DISCLAIMER: No one should read this on an empty stomach.
One word, tons of flavors: Tacos.
They come in all shapes and sizes. We hate to break it to you, but… Taco Bell has been lying to us.
Traditional tacos are nothing like those (delicious, let’s be honest) hard tortillas with ground beef and cheese. So don’t expect that when you’re sitting at a crowded taquería in Mexico City. Don’t worry, we got your back on this. Inspired by ‘The Taco Chronicles’, Netflix’s latest culinary docuseries, we here present to you the 3 most popular types of tacos you can find in Mexico City, while staying at La Palomilla.
The legend: Taco al pastor.
A delicious blend of dried chillies and achiote gives the pork meat a unique color, texture, and of course, flavor. The meat gets slow-cooked on a vertical rotisserie called el trompo, and then thinly sliced off the pit and placed over small -and soft, of course- tortillas. Then served with some finely chopped cilantro, fresh onion, and let’s not forget: a slice of pineapple. Trust us on this one: There’s quite nothing like it.
A classic: Carnitas.
Did anybody say ‘tender meat’? Carnitas (literally meaning “little meats”) is one of the most delicious dishes mexican cuisine has to offer. It’s made by simmering pork in oil until soft (yes, you got that right). The process takes about 3 to 4 hours and the result is the softest, most tender and juicy meat you’ll ever taste. It’s finely chopped and served over fresh tortillas, decorated with a good ol’ handful of cilantro and onion. It’ll have your mouth watering, seriously.
Last but not least: Tacos de canasta.
The beauty of this type of tacos is in their name: Tacos of the basket (some people call ‘em basket tacos, but that’s not what we’re here for). Tacos de canasta are a very popular on-the-go meal. They’re often served by people on the street, out of cloth-covered baskets (see what we meant?) They’re, by far, the softest tacos ever, so moist, filled with chicharrón, mole verde, potato, refried beans, shredded chicken, often served with guacamole on top… Oh, and did we mention? They’re so cheap!