than American ground beef taco fillings and (b) a much more interesting flavor profile (often incorporating other ingredients, such as potato, nuts, dried fruit, et al.). Third, Americanized crispy tacos are usually heaped with low-grade filler--bland iceberg lettuce, unripe tomato, and poor cheese. There are, however, some places that steer clear of such problems and have excellent crispy tacos. They're few and far between, but well worth tracking down.


And don't forget the San Antonio-style "puffy taco" (such as these, from Henry's in SA).

And then there are tacos de canasta, tacos dorados (the Mexican progenitor of the Americanized crispy taco), and probably dozens of other types across Mexico.

A good taco is a good taco, regardless of the style or tradition. And "authenticity" (which is hard to get a handle on anyway) is no substitute for great taste.

Scott
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/20 18:48:47
Well put, Scott. Falling into the authenticity trap is for fools and poseurs. I'm reminded about Calvin Trillin's comment about the gazpacho served at a party once. He waxed medium eloquent on how it was different from a "true" gazpacho that you would be served on the Iberian peninsula, until he realized that the main way it differed was that it simply tasted better.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/20 20:12:25
quote:
Originally posted by cedwin

I won't eat burritos at the real Mexican places any longer, because burritos are a Southwestern variant of the filled tortilla concept and not really Mexican (especially the rice-filled stuff you see at the suburban American places like Chipotle).


Well, a discussion of burritos is just a bit OT here, but wortha few bits (or is it bytes) anyway. I have never eaten at Chipotle and haven't any desire to, but what they have immitated and franchised is a staple of every taqueria in NoCal and I want to put in another (I've done it numerous times before) good word for the original. True, it CAN be "rice-filled" but it doesn't have to be. At an independently owned taqueria (i.e. "Roadfood" place) they will make yours however you wish. As a matter of fact, Taqueria La Cumbre, one of the most popular spots here in SF, specializes in the max meat/minimal filling variety. Personally, I like lots of rice and beans and often order a vegetarian burrito full of them (plus avocado, salsa, jalapenos and other good stuff), but if you want yours with nothing but meat any taqueria in town (except maybe Chipotle and the other chains) will happily make it that way. You can, if you wish, be a "real Mexican" purist, but I wouldn't stay away from burritos just because you don't like them stuffed with rice.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/20 20:30:14
quote:
Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

Well put, Scott. Falling into the authenticity trap is for fools and poseurs. I'm reminded about Calvin Trillin's comment about the gazpacho served at a party once. He waxed medium eloquent on how it was different from a "true" gazpacho that you would be served on the Iberian peninsula, until he realized that the main way it differed was that it simply tasted better.


If only the inauthentic were most always "better". But, that's not the case--it is most often a pale imitation of the authentic which is why there is a tendency to trash it. As I suggested just above in my comment about the burrito, I am NOT a "real Mexican" purist, but Scott is completely correct that the pre-fried/ground meat taco is not only inauthentic, it is almost always nasty for the reasons he gave. A little confession: I started this thread because I thought the sight and description of an unfried tortilla/chopped meat taco might be a revelation for the folks here who don't live in an area with a substantial Mexican-American population (where you can get "Mexican" food that is fairly "authentic") and many of them might think they don't really like tacos just because they've never had a good one. By the time this thread runs its course, they'll at least see what makes other people like tacos a lot (I had two for lunch that look very much like the picture I posted at the beginning).
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/20 23:24:48
BT and Scott, you both did justice to this thread! The first time (back in '85) I had a real taco as pictured above I couldnt figure out what the "secret ingredient" was.. ha ha... It was served lightly oiled soft corn shell, with something that tasted like hash browns. I for years thought it was the oil they used to slightly fry the shells in... Turns out it was the potatoes they added to the meat mixture. Who would have figured... After ya have one you're hooked for life!
sizz
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/21 01:28:40
Great Pics ...Doc & Scott
a taco is a taco is a taco............... call it what you want as long as your camarero serves it up the way you like it... It's all gringo food anyway served here in the USofA or the border towns of Mexico. Forty miles south of the border one would be hard pressed to find a taco that looked like the one BT is showing......... I went to art school at the University of Guanajuato and for the three years I lived in the heart of Mexico I cant remember ever eating a taco. A taco then was a very very peasant food prepared and sold on the streets in neighborhoods you have no business being in. The tacos were usually made of goat meat and fried in some God awful grease on top of a 55 gallon steel drum cutoff. It was also the primary source of "the curse of Montezuma"
We here in the USofA celebrate the TACO and present it as beautifully as BT just did in his photo here. It's wonderful and the Mexican American community gave it a new life as only we folks here can do. I suspect that the 6 million illegal Mexican in this country really didn't come here for the work they came here for our TACOS.... and profess "con el taco en la mano todos somos hermanos"
Jennifer_4
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/21 03:43:44
Oh heck whatever tastes good... I'm sure many of you would shudder if you saw what goes into some of my homemade "tacos".. or enchiladas, or tamales...
Theedge
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/21 08:31:23
Well had you been in Austin, MN this last weekend you could have had Spam fajitas at the annual Hormel Spam Jam celebration. Jim Belushi came with his band; I guess the guy’s a real prick. Don’t bother trying to make them if you’re not in Austin, wouldn’t taste the same. Something about topography, altitude, longitude & latitude, transit times and the equinox. I laugh at the Iowans across the border when they tell me they make a good Spam fajita. Hell, I’ll never try one. You’re supposed to eat pork chops in Iowa! You just can’t get good quality Spam outside of Austin.

