Happy Taco Tuesday, y’all! In honor of my first Taco Tuesday post, I wanted to share with y’all my absolute favorite place to get an authentic, Mexican street-style taco in Las Vegas: Tacos El Gordo de Tijuana B.C. Though they have been in the food service industry since 1972, the family-owned eatery first started dishing up their mouth-watering tacos packed with Tijuana flavors in San Diego in 1998 before expanding to Las Vegas in 2010.
Today, Tacos El Gordo is a Las Vegas favorite with three locations throughout the valley. For tourists and the late night crowd, the most convenient location is located on the north end of the Strip – walking distance to the Wynn – on Las Vegas Boulevard between Desert Inn and Convention Center Dr.
When you order at Tacos El Gordo, your actual order dictates where you order – which can sometimes throw off taco newbies. My go-to order is the carne asada tacos and a cheese quesadilla – because let me tell you, nowhere makes these simple little cheese quesadillas quite like they do and they complement the spice of the taco perfectly. But back to the tacos, the meat options or vast and varied – from beef brisket to pork stomach to tongue, nestled in a warm corn tortilla and topped with spicy salsa and fresh house-made guacamole. I like to add radish slices and a squeeze of fresh lime juice, too.
The flavors and authenticity of Tacos El Gordo speak for themselves, but in case you needed a little extra incentive, you know how presidents and presidential candidates often try to find those little hole-in-the-wall places with exceptional food, and humble, great American dream style stories (a la President Obama and the amazing Ben’s Chili Bowl)? Well when presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited Las Vegas recently, she stopped by for a taco from Tacos El Gordo before hitting up her rally in downtown Vegas.
Go forth and have tacos!
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