500 Tacos: Tacaso El Amigo

 
 
A taco a day for 2015 — and then some
 
Tacaso El Amigo
8661 Spicewood Springs Road in the Budget Lube & Car Wash lot (map), 512-803-7563
Hours: 7am-5pm Mon-Sat; 8am-1pm Sun
 
By Mike Sutter | © Fed Man Walking | 04.29.15
 
A trailer this small should be selling cotton candy at a carnival. What comes from the busy window of Tacaso El Amigo is just as sweet. Look for it next to the car wash on the Spicewood side of the midway we call U.S. 183.
 
Taco A: Chorizo and beans
Imagine a beautiful al pastor with an aromatic flourish of herbal red spice. Now grind up that pork and kick the heat up a notch and you have El Amigo’s chorizo, a sleek velveteen crumble of fall flavors without the oil-spill sheen of less-evolved chorizo. With an appropriately salty half-mash of refried pintos on a handmade corn tortilla, this is what a trailer taco should be. ($1.75)
 
 
Taco B: Bacon and eggs
Sometimes you just want bacon and eggs for breakfast. Here, crunchy bacon bits are scrambled right into the eggs, cooked to a balance of fluffy and toasty on the flat-top with a dash of cilantro on a hot corn tortilla. ($1.40)
 
 Al pastor and carne asada: Strips of salted grilled pork and basic steak describe these tacos, each finished with fresh onions and cilantro. Suitable for an inexpensive carnivore’s fix at $1.75 each.
 Tortillas: Even in this tiny space, these hot, fluffed, toasted 4-inch corn tortillas are made by hand.
 Salsa: Squeeze bottles hold a salty jalapeño red that builds to a big, dry heat and a cool, creamy green sauce with a tart, steady burn.
 Menu: Tacaso El Amigo doesn’t have a website. I’ve posted the menu here.
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(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)