Tacos Al Carbon (Grilled Tacos) The name describes the way the filling is prepared.  The fillings in Tacos Al Carbon are cooked over charcoal or wood. This process gives the meat a crisp exterior while remaining juicy on the inside. Once cooked the filling is chopped up and put on tortillas. When no charcoal is…

Three simple things. Tortilla.   Filling.  Salsa. Those are the building blocks of a taco. That generally outline has birthed thousands of variations and interpretations .Tacos have broken out as not only a Mexican dish but into a dish celebrated around the world.  The styles, flavors, ingredients, range from the ordinary to the not so ordinary.…

This simple but complex dish has captured the hearts of people all over the world. Some people call even it the pinnacle of Mexican cuisine. It is the most famous dish from Mexico City: Tacos Al Pastor, truly the perfect blend of sweet and spicy goodness. Tacos Al Pastor is really the result from a…

  I recently caught up with Devin Gonzalez – owner of Tacos El Precioso – at his regular Tuesday pop up at Eli’s Mile High Club, a bar / music venue on Martin Luther King Blvd in Oakland, CA. I know what you’re thinking…tacos on a Tuesday?! What can I say? I like to live…

“Basket Tacos” or Tacos de Canasta are steamed tacos. Soft and moist, with fillings such as chicharrón, mole verde, potato, refried beans, shredded chicken, and carnero en adobo (spicy mutton/sheep). “Basket Tacos were invented in the mining areas of Hidalgo and Guanajuato, which is why they were known as Miners’ Tacos” There are many names…

Taquero Gerardo Avila has big plans. Having worked in some well-known restaurants in and around Oakland, Avila has cultivated and sharpened his skills in the kitchen and has decided to step out and create for himself. Tacos y Chelas has quickly become a welcomed sight at his regular pop-ups in downtown Oakland. As the name would suggest,…

Birria is a spicy stew originally made with goat meat. However today, it can be made with beef, veal, pork or chicken. Birria comes from the Mexican state of Jalisco. The city of Cocula, Jalisco is considered the birthplace of the dish. Restaurants or street carts that serve birria are known as birrierias and exist…

It’s that time of year again when we all rack our brains to find the perfect gift to get for friends, family, and even coworkers. It’s time consuming and often stressful to find a good gift. For this post, I’d thought I would let you in on a little secret. No matter who you are…