Tacos are an essential part of Mexican food culture. With a wide variety of flavors and ingredients, the possibilities are endless. However, one taco stands out above the rest: the taco placero. This taco is so full of ingredients that it can compete with a mole in baroque style, making it the king of kings in Mexican food.
What is a Taco Placero?
The taco placero is so named because it was created and sold in plazas. Today, it can be found in homes and at celebrations throughout Mexico. This taco is made with a vast array of ingredients that can be put together all at once or separately, allowing diners to choose what they like.
The Ingredients of a Taco Placero
The ingredients of a taco placero vary depending on the region and personal preferences. Some common ingredients include barbacoa, avocado, nopalitos, cheese, chiles cuaresmeños, and papalo quelite. However, in the State of Mexico, a special kind of salad is eaten with a taco. This salad consists of nopales, potatoes, tomatoes, chicharrón, green chiles, charales, fresh cheese, pópalo quelite, cilantro, beef or pork feet, avocado, and even some barbacoa. The salad is seasoned with oil and vinegar, making it a perfect complement to the taco placero.
The Preparation of a Taco Placero
The preparation of a taco placero is quite simple. First, the tortillas are heated on a comal, a flat griddle used in Mexican cooking. Then, the ingredients are added, either all at once or separately. Diners can choose what they want to add to their tacos, making it a customizable dish.
Other Similar Snacks
In addition to the taco placero, there are other similar snacks made with masa, the dough used to make tortillas. These include sopes, tostadas, huaraches, quesadillas, tlacoyos, and totopos. Each of these snacks is prepared with a combination of different ingredients, according to the tastes and customs of each region.
For example, tlacoyos can be made with green or yellow beans, beans, pork rinds, cottage cheese, cheese, shrimp, mushrooms, or any type of meat. The same is done with sopes, tostadas, and totopos. Huaraches and quesadillas are also popular snacks in Mexico, both in popular celebrations and in daily meals.
In conclusion, the taco placero is the king of kings in Mexican food. This taco is made with a vast array of ingredients, making it a complete food that is almost unnecessary to prepare other dishes. It can be found throughout Mexico, both in plazas and in homes. Additionally, there are other similar snacks made with masa that are also popular in Mexican cuisine. Tacos, sopes, tostadas, huaraches, quesadillas, tlacoyos, and totopos are just a few examples of the variety of flavors and ingredients available in Mexican food.
In-Text Citation: Rosita Sánchez, Rosita and Estado de México. Conversación En La Cocina, Gastronomía Mexiquense. 1st ed., Mexico, Estado de México, 2006.