Even though this place may seem like a small, little joint – there’s nothing small about the food Tacos El Asador serves. Seven picnic style tables with benches are almost always full with customers. So come here at an odd time, like 2 o’clock, and you’ll have a better chance of getting a seat.
Jarritos is my favorite brand of soda and it is a real treat for me when we can go to a Mexican restaurant or store to get some.
Tamales, in case you didn’t know, are any ingredient (in this case corn) mixed into masa and then wrapped in a corn husk or banana leaf and steamed. Masa is a type of dough made from corn meal.
For some reason, I do not like the chicken tamales at all. I cannot describe the taste, so I won’t bother trying. But I do like the corn tamales, maybe because as my mother suggested, the added corn gives this tamale a sweet flavour. To cut the sweetness, we add their salsa verde and a little sour cream.
These are so good that I always eat two of them. Unlike what some places might do, Tacos El Asador takes off the chorizo sausage casing and then browns the meat. This is then generously spread throughout the quesadilla. Guacamole and the salsa verde also go really good with this.
My mom describes this as a cross between a taquito and an enchilada. And she usually orders two as well. At $3.20 each, this is a remarkably good deal that satisfies my mother’s cheap streak. I really like the crunchy outer shell and the soft (meaty) shredded chicken in the center. For that reason next time we come here (and we will!!) I’m ordering one chorizo quesadilla and one crispy chicken taco. And don’t forget the guacamole!!!