Just having some fun, I know what you’re saying. They all look delicious. I was thinking about smoking a pork butt and then stewing it in some seasonings, I can imagine some good results. Maybe I’ll take some pics!

carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/21 09:56:12
quote:
Originally posted by fpczyz

Great Pics ...Doc & Scott
a taco is a taco is a taco............... call it what you want as long as your camarero serves it up the way you like it... It's all gringo food anyway served here in the USofA or the border towns of Mexico. Forty miles south of the border one would be hard pressed to find a taco that looked like the one BT is showing......... I went to art school at the University of Guanajuato and for the three years I lived in the heart of Mexico I cant remember ever eating a taco. A taco then was a very very peasant food prepared and sold on the streets in neighborhoods you have no business being in. The tacos were usually made of goat meat and fried in some God awful grease on top of a 55 gallon steel drum cutoff. It was also the primary source of "the curse of Montezuma"
We here in the USofA celebrate the TACO and present it as beautifully as BT just did in his photo here. It's wonderful and the Mexican American community gave it a new life as only we folks here can do. I suspect that the 6 million illegal Mexican in this country really didn't come here for the work they came here for our TACOS.... and profess "con el taco en la mano todos somos hermanos"



I had my appendix removed in the hospital at Guanajuato. A most lovely city.
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/21 10:23:21
Great thread all in all!!! and wonderful pics!!!---got to get down to Texas and try those "Puffy" totilla tacos----and the lamb!!!
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/21 10:27:15
Guanajuato is Ashland's sister city too. Our creekside dining and artshow area also carries that name. Lots of ceremonial stuff
between the 2 burgs.
On tacos, we just had a new place open called Agave.
http://www.dailytidings.com/2005/0531/053105back.shtml
The owner previously
owned the fish & chips place in town. It's 2nd generation new-taco, rather than authentic, I guess, with lobster & duck tacos among the offerings. I haven't
been there yet.
In this thread,
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6347
Lavanda gives pretty accurate definitions of "antojitos', all related
and becoming americanized, tacos included.

BT
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/06/21 22:29:30
quote:
Originally posted by fpczyz

I suspect that the 6 million illegal Mexican in this country really didn't come here for the work they came here for our TACOS.... and profess "con el taco en la mano todos somos hermanos"



A fair number of them find work supplying the rest (of them and us) with tacos. Down in Tucson, folks selling tacos off a truck pulled up on the side of the road are very common and I suspect many of them aren't well-documented (although the owners of the trucks may well be long-time citizens). I've seen a similar phenomenon mainly in SoCal.
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/08/21 22:35:54
quote:
Originally posted by bill voss

Guanajuato is Ashland's sister city too. Our creekside dining and artshow area also carrys that name. Lots of ceremonial stuff
between the 2 burgs.
On tacos, we just had a new place open called Agave.
http://www.dailytidings.com/2005/0531/053105back.shtml
The owner previously
owned the fish & chips place in town. It's 2nd generation new-taco, rather than authentic, I guess, with lobster & duck tacos among the offerings. I haven't
been there yet.
In this thread,
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6347
Lavanda gives pretty accurate definitions of "antojitos', all related
and becoming americanized, tacos included.





