12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: Tacos al pastor

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For the 11th taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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Tacos al pastor!

 

So, we’re hanging out at El Trompo, this real-deal Mexican taco joint in Kensington Market. This place is known for its authentic south of the border food, as well as its horribly outdated, Flash-based website. Now, the fish tacos are pretty legit, and the queso fundido is outta bounds bro, but the al pastor is where it’s at. They serve ’em up Dee Efe style with pineapple, coriander and onion, and some lime on the side. Five to an order will only cost ya 10 bucks, bro!!!

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12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: 10 Doritos Locos Tacos

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For the 10th taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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10 Doritos Locos Tacos!

 

Back in 2013, when they first introduced Doritos Locos Tacos to Canada, I might have gone a little overboard. Y’see, I knew they were only available for a limited time, so I wanted to eat so many at one time that I would never feel like I was missing out if I didn’t ever eat them again. Yes, I did eat all 10 of them. And sure enough, I have not eaten another Doritos Locos Taco to this day.

READ MORE: That time I ate 10 Doritos Locos Tacos

12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: Fried chicken ‘n waffle taco

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For the ninth taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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A fried chicken ‘n waffle taco!

Now, I’ve had some pretty crazy tacos in my lifetime, but this one might be the most funky of the funky bunch. There’s this little joint called Cluck Clucks, down around St. Lawrence Market, where all they serve is fried chicken ‘n waffles. And last summer, after eating a piece of fried chicken and a waffle, and then a fried chicken and waffle sandwich, I still had room for this crazy culinary creation. They call it a twaco, equal parts waffle and taco, with fried chicken, crispy tortilla strips and an Asian-style dressing. When you scarf down this twaco, a Corona gets its lime, bro!!!!

READ MORE: If I had my little way, I’d eat chicken ‘n waffles every day…

 

12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: All the tacos in the Barrio!

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For the eighth taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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All the tacos in the Barrio!

 

Now, back when I used to live in the east end, there was a certain stretch of Queen St that you wanted to avoid, on the other side of the tracks from Degrassi St up to about Pape. There used to be a buncha dive bars, pawn shops and greasy-looking diners that you didn’t wanna mess around in…but that area’s pretty nice now. I mean, you’ve got cozy little pubs like the Brooklyn Tavern, at Queen and Brooklyn, and a few killer Mexican joints, like Barrio Cerveceria, where they’re serving up seven different kinds of tacos at $5-$6 a pop.

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12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: Grilled cactus taco

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For the seventh taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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A grilled cactus taco!

 

Now, I don’t always eat vegan food, but when I do, it’s gotta be so far outta bounds that a search party can’t find it. Like this south-of-the-border classic from the renegades of funk at Tacos 101, the nopal taco. They take grilled cactus, chop it up like crunchy green beans, and add layers of beans, cheese, tomatoes and onions. Pretty sure I could slam seven of these, son!!!

READ MORE: These cactus tacos are where it’s at!

12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: $6.50 Taco Tuesday trio

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For the sixth taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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A $6.50 Taco Tuesday trio!

 

We all know that Tuesday is the national day for tacos, bro! And it turns out there’s this funky fast food joint down by the ballpark that’s serving up three tacos for $6.50 on this righteous day of the week. They’ve got chicken, they’ve got steak, they’ve even got a fish stick taco…but trust me, you wanna get the carnitas times three.

READ MORE: Taco Del Mar puts the Taco in Tuesdays (They’ve got a way with meats!)

12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: Five breakfast tacos!

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For the fifth taco of Christmas, my Trujilo gave to me…

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Five breakfast tacos!

 

Can we have tacos for breakfast, mommy dear, mommy dear? Ya gotta have ’em in Texas–cuz that’s where they’re super legit, bro! Seriously, just about every Mexican joint in Austin is open in the morning, serving up tacos with some variation of egg, meat and cheese. And at The Original Tamale House, in East Austin, you can even come up with your own funky, flavourlicious creations. Let’s just say I made a few…

READ MORE: Cinco tacos por desayuno, hermano!