Taco Rico *****

Chicken Fajitas served with Grilled Peppers and Onions

473 South Dixie Hwy
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(Other Locations Available)


In my previous post I was pretty rough on La Taqueria Mexicano, and I mentioned the incredibly delicious Taco Rico as a better alternative for Mexican food. I think now would be a good time to tell you why Taco Rico is without doubt my favorite place for Mexican food, and there are several reasons including; the value, the portions, the simplicity, and the mouth-watering food, of course! The only thing Taco Rico doesn’t have is décor—but fine dining and Mexican food seem like a contradiction, so the vinyl table cloths don’t bother me one bit.

Taco Rico is nothing to look at from the road— in fact, I drove past it for 2 years without it ever catching my eye. It was my boyfriend who noticed the place one day (on our way to Chipotle) and suggested that we give it a try. But I had my sights set on a chicken burrito from Chipotle, and since I was in hungry monster mode (a.k.a. fee-fi-fo-fum) I contested the idea and put up a fight. However, he was driving and so he had the final say…you know how this ends. He swung a quick U-turn and told me that we needed to try something new for a change, and thus that was the day that I lost my Taco Rico virginity.

We walked in, placed our order, and then helped ourselves to a basket of homemade tortilla chips and the salsa bar. That’s right, a salsa bar! For those of you who don’t know, “foodies” are by nature condiment people—people who love to dip, spread, dallop, and drizzle their food with all sorts of sauces and toppings. I am a “foodie,” so when I saw this salsa bar, my heart literally skipped a beat. Of course, I felt the need to sample every salsa, but I sampled no further after discovering theChipotle Salsa. One taste of this smoky, spicy, flavorful sauce and I was literally fantasizing about all of the things I could put it on. I kept thinking on burgers…on chicken…on steak…on veggies…on a spoon…heck, on anything!!! I was like a little kid who has just discovered ketchup and wants to put it on everything imaginable. This chipotle salsa is just ridiculous, and could make anything taste delicious in my opinion. As I was still moaning over the salsa, our appetizer was brought to the table—Loaded Chicken Nachos, which were topped with chicken, refried beans, jack cheese, guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos, and diced tomatoes. I poured some chipotle salsa over the top and got to work on the mountain of spicy, salty, bliss. About half way through the nachos (which were amazing), the waiter came over to our table and informed us that we had ordered more food than could fit on a two-top table. He suggested that my boyfriend and I move to a four-top table to accommodate all of the plates. In this situation, a normal person would feel embarrassed. I, on the other hand, got so excited for the feast that was apparently coming to our table! Within just a few minutes plates were piled up on our table. I had ordered the Chicken Fajitas and my boyfriend ordered the Steak Quesadilla. My chicken came out on a sizzling iron skillet with sautéed green peppers, caramelized onions, and tomatoes. I was also given a basket of warm flour tortillas and platter with all the fixin’s, which included; Spanish rice, refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, and jack cheese. The chicken was all white meat and seasoned to perfection, not to mention sizzling hot! The fajitas are still my favorite thing on the menu so far. My boyfriend’s quesadilla took up the circumference of the entire plate, and was filled with not just meat and cheese, but veggies too. It was then topped with guacamole, sour cream, and tomatoes. It was toasted to perfection with crisp golden edges, and the cheese was smooth and melted.

The food at Taco Rico is delicious, not too oily, and a great value. You pay $10 for a super satisfying, made-to-order, meal. You must try this place, if you are not already a loyal customer. I must admit that my boyfriend and I pass on Chipotle for Taco Rico all the time now…and you will too!


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