Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Top Notch Steak Taco's

-Got Beef? taco's de carne asada

Even though we are cursed with Dominick's and Jewel being our main grocery spots around Chicagoland, we still have great ethnic markets. The biggest presence around town is the Mexican mercado's. We are flooded with family owned markets that stock great produce at great prices and supply all of our Latino residents with everything needed in your pantry with all cuts of meat and then some. Most of these wonderful markets have a taqueria inside where you can get all sorts of fresh homemade Mexican dishes. These little taco shops within the grocery store are very popular at lunch time.

Im still a big fan fan of pasadita's skirt steak taco's but they may have been passed up by the unsuspecting Chapala Tianguis and the taco's de carne asada served inside the grocery store. In the past month I have been here 10+ times to do my grocery shopping and devour a few steak taco's afterwards. I would suspect that this is another location of the Chapala markets around Chicago. The taqueria at chapala grills up the skirt steak so the pieces are charred and crispy and chops it pretty finely so there are no chewy parts and it is served standard topped with super fresh onions and cilantro. Tianguis makes two top notch salsa's both a verde and roja that are better than most I have had elsewhere, pour some of their top notch salsa verde on top of your steak taco and you got pure bliss in my book. The salsa is also available to go in any amount for a ridiculously low price. Taco's are $1.59/each.

Note: I find the taco's to be at their best during the lunch hour when the steak is just being chopped and hot off the grill.

Tianguis chapala steak taco w/ salsa verde

Rating Scale 5/5

steak: 4
cilantro/onions: 5
tortilla: 4
salsa: 5

Score 18/20

Chapala Tianguis
3552 w. Armitage
Chicago, IL 60647

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