I had my appendix taken out in Guanajuato so I know the hospital there. I love tacos just like the ones in BT's photo and just made a couple using chorizo with a little garlic, fresh cilantro, some marinated carrots and jalapeno, a little cheese and some sauce.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/08/21 23:42:03
Some of my favorite tacos have ground beef. The late, lamented La Cocina in KCK-Deep fried tacos held shut with clothes pins so the inside ingredients steamed. I long for an order of 6. The much discussed Jack-in-the-Box> 2/$.99 bellybusters. A worthy successor.

Any taco-a folded corn tortilla/with fillings-is good; some are just better.....
ohman
Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/08/22 20:32:37
quote:
Originally posted by BT

At places like Taco Bell, a taco is ground meat slopped into a U-shaped, deep fried tortilla. That is an abomination. THIS is the kind of taco I like:



THIS is the kind of meat that should go on it (it is NOT ground):



The tortillas are corn but unfried. Two of them are layed flat and the meat (such as carnitas, my favorite, but also possibly chili verde, chicken or whatever), salsa, a few jalapenos if desired and some cilatro are ladeled onto them. You pick the thing up and fold it into the U-shape in your hand to eat.

If you go into almost any non-chain taqueria in San Francisco and order a taco, this is what you get and they are both cheap and good.

Other opinions?




One of my customers brought me some tacos that looked just like this last Friday. He got them somewhere in Dallas...God were they awesome!They sent some green hot sauce too, it was VERY hot but so good. I am ready for more.
Gizmolito
Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/08/22 21:26:18
quote:
Originally posted by Theedge

Well had you been in Austin, MN this last weekend you could have had Spam fajitas at the annual Hormel Spam Jam celebration. Jim Belushi came with his band; I guess the guy’s a real prick. Don’t bother trying to make them if you’re not in Austin, wouldn’t taste the same. Something about topography, altitude, longitude & latitude, transit times and the equinox. I laugh at the Iowans across the border when they tell me they make a good Spam fajita. Hell, I’ll never try one. You’re supposed to eat pork chops in Iowa! You just can’t get good quality Spam outside of Austin.

Just having some fun, I know what you’re saying. They all look delicious. I was thinking about smoking a pork butt and then stewing it in some seasonings, I can imagine some good results. Maybe I’ll take some pics!




"I laugh at the Iowans across the border..." It doesn't get much funnier than that! Thank for that!
Williamsburger
Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/08/24 16:36:34
This discussion and the yummy pics along with it give me hope that someday I'll find a place that I can eat Mexican/Tex-Mex/NM-Mex/California-Mex Etc. Etc. without fear of ending up in the loo for a good part of the evening. I'm alergic/sensative to peppers - not just hot peppers, *any* peppers. A lot of places seem to cook the peppers into the chicken or beef (ground or not) and I have a hard time explaining I can't eat that (how do you say "alergic" in Spainish?). I've found a place in Williamsburger that has a few dishes where the peppers can be left out (carnitas, quesidillas) but I'm always very leary about going to a new Mexican (not a *New* Mexican) place. Recently it took me 3 tries to get a fish taco withou the pico de gaillo (spelling?) on it.

sigh
Cathy
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/08/24 19:47:09
quote:
Originally posted by Williamsburger

This discussion and the yummy pics along with it give me hope that someday I'll find a place that I can eat Mexican/Tex-Mex/NM-Mex/California-Mex Etc. Etc. without fear of ending up in the loo for a good part of the evening. I'm alergic/sensative to peppers - not just hot peppers, *any* peppers. A lot of places seem to cook the peppers into the chicken or beef (ground or not) and I have a hard time explaining I can't eat that (how do you say "alergic" in Spainish?). I've found a place in Williamsburger that has a few dishes where the peppers can be left out (carnitas, quesidillas) but I'm always very leary about going to a new Mexican (not a *New* Mexican) place. Recently it took me 3 tries to get a fish taco withou the pico de gaillo (spelling?) on it.

sigh
Cathy


First of all, let me say I suffer from the some difficulty with peppers. I suppose your situation may be more severe than my own because I love the taste of 'em so I just suffer through with it.

