While it seems like it’s common sense how to eat tacos; bite, chew, swallow, repeat. However, there’s quite a bit more that goes into tacos that most people don’t know. Even if you eat tacos on a regular basis your first authentic Mexican at Limon y Sal taco will be a whole new experience. Don’t be intimidated because learning how to eat tacos is part of the fun of Mexican cuisine! Here’s what you need to know to eat your taco like a pro.
How To Eat Tacos: The Tortilla
First and foremost, don’t expect a flour tortilla—and don’t expect the corn tortillas to taste anything like the store-bought variety. Many restaurants make their tortillas from scratch or purchase from a local tortilleria. Tortillas will taste a bit different from one restaurant to the next as each chef has their own recipe. Tortillas will be so small that you will need between 3 to 5 tacos depending on your appetite. To ensure that your toppings don’t leak through many restaurants will double up their tortillas.
How To Eat Tacos: The Filling
Because the tortillas are small you will only get a small amount of fillings per taco. Most restaurants will fill only with meat, then you will top yourself with onion, cilantro, and freshly squeezed lime.
How To Eat Tacos: The Salsa
Each restaurant will have a selection of house salsas which often includes a red salsa roja made from roasted peppers, a green salsa verde made from tomatillos, and maybe a signature salsa or two. There may be a pico de gallo, a thin avocado sauce (that’s not guacamole), pickled onions, and maybe even a chipotle mayo. How spicy each sauce is will vary from one restaurant to the next, and since it’s made fresh the level of heat will vary depending on how spicy the pepper and tomatillos are to begin with. Looks can be deceiving so be sure to spoon a little on your plate to taste before you fully commit. You are sure to find a few bottled hot sauces too.
What About The Beans And Rice
The occasional taco has a thin layer of whole or refried beans, but don’t expect beans and rice as an automatic side. When eating at Limon y Sal, combo plates are available to satisfy all your food desires. Another common side dish at Limon y Sal is fresh roasted green onions with the stalk and bulb and jalapeños.