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tiki

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RE: What IS a taco? Tue, 06/21/05 10:23 AM (permalink)
Great thread all in all!!! and wonderful pics!!!---got to get down to Texas and try those "Puffy" totilla tacos----and the lamb!!!
 
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    1bbqboy

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    RE: What IS a taco? Tue, 06/21/05 10:27 AM (permalink)
    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.

     
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      BT

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      RE: What IS a taco? Tue, 06/21/05 10:29 PM (permalink)
      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.
       
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        carlton pierre

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        RE: What IS a taco? Sun, 08/21/05 10:35 PM (permalink)
        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.
         
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          1bbqboy

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          RE: What IS a taco? Sun, 08/21/05 11:42 PM (permalink)
          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.....
           
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            ohman

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            RE: What IS a taco? Mon, 08/22/05 8:32 PM (permalink)
            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.
             
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              Gizmolito

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              RE: What IS a taco? Mon, 08/22/05 9:26 PM (permalink)
              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!
               
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                Williamsburger

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                RE: What IS a taco? Wed, 08/24/05 4:36 PM (permalink)
                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
                 
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                  BT

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                  RE: What IS a taco? Wed, 08/24/05 7:47 PM (permalink)
                  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.
                   
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                    angeltx

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                    RE: What IS a taco? Thu, 08/25/05 1:39 PM (permalink)
                    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)

                     
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                      Michael Hoffman

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                      RE: What IS a taco? Thu, 08/25/05 1:54 PM (permalink)
                      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.
                       
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                        BT

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                        RE: What IS a taco? Thu, 08/25/05 2:28 PM (permalink)
                        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.
                         
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                          UncleVic

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                          RE: What IS a taco? Fri, 08/26/05 1:34 AM (permalink)
                          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)...


                           
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                            BT

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                            RE: What IS a taco? Fri, 08/26/05 2:48 AM (permalink)
                            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.
                             
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                              RE: What IS a taco? Fri, 08/26/05 8:15 AM (permalink)
                              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!
                               
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                                AndreaB

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                                RE: What IS a taco? Fri, 09/9/05 11:57 AM (permalink)
                                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
                                 
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                                  Sandy Eggo

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                                  RE: What IS a taco? Fri, 09/9/05 12:46 PM (permalink)
                                  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.
                                   
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                                    1bbqboy

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                                    RE: What IS a taco? Fri, 09/9/05 2:21 PM (permalink)
                                    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
                                     
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                                      Sandy Eggo

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                                      RE: What IS a taco? Fri, 09/9/05 3:07 PM (permalink)
                                      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.
                                       
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                                        Sandy Eggo

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                                        RE: What IS a taco? Fri, 09/9/05 3:12 PM (permalink)
                                        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.
                                         
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                                          Scorereader

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                                          RE: What IS a taco? Fri, 09/9/05 7:09 PM (permalink)
                                          It's a type of bell.

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


                                           
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                                            lone nut

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                                            RE: What IS a taco? Thu, 10/13/05 3:02 AM (permalink)
                                            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.
                                             
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