Now that that's out of the way, let me say that around here, there are plenty of places such as Taqueria La Cumbre that, when they make a beef taco, do it by throwing a piece of skirt steak on the grill (over flames), cooking it, tossing it onto a chopping block, chopping it up with a cleaver and putting the bits onto your taco, then adding whatver else you want. There are no peppers essentially involved, though there are plenty of them available to be added if you want. Carnitas, my favorite is similar--the basic meat is just roasted pork. The chicken does tend to be stewed in a sauce that probably contains some peppers so you could avoid that. But what I'm saying is that, at the taquerias around here, the peppers are most often put on as a condiment and can be avoided easily so there is plenty of hope for you. At sit-down places it's different. There, with tacos or enchilladas, it's usually "chicken or beef?" and the meat is stewed in a sauce that might well involved peppers in either case. So I'd stick to eating these foods at a taqueria where you can watch the guy make it and tell him exactly what you want on it.
angeltx
Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/08/25 13:39:33
My husband ask me one day what's the differents between a taco and a burrito? here was my answer, doesn't matter whats inside.

if you fold in half it's a taco
if you can roll it it's a burrito
(well I thought it was a good answer)

Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/08/25 13:54:54
quote:
Originally posted by BT

At places like Taco Bell, a taco is ground meat slopped into a U-shaped, deep fried tortilla. That is an abomination. THIS is the kind of taco I like:





That's the kind of taco I remember from when I lived in Texas.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/08/25 14:28:23
quote:
Originally posted by angeltx

My husband ask me one day what's the differents between a taco and a burrito? here was my answer, doesn't matter whats inside.

if you fold in half it's a taco
if you can roll it it's a burrito
(well I thought it was a good answer)




It is a good answer and it's more or less true, but where I live they use HUGE tortillas (maybe 18" in diameter) for burritos and tend to stuff them pretty full with various things besides the meat (rice, beans, avocado, salsa, lettuce, tomato, chiles etc etc)--or even just leave out the meat which is a way I personally like them--whereas the tacos are made with 2 regular size tortillas, meat, a little salsa and/or cilantro and not a lot else.
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/08/26 01:34:24
quote:
Originally posted by angeltx

My husband ask me one day what's the differents between a taco and a burrito? here was my answer, doesn't matter whats inside.

if you fold in half it's a taco
if you can roll it it's a burrito
(well I thought it was a good answer)




I agree with BT in the post above.. But around here, normally tacos are made out of corn tortilas (folded or fried in a folded position), and burritos are made out of flour tortilla shells..
And BT, I envy you having 18" shells available... Ones around here are alot smaller and fairly thick for what they should be... (about 12 to 13" on the average)...


BT
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/08/26 02:48:33
quote:
Originally posted by UncleVic

around here, normally tacos are made out of corn tortilas (folded or fried in a folded position), and burritos are made out of flour tortilla shells..



Same here--I forgot about the flour vs corn.
ohman
Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/08/26 08:15:43
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

quote:
Originally posted by BT

At places like Taco Bell, a taco is ground meat slopped into a U-shaped, deep fried tortilla. That is an abomination. THIS is the kind of taco I like:





That's the kind of taco I remember from when I lived in Texas.


I have a guy bring me some of these from Dallas today, God what a great lunch I am having!
AndreaB
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/09/09 11:57:03
I like my tacos in a crunchy hard corn based shell with diced tomatoes, spicy ground beef, green onions, cilantro, avocado, sour cream and cheddar cheese. I never cared much for the "soft" tacos, though I do like enchiladas, fajitas, and burritos. If I'm having a taco, I want it to crunch.

