108 - Mexican Tacos on Bloor

By Mary Luz Mejia

Published: September 20, 2006

Crunchy, bright yellow taco shells from fast food joints or straight out of a box are not, by a long shot, a true Mexican taco. For that, amigos, go west on Bloor until you hit Mexitaco, one of the most authentic taquerias (or taco shops) this side of the border.

For the beef-eaters in the crowd, there's bistec tacos made with strips of lean beef that are sizzled on the grill, served on warm, soft, white corn tortillas with a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkling of cilantro.

taco platterThe tinga taco is one of my favourites. Onions get cooked with shredded chicken pieces and smothered in a wonderfully smoky chipotle sauce that gets served over soft corn tortillas.

As with all tacos, diners get their choice of hot sauces to drizzle over the top of their meals should they want authentic Mexican heat. On hand you'll find a salsa verde made from tomatillos (tart, green tomato-looking fruit that's related to the gooseberry) and jalapeno peppers, a pico de gallo fresh salsa with chopped onion, tomato, cilantro and citrus juice, and a red salsa made from red chipotle peppers and spices, as well as fresh lime wedges.

A new addition to the Mexitaco taco family is the vegetarian taco made with grilled onions, and green and red peppers.

The cochinita pilbil is another must-try if you like slow-cooked tender pork served on a tortilla with pickled onions.

There are other taco offerings on the menu as well, all of which pair up nicely with a Sidral Mundet. This traditional Mexican apple cider pop is as refreshing as the authenticity of the food it accompanies. Buen Provecho!

828 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario