It’s been years since Taco Bell first introduced yours truly to (Tex) Mex cuisine and crunchy, mouthwatering tacos. Since then I’ve been on a journey to savour all sorts of Mexican-style flavours, textures and herbs wherever I can find them. And while most US chains have long since made their way to Europe, it’s taken years and years for me to cross paths again with the Bell. Until finally last week, when they found their way to London’s Hammersmith (and now Holborn too). Their crunchy tacos still have that special something and I’ll definitely be returning to stuff my face with more, but they can’t compare to some of the favourites I’ve collected through the years.
Favourite Taquería in London – If you’re looking for a truly authentic taquería experience in London, take the overground to Surrey Keys and head to the glorious La Chingada.
Favourite burrito – Pink Cactus! Whatever the crunchy thing is they add to their burritos just does it for me. And don’t forget their addictive sauces with the power to transform any boring dish into mexi-heaven.
Favourite Quesadilla – Anything you put on the tortillas at Sonora Taqueria will be delicious, but their cheese quesadilla makes my taste buds sing.
Favourite local Mexican – Jalisco in Brixton went through more name changes than Prince but they haven’t lost their magic touch or secret recipe. If you don’t want to wait for the queue on the weekend check out the stand and let the sombrero-wearing chef make your tastebuds smile. The title of ‘Best Quesadillas’ and ‘Best Frijoles’ also goes to them.
Favourite grab and go Mexican – It’s always a choice between Chipotle, Benito’s Hat, Tortilla and Chilangro, but I have to say Chilangro is the one for me. But be warned Chilangro, Taco Bell is fast on your heels!
Favourite Veggie Option – Has to be Sonora Taqueria’s Nopales Taco. The cactus leaf has the perfect chewy texture topped off with refried beans, pico de gallo and queso.
Favourite Mexican all-rounder – Wahaca as there is always one nearby when that craving hits you, and their sweet potato/feta taquito is everything!
Favourite Mexican Margarita – the Pink Chihuahua at El Camion has more cocktails than you can imagine, but the pomegranate margarita stole my heart.
Favourite Mexican misses – the Mexican couple at Maltby Street market brought a tear to my eye with their little tomales stand, but when I returned there was no trace of them. Bless you my taco angels wherever you are…
Favourite non Mexican Mexican – Korrito (Korean Burrito) at KERB in Southbank. Because why not mix those two worlds together?
Favourite Mexican IG place – La Bodega Negra has brilliant neon signs to snap, and if you love your fish this is the dish, but altogether a little too fancy for me.
What’s your favourite go-to Mexican place?