Andrea
Sandy Eggo
Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/09/09 12:46:31
Many taco stand offer several different meat preparations like tongue, tripe, goat, lobster and even veggie – avocado. One thing most taco stands have is many different salsa available; hot, mild, green, red, hot carrots and jalapeños.

This link tells the history to current day story of the taco…
http://66.102.7.104/search?q=cache:y6H3i7id_LQJ:www.mexconnect.com/mex_/recipes/puebla/kgtacos1.html+street+taco&hl=en

I live in Southern California and it seems like we have taco stands or Mexican food joints every block. So I’m a Mexican food connoisseur.

The biggest abomination of the Taco is sold at Jack-In-The-Box. If there is a lowest of the low, the JBX Taco is it. But believe it or not, they are popular junk food. This is from their press release on their web site:

600 Jack in the Box tacos are eaten each minute, a total of 315,360,000 tacos each year.
• Placed end to end, the number of Jack in the Box tacos sold each year would reach a distance of approximately 28,500 miles, more than once around the earth.
Out West there are a couple of chains Del Taco and Rubio’s do a good fast food representation of the “street taco.”

We have a local restaurant this is all the rage for taco lovers. If you’re out this way and want to try some authentic tacos, this is a “road food” stop for sure…
Mama Testa Taqueria http://entertainment.signonsandiego.com/profile/273203


BT, thanks for the thread and the great pictures.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/09/09 14:21:36
quote:
Originally posted by Sandy Eggo

The biggest abomination of the Taco is sold at Jack-In-The-Box. If there is a lowest of the low, the JBX Taco is it. But believe it or not, they are popular junk food. This is from their press release on their web site:

600 Jack in the Box tacos are eaten each minute, a total of 315,360,000 tacos each year.
• Placed end to end, the number of Jack in the Box tacos sold each year would reach a distance of approximately 28,500 miles, more than once around the earth.
Out West there are a couple of chains Del Taco and Rubio’s do a good fast food representation of the “street taco.”



Sandy, you won't win many friends around here by dissing our beloved Jack in the Box Tacos.
For what they are, they're a great deal.
I think this is a link that works:
http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/recipes/puebla/kgtacos1.html
Sandy Eggo
Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/09/09 15:07:45
Bill, yeah I figured it wouldn't take long for a reply about that! I called them an abomination of the Taco, I didn't say they weren't good! Actually I grew up on that food living here in San Diego. But as I get old(er) I eat that kind of food way less often. At 99 cents for two you can't beat it.
Sandy Eggo
Cheeseburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/09/09 15:12:01
Bill, thanks for fixing the link! I was going to add that being here in SoCal I live in the womb of the fast food places. Jack In The Box stated here in San Diego and their food lab and corporate office is about 2 miles from my office in Kearny Mesa. Taco Bell was started by a guy named Bell in the LA area, and Rubio's Mexican Grill (Fish Taco fame) started here in Pacific Beach. Of course there's McDonalds, Fatburger, In N Out, Bob's Big Boy and Tommy's all began here in SoCal. This is a fast food place.
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/09/09 19:09:13
It's a type of bell.

Hand Bell, Bar Bell, School Bell, Liberty Bell, and Taco Bell. see?


lone nut
Hamburger
RE: What IS a taco? 2005/10/13 03:02:14
I'm happy for those who like an uncooked tortilla, tough chunks of unseasoned beef, and enough cilantro to overpower everything in its wake. I just don't appreciate the attack on the crisp taco at Ojeda's in Dallas. The one on Maple Ave. Someone mentioned another place with a secret ingredient: finely chopped potato in the beef, just like they make 'em at Ojeda's. Keeps the meat moist and savory, not dry and crumbly, and without a hint of grease. The shells and chips are made in house at Ojeda's, and they are so delicate, so light, they are a dream. You can't really pick up the taco, the shell just collapses. Try a fork. The lettuce has just a little wilt to it (like the salads at Campisi's), the tomatoes are superfluous, and there is no need for cheese even. If this is an abomination, please explain why the place has been packed, lunch and dinner, seven days, since they opened in 1969. Check the web and you'll hear folks like me who have moved away crying about Ojeda's. And it was just plain mean to post a picture of the Ojeda's product, when nobody can sample it online.