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Has anyone said tacos? These are the new best taquerías in Madrid

Madrid is full of Mexican cuisine and these, ladies and gentlemen, are the best restaurants where to try tacos as if we were defenses.

Governor tacos with Oaxaca cheese from Mawey Taco Bar © Mawey Taco Bar

With the permission of the tortilla chips with guacamole Y crow's beak, the tacos They are the Mexican street dish that has crossed more borders.

Maybe that's why he is also one of the biggest affected by the gourmet fusions and 'pollution' in the purest style tex-mex.

It happens in many places of Madrid, except in these new taquerías, list of which we could not leave out a classical anthousing that has just renewed its letter.

ROO CANTINA (López de Hoyos, 13)

Tacos are one of the stars of Cantina Roo's letter, the new Mexican who has opened in the city to show that there is life beyond traditional recipes. And yet to be so really cool as the most genuine of the taquerías.

It's what happens when you insist on doing things (very) well, combining Mexican ingredients and recipes with the best of our national product.

In other words: Iberian lizard tacos marinated with in shepherd sauce (with achiote), roasted on charcoal and served with an avocado foam. Or the piglet taco, the meat that substitutes the Mexican carnitas in this canteen and that is accompanied by pork rinds, cilantro, red onion and jalapeno vinaigrette to give it that essential spicy touch.

And although today we recommend Cantina Roo for tacos, we can not fail to mention other proposals in his letter, such as its sea bass and prawn ceviche, the tempura prawn with Iberian bacon and tetilla cheese -wrapped in lettuce leaf to eat it with your hands, as if it were a Vietnamese nem- and ravioli stuffed with huitlacoche and accompanied by emmental cheese, the best example of the great couple that make Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine in this canteen.

TWELVE CHILES (Ayala, 28)

Here the tacos are made to the comal, the typical Mexican iron plate used to cook the tortillas with which tacos and quesadillas are made in the streets of Mexico.

More authentic - considering how far we are from Mexico City - you can't. And that is precisely what they want from 12 Chiles, the position of street food Mexican open at the Mercado de la Paz: To claim authentic Mexican cuisine, far removed from the Tex-Mex versions to which we have become ill-accustomed.

Blanquita is the only one who approaches the comal, and to the casseroles with the traditional stews that surround it. With them it is filling, one by one, each taco, quesadilla or chubby.

And it makes them one by one, in view of the public: cochinilta pibil, mole with chicken, chicken tinga, meat to the shepherd ... and so on up to nine. Ideally, order them three by three (for € 10) and leave room to try at least one quesadilla with authentic Oaxaca cheese.

The choice is difficult, but we stay with the huitlacoche with cheese. By the way, everything here is homemade, from the guacamole to the tortillas with which they make the tacos, made one by one - we insist - by Blanquita.

Here the tacos are made at the comal © Doce Chiles

MAWEY TACO BAR (Olid, 6)

Mawey is not an ordinary taqueria, it is a author's taqueria. Which means that here the traditionality of the menu is allowed some other license, combining the stews and ingredients typical of Mexican cuisine with the best product of the Spanish.

Fusion, yes, but with discretion and much respect for this street dish. Modern too, but far from the tex-mex. To be specified: in the most traditional section, taco cochinilla taco with X'nipec -sake originally from the Yucatan Peninsula-, governor with Oaxaca cheese and kikos powder, or Taco al Pastor with scallions, pineapple and coriander.

And with the chef's most personal seal, ear tacos and cuttlefish with habanero chili sauce, crispy cod, with romescu sauce of mulatto and avocado, cheek with poblano chili sauce and garden. Y a lot of eye to his out of letter, because they belong to those who do not disappoint.

TEPIC (Ayala, 14)

Here there is no room for fusion. And we love it. The kitchen they practice in Tepic is popular, traditional, like the one that mothers and grandmothers have always done. But yes, reviewed and presented with a current and modern vision, that is why we are in the 21st century and more than 9,000 kilometers away from Mexico City.

There are moles, tortilla chips, homemade tortillas -of wheat and corn-, aguachiles and, of course, tacos. And their elaborations are those that are for hours doing 'chop-chop' to the fire, made with ingredients so authentic that they grow in their own garden in Ávila -from the peppers to the avocados-.

The kings of the letter are the tacos al pastor, cooked with a meat marinated in the traditional style, with cane vinegar, and roasted in charcoal as it is done in Mexico - in a typical spin, one hundred percent artisan and with first quality meat.

