100 Favorite Dishes: No. 35, Las Teresitas's chorizo taco
As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.
Las Teresitas has been covered extensively, but the attention is warranted and the awards earned. The south Minneapolis restaurant makes a wide variety of traditional Mexican dishes, and today, it's the simple chorizo taco that gets the attention.
At Las Teresitas, the Mexican sausage is oily and rich with a medium dose of spice. The oil is plentiful, which may sound like a turn-off, but it gives a moist texture to the ground meat and counters the salty spice blend. It is a bit messy and certainly isn't healthy, but that's not really the point is it?
The filling is scooped into a modest 4-inch tortilla and topped with cilantro and raw onion. It's a delightful blend of rich and soft components and fresh and crunchy toppings, which contrast the stronger seasoning and oils in the meat while letting the chorizo lead the way. And, of course, Las Teresitas offers a salsa bar with your meal purchase, so it's easy to add more garnishes at any time.
Not sold yet? On Tuesdays these tacos can be had for just $1 each -- a price so low it's almost guilt-inducing.
Las Teresitas is tucked way, neighborhood friendly, and focused on the food. Sandwiched between Crosstown Gas & Convenience and a laundromat, and with cracked vinyl booths and generic artwork adorning the interior, Las Teresitas isn't in the interior design business. They win the awards for their food. It's that simple.
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