Hey, I am having trouble knowing how to order tacos at a more authentic Mexican taco place. So I have a couple questions, if you could be so kind.

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corn tortillas are over flour tortillas right?

2)how many sides are acceptable to add to taco bc they fill it up with a ton of meat?

3)is it better to order in bad Spanish or English?

4)is it ever acceptable to add guacamole to taco?

5)can I put pico de Gallo on all my tacos or just specific types of meat? I know it probably doesn’t go with everything, but Many of the meats are spicy. What does pico de Gallo mean in Spanish? Because I feel like languages have many jokes.

I will be happy for any responses. Uh gracias.


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· 2y · edited 2y
If it’s a more authentic place you just tell them the meat you want, I always get chorizo, lengua, cabeza, and pastor but pick your own poison. They might ask if you want cebollas y cilantro or they’ll include them automatically. Corn is default tortilla, my places probably don’t even have flour in stock so no worries there. Salsa should be on the table in a bottle or to go they’ll give you a cup.

In short, at an authentic taco place you really only need to tell them what meat you want. Everything else (onions, cilantro, corn tortilla, salsa) comes standard. If they have other sides or options like guac or pico go ahead and get them if you want I really doubt they’ll care.

And ordering tacos in Spanish is about as easy as it gets” me da un taco de chorizo por favor” but if you don’t feel comfortable in other conversation then just order in English.


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This is how all of the authentic places around me operate. I tell them I want pork taco. That's it. Everything else I would need is brought to me. I always treated tacos sort of like sushi. I will eat it exactly the way the chef/cook wants me to eat it by utilizing what they give me.


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I do love getting cabeza before eating tacos but i am primarily interested in the food. And I have trouble hearing and what not so I am trying to be as courteous as possible in the store.


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You’re overthinking it. Just don’t put ketchup on your taco.


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Op · 2y

Thanks u/Kpruett95. I am quite new to having a taco. It’s really quite bullshit.


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As the owner of a taco truck - we don't care what you order. We'll make it however you want, and many authentic spots will have all the garnishes on a self-serve table.

A good taco consists of corn tortilla, meat (chicken is iffy), cilantro , cebolla. But what makes a good taco great is the salsa. Doesn't matter if you like mild or extremely hot. When prepared right they add depth to a taco that you can't get if you eat it plain.


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sin salsa no hay taco


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Sorry, but what's "iffy" about chicken tacos?


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Op · 2y
Thanks!


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In my area you can get pollo asado with a side of tortillas and salsas and it’s delicious.


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Just say

"5 pastor tacos, 5 Asada tacos, limes and 2 beers." Good to go everytime. If they ask you for flour tortillas then it's not authentic. Then go to the salsa bar and get a bowl of the pickled red onions and a pile of the jalapeño carrot and onion stuff. If they don't have that then leave, you're in the wrong place

And never ever ever get any kind of French fries dish, that's not Mexican food, I can't stress this enough!


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Do you speak Spanish? 1a. If yes, Does the order taker only speak Spanish. If no, then speak English (if you prefer to), if yes, speak Spanish.

Just order 'con todo,' it means you get everything on it, which in my perspective is: cilantro, cabbage, chile roots, and onions with a lime. Or they'll have a bar for the fixings on the side. You can then say "without " whatever fixings you do not prefer. Trust me ordering in Spanish before being fluent was a wreck for me. But Mexicans that run shops have learned English too these day.


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chile roots

I thought I was fairly knowledgeable about Mexican food and tacos, but I've never heard of chile roots.


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Languages come and go for me, so I lost most of the Spanish I knew. So I will just stick to English.

It’s a side bar, and I will try these topping but only three I think. I have just been doing a salsa, pico, and cilantro.

I wasn’t trying to insinuate that they didn’t know English, it’s just that the menu is in Spanish and it frequented predominantly by Hispanic people from what I’ve observed, so I don’t know which is considered more polite in Mexican or Hispanic culture (I’m not sure if it’s run by actual Mexican people or other Latin American people’s)

Side bar: does Hispanic refer just to Spain and Spanish people or does it encompass all Spanish speaking people’s?


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depends on the filling, but generally, yes... if you don't know, get corn. Some examples where I prefer flour tortillas are: egg tacos, avocado tacos with butter and salt, refried bean and pork, filet mignon and bone marrow.

they shouldn't be too full, or if they come with two tortillas, split it and make two tacos. Usually, pico, salsa, lime... or cilantro, onion, salsa, lime... sometimes avocado, grilled onions, cotija cheese, pork cracklings, radish, or even pineapple, depends on what you ordered... The garnishes will be provided for you. I'd never do: rice, shredded cheese, sour cream, 'bean salsa', 'baja corn salsa', any salsa with raw cumin (this is the most disgusting thing for me of salsas in the US the taste of raw cumin.. ughhh, nothing says "5 de mayo special at el guapos tex-mex food" quite like cumin). We are Mexico, not India.

You are in the US, English. if you are in Mexico, Spanish. Not sure why this would matter.

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Yes.

You can do whatever the fuck you like, you are the one paying for and eating the food. The meaning of the phrase will translate differently depending on the context. It can mean chopped food for/because of chickens, chicken beak, etc. Pico = peak, beak, something chopped. Gallo = rooster