They share letter and prominence with the tacos of chicken tinga with refried beans, from cochinita pibil, sirloin with roasted onion and wrapped in a tortilla with cheese, mushrooms and nopales, and even tacos of terrific battered fish, prepared following a recipe from Baja California. Each and every one of them deserves a couple of snacks, and more than one visit.

THANKS, DAD (José Ortega y Gasset, 55)

The Salamanca district, at the height of José Ortega y Gasset street, has changed the brick by the palms of the beaches of Tulum.

Is Thanks, Dad, the Mexican who has brought the aesthetics and the coastal atmosphere and his best-known dishes to the capital. Next to the tacos, with more than ten to choose from -al pastor, carnitas, crispy fish, cochinita pibil, chicken tinga... - and some five quesadillas, the letter is completed with proposals such as totopos, tamales, corn (corn cob), corn Mayan skies (a traditional stew made with corn kernels) and green chilaquiles with chicken.

Important note: Here they are not friends of cutlery, and the idea is to eat practically the whole letter with their hands, just as if we were on a beach day looking at the Pacific.

Tacos al pastor de Gracias Padre © Facebook / Gracias Padre

TAKOS TO THE SHEPHERD (Abada, 2 and Buttons, 7)

They came, they saw and they won. Takos to the Pastor they are still the kings of flavor and price (only one euro), because few cheap tacos are so well resolved in Madrid.

They already have two stores in the capital and the lines are always endless, so we recommend that you go quickly. Once inside, you may not get a place and you have to eat it standing or on the street, but it is worth it.

Ask for any of the options on the menu, although for the first time, we have it very clear: soft -fatty meat hanging from the ribs of the cow-, of cochinilla pibil or chicken wire.

The presentation is like in the Mexican street stalls, served all together and on the same plate, accompanied by lemon wedges (lime, for us) to dress to taste.

There is no room - nor time - for fineness or gourmet presentations, which Here we have come to eat with our hands and become very fine.

Traditional and impressive © Takos al pastor

DF BAR (Larra, 23 and León, 31)

His aesthetics are modest and maybe that's why he has entered us first through the eyes and then through the stomach. Because DF Bar has that authentic touch of the small Mexican torterías, where they are only served tacos, quesadillas and, as the name implies, cakes - on horseback between a hamburger and a stew sandwich.

The tacos are homemade, and the fillings very mother. From the cochinita pibil, cooked with pork marinated in orange, or that of mole with chicken, with chili sauce, nuts and chocolate.

Although it is worth coming to Mexico City it is to try a different taco to all those offered in Madrid: the drowned chicken tacos, a fried corn tortilla and stuffed with chicken, 'drowned' in green tomatillo sauce with lettuce, cream and cheese. Something like a dish of tacos in salsa.

THE WILD SPEND (Ponzano, 93)

In our list sneaks The Wild Gastro, the tavern of Chema Soer author and fusion caps. And it sneaks not because he is a true Mexican, but because everything he does is very authentic, even Mexican recipes. We are in a tavern of tapas very street food, many of them inspired by Mexico and with the occasional Asian touch. And that's where the tacos come in.

The wagyu rib with teriyaky and mint, cooked at low temperature for more than 12 hours; or the artisan bao of cochinita pibil, a free interpretation and with a touch of fusion brand of the house, cooking the Mexican-style cochinita for hours, crumbled by hand and accompanied by kimchi mayonnaise.

The result is very surprising, and tremendously tasty.

ÑAAAAM © The Wild Gastro

CASCABEL ROOM (Serrano, 52)

It is not new, but it is so good that it should always appear in any list of the best tacos in Madrid. And everything that comes out of the kitchen of this informal Mexican lounge -little brother of the very famous Punto MX- It is pure vice, and what better excuse than the change of letter to recommend it again.

Among the novelties, two tacos: the soft shell, with soft shell crab accompanied by intense bean cream, pasilla pepper, lime and a crispy fresh carrot. Or the vegetarian taco, based on falafel, peppermint, black olives and yogurt, really surprising for how tasty it iss.

It goes great with a touch of its new chipotlera sauces and accompanied, of course, of the homemade guacamole and the fried chips of the house that, by the way, can be bought to take away and enjoy at home -for now they are only sold at the El Corte Inglés Gourmet Club, but everything will go ... -.

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