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Taco Tutorials: How to Order Tacos Like a Pro in Mexico

¡Hola, amigos y amigas! If you're learning Spanish to deepen your cultural experience in Mexico, then mastering the art of taco ordering is essential. Today, we're diving deep into this cultural phenomenon that goes beyond food—it's a lifestyle. So, sit tight and get ready to become a taco connoisseur!

The Language of Tacos

In Mexico, tacos are not just food; they are a lifestyle. Discover the history and importance of tacos in Mexican culture.

Before you can order like a pro, it's crucial to understand some basic taco terminology:

  • Taco: A folded or rolled tortilla filled with various ingredients.

  • Al Pastor: Pork taco seasoned with various spices.

  • Carnitas: Deep-fried pork.

  • Barbacoa: Slow-cooked meat, usually lamb or beef.

  • Salsa: Sauce; can be spicy or mild.

Types of Tacos You Should Know

Don't know your "Tacos de Pastor" from your "Tacos de Suadero"? This section is your go-to guide for understanding the rich variety of tacos available.

  1. Tacos al Pastor: These are the king of street tacos.

  2. Tacos de Carnitas: A Michoacán specialty.

  3. Tacos de Pescado: Fish tacos, mainly from Baja California.

  4. Tacos de Barbacoa: Often eaten on weekends.

  5. Tacos de Guisado: Stewed meat tacos.

Ordering Like a Pro: The Do's and Don'ts

Now that you're familiar with the types of tacos, let's talk about the lingo and etiquette of ordering tacos like a local. From how to ask for extra "salsa" to saying "para llevar" when you want it to-go.


  • Always ask for a taste.

  • Use polite language.

  • Specify the type of salsa.


  • Don't ask for hard-shell tacos.

  • Don't use generic phrases.

Insider Tips: Where to Find the Best Tacos

Ready to chow down? Here are some insider tips and tricks for finding the ultimate taco spots in Mexico.

Whether you're in Mexico City, Guadalajara, or Monterrey, the best taco spots are often the most crowded ones. Trust the locals!

Tacos are more than just a meal; they're a testament to Mexico's rich culture and tradition. By ordering tacos like a local, you're doing more than satisfying your appetite—you're becoming part of a beloved ritual.

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