El Tizoncito Makes a Pretty Mean Meatsicle

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Choriqueso is not pretty, but it's pretty tasty.
​My taco post about El Si Hay earned me some shit. A few commenters said those tacos are trash. They called me a gringo. Get yourself to El Tizoncito, one said. Another agreed. Next thing you know, I'm sitting in a silver minivan with another Ater, teetering down Interstate 35 on my way to Oak Cliff.

El Tizoncito is not what we expected. Good tacos come from dilapidated shacks capped in corrugated metal, right? This place fronted a big strip mall and was freshly painted in orange and black -- and what the hell are those cute pieces of charcoal doing on the sign?

It didn't look like one of Dallas' better taco restaurants. It looked like a chain restaurant. It's not. Leo Spencer may have opened a second location on Forest Lane near Webb Chapel Road, but El Tizoncito is still small potatoes. It also has a pretty decent choriqueso.

"Looks good," said Lauren Drewes Daniels, who sat at my side holding a white can of Coke with a straw. I interjected that it looked like it might taste good, but lacked a certain aesthetic and pulled hard from a bottle of Pacifico. "Yeah, looks like cat puke," corrected Daniels, and then we tore into it anyway.

The thick, oily, cheese mixture was rich and nearly homogenous. I liked it better with a little of the salsa the waitress dropped off along with a free cup of black bean soup.

The tacos? Chicken, steak and pork versions contain dry but flavorful meat cut into an almost impossibly small dice. As with the choriqueso, I liked these better with some salsa. The pastor tacos, though, cut from a giant meatsicle twirling like a porcine barbershop pole up front, were fatty, rich and moist. The kitchen marinates slices of pork and stacks them on a giant vertical spit by hand. It's time-consuming, but it's worth it. I wish they'd come on better corn tortillas.

You can get the pastor as alambres, a stir-fry of sorts served on three store-bought flour tortillas, but go easy on the cheese -- the pig doesn't need it.

I ordered another Pacifico to wash my gluttony down and instantly lamented my decision. Behind the bar a waitress stirred a michelada in a large glass mug as it filled from an inverted bottle of Modelo. A slick little move, but I'd had enough beer. Enough tacos too. And Daniels had some gremlins to retrieve.

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Two salsas, onions, cilantro and a whole lotta lime.

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Finely chopped taco meats. The pastor is hanging out back there behind the guacamole on the left. Go eat it.

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Pastor meatsicle. If you could get a gyro built like this, people would weep

Location Info

El Tizoncito Taqueria

3404 W. Illinois Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Tizoncito Taqueria

3318 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Guest
Guest

In Mexico City, there is usually a cut pineapple stuck on the top of the trompo so the pineapple juice can dribble down on the pork.

I'm surprised not to see any pineapple on El Tizoncito's condiment cruet.It's usually there.

LesliO
LesliO

Hey, they forgot your pineapple in the condiment caddy.  SO good on the pork!

Kman
Kman

Try the Torta with Al Pastor.  A yummy grilled sandwich on a soft roll.  We've been lovin' El Tiz since they opened on Forest Lane.

jamal
jamal

that is one sexy meat mannequin in that last pic.

Guest
Guest

Best tacos in Dallas! Have the cheese loaded tacos al pastor "alambres". 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Well golly, me and Scott have something in common..we both like salsa on out tacos..WTF Scott, really?  Of course salsa makes a taco better...Breaking News Sounder: Salsa makes everything better!

What the Hell is choriqueso?  Chorizo and Queso? If so, then I would expect for it to look exactly as it does in your picture..not a lot of binder in chorizo or queso. 

Pacifico is a Merican knockoff of Mescun beera, No?  I would've went with a nice Dos Equis.

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

Yes. Choizo and queso. Which is why I didn't really care what it looked like. The whole story would have been different if they would have put that stuff in a bowl, right? But, they try to get creative with the presentation and it... well... it looks like that. Still good though. 

Pacifico is what they throw at you at the airports when you arrive Mexico. kwim? 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I kwym, strange presentation but Methinks it would have to be bueno, amiright? Can't go wrong with chorizo or queso.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

did the chriqueso look as unappetizing in person as that picture makes it look.   I liek some crazy shit, but that just doesnt look good at all.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

I took some buddies from Chicago on a "Taco Tour" last week, but didn't hit El Tiz. If I had known they offered indoor dining we would have dropped by. Much more awesome than freezing while eating El Si Hay on the hood of my car.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

the last taco tour I went on started at Chica Locas and ended at baby dolls on industrial

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

That's the classy one.

True Story: Dated a bartender at Chicas Locas. I would get all kinds of hookups from her "regulars". That was a fun time...

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Should be the other way around SM.......you start at The Lodge, or Jaguars-and end up at Chicas Locas.  Then when you have 3 dollars left, you walk to that 7-11 on the corner, and have 2 loaded hot dogs.

Or go to Lipsticks with that 3 dollars. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Don't forget King's Caberet, on Harry Hines....that place was flat out NASTY!  nasty. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

well if there is one thing we can ALL agree on, its that staying away from Flashdancer on 360 was the best thing we all ever did to ourselves

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

My dog dumped a "Choriqueso" on  my front yard after I fed him the leftover Jambalaya..........looks just like that!     

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