Having a Moment With Tacos al Pastor in Puerto Escondido, Mexico
A colorful and aromatic plate of tacos al pastor is about as close as one can get to a masterpiece, especially on a balmy night with the breeze blowing in off the Pacific while you’re sitting on a plastic chair in an open-air Puerto Escondido taquería. A circle of warmed corn tortillas liberally strewn with meat freshly carved from the al pastor wheel and sprinkled with chopped onions and fresh cilantro is brought to you without fanfare. The pork has rotated its way to cooked perfection, the fire browning the onion and pineapple juice as it dripped over the barbecue-marinated meat. A bowl of limes, jalapeno-infused pico de gallo, creamy guacamole and spicy red salsa sit in small plastic bowls ready for you to add their distinct flavors and textures to your tacos. It’s food that satisfies all your senses while filling your stomach. If you’re hankering for something sweet to follow the salt you can grab an horchata and then your perfect Mexican night will be complete.