Taqueria Mexicana- Arlington, TX Barbacoa Gordita review

Taquiera Mexican Arlington GorditaWhen I’m in the mood for Mexican food, and I really mean MEXICAN- not tex-mex, I drive around looking for a mom and pop type establishment. What that usually means is that you’ll have a very low chance that someone there speaks English. That’s okay because food is a universal language! If there is someone that speaks English well there, you have about a 1 in 3 chance that the person will be the cashier AND under 13 years of age. That’s when you know you’re going to get some good food at a good deal! Seriously, no sarcasm implied!

Here in Arlington, that place for me is Taqueria Mexicana in downtown-ish Arlington on Collins St. They’re right across the street from where they’re building the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. That means they’re either going to get LOTS of business OR they’ll get bought out. I hope it’s the prior option. They have great food at awesome prices and they’re even open till 3am on Friday and Saturdays! Their menu does have some English on it, enough to pick out what you want. I usually just drop by and get a few tacos- $1.35 each. With tacos, you get a choice of flour or corn tortillas. I was a flour guy, but recently have started delving into the corn tortillas and they’re pretty tasty too. They’re filled cilantro and onions(optional) with your choice of meat- asado(steak), barbacao (mexican bbq- more of a stewed beef), chicken, fried pork, chicharron(pork rinds cooked in spices), lengua(tongue) or intestine. I haven’t yet worked up the nerve to try the last 2, but I’m sure they’re tasty too. I have tried the chicharron though and it’s pretty good. I like to order 1 with other tacos because it adds a little “moisture” to my meal. And by moisture, I mean fat. They include limes and green salsa to add to taste. Add them.

Last night, I decided to venture away from my usual tacos and try a barbacoa gordita. Only $2.50! Now some of you are thinking, “Oh, Taco Bell has gorditas too!”. Wrong. Taco Bell uses what seems to be a warmed up pita. The gordita I got was a really thick corn tortilla, grilled, split and stuffed with barbacoa meat, beans, lettuce, tomato slices and avocado slices. Squeeze a little lime on it and add a little green salsa and you’re set.

The Gordita ExperienceEating the gordita wasn’t something I’d want to do in a car. It was definitely a messy ordeal. First, I tried a fork and knife but everything seemed to be falling apart using that method. I reverted to just picking up the entire thing and eating it like a burger. Check out the pictures for how that worked out for me. The gordita was savory from the meat, chewy from the tortilla and creamy from avocado. I did need to add a little salt, but that was probably from my choice of barbacoa. I’d probably go with asado or something else more flavorful next time.

If you’re looking for real Mexican food at great prices, definitely check out Taquiera Mexican. Wherever you go, be sure to keep your eye out for the little mom and pop places. That’s where you get REAL food. And if you don’t know any Spanish(I took a little in high school), just point at something on the menu and odds are you’ll get something good. I’d steer clear of the tongue and intestine for right now, though.

Taqueria Mexicana in Arlington

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9 Comments to “Taqueria Mexicana- Arlington, TX Barbacoa Gordita review”

  1. eulessbabe
    July 6, 2008

    OMG-thank you for posting this! I’ve been on the search for goooood Mexican food in the HEB area. I’ve passed by this restaurant as I’m frequently in Arlington, but I’ve yet to stop. Now I know where to go. Thanks! Btw, lengua and tripe (intestine) are, I suppose, an acquired taste but they are muy delicioso! Many thanks for the referral!

  2. UTA student
    August 23, 2008

    I’ve noticed that this place was still open when I left the GasPipe. So when I typed in “tacos Arlington, TX” in the Google search, I was quite pleased that this was the first thing to pop up :p

    I bet they only take cash though.

  3. TxTiger
    August 24, 2008

    I just stopped by this place Friday. I was also surprised they were open until 3 on the weekends. Definitely good to know. I ordered the tacos al carbon. Really tasty. And only 7.99. It’s normally around $10 elsewhere. Oh, and UTA Student, they take cards. I used my Visa.

  4. Gaby Díaz
    November 9, 2008

    hello i was looking for a gorditas´picture and i found this place XD very interesting to know that people in other countries likes our food…
    well you should eat gorditas, tacos, sopes, enchiladas, etc with your own hands…
    and i recomend you to look for pozole, its a very delicios mm.. food? no, i dont know how you will say that word im tinking… but well…try the lengua and tripe, just dont think in what it is, im sure you would like!
    got to go..hasta luego!!

  5. Homero Acosta
    May 27, 2011

    thanks for the good detil god bles you but we move to 1407 E.Abram ST, Arlington tx, 76010
    now we be gald to serve you att our new place

  6. omar morales
    July 6, 2011

    hola buenos dias tengo carne de borrego fresca me gustaria ser negocios con usted de ante mano muchas gracias y espero le interese ,,atte, omar

  7. Elizbeth Segura
    July 4, 2014

    If you haf barbacoa then you’ve had lengua as well. Its mixed into it. Have a bless day.

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