Anytime is Taco Time!
No matter what time of day, breakfast to late night snack, we always have room for a taco. There’s no shortage of taco stands in Puerto Vallarta. We can buy one or six, depending on how hungry and the cost is basically pocket change. Whether carne asada or fish, there can be no doubt that tacos are a rich man and a poor man’s meal. Every Mexican kitchen stocks provisions for on demand tacos, and tortillas can be slapped together in a hurry. None of those crunchy tasteless shells like those you find north of the border that break when you pick them up. Never in short supply, delicious corn tortillas are what you find at taco stands in Puerto Vallarta. Most taco stands have a small sink of some kind or washing area, as Mexicans clean their hands before they eat. We’ve found these places to be very clean and it’s a chore that usually involves an entire family.
Spread out along the counter at the taco stands in Puerto Vallarta, you will see small vessels with peppers, cabbage, salsas, chopped onion, cilantro, sliced radishes and a wide selection of other garnishes, as well as select bottles of hot sauce. Our favorite is the local brand Salsa Huichol, which is very rare anywhere but Mexico. Some taco stands in Puerto Vallarta specialize in fish; if the name of the small establishment has the word mar, you’ll know it’s meat from the ocean. There are different pork tacos; carnitas is chopped pork, slowly cooked and tenderized in oil. Al pastor is also pork, cooked in a Lebanese style. It’s that cone-shaped meat you see being sliced directly onto the tortilla. Carne asada (asador) is beef, seared and grilled. Pollo (chicken) tacos are not as common but some places specialize in poultry. Other recognizable tacos are cabeza (head) which is exactly that; sesos (brains), oreja (ear) and lengua (tongue). Don’t rule these out. They’re boiled and cooked for so long you’ll forget what part of the cow they came from and they’re less oily than al pastor or asada.
This weekend will give you a chance to try them all at the Puerto Vallarta Taco Festival. This is optimistically the first annual, a tradition we would love to see carried on. April 15 and 16 at the Puerto Luna Hotel from 2 pm – 10 pm. There will be beer, tequila, buskers and music. You can taste your way through the festivities all day long. We have been told the best tacos in all of Puerto Vallarta will be available.
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Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article! (opinions expressed are his own)
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