EAT This Week: Azul Latin Kitchen’s Crispy Taco Plate
To try and decide each week where and what to eat around the basin can be a challenge — there are so many amazing choices. In this feature we’ll dive into dishes that will surely satisfy those hunger pangs and leave you wondering where to go next.
Is there a time of year when tacos don’t seem like a great food choice? I don’t think so. With all the different types to choose from, there’s usually one to suit any mood. And if they are anything like this week’s feature, they are a good choice no matter what mood you might be in — especially given the flexibility in ordering.
To start, you need to decide if you’re going to tackle three tacos, or two and a side. Three tacos are in my wheelhouse, but for variety sake I went with two and a side of cucumber salad (diced cucumber, red onion, jicama, radish, white balsamic) just so I could feel a little better about myself.
Next, you’ll need to decide your main filling. You have your choice of oven roasted chicken, carnitas pork, veggie chili, or seasoned sweet potato. You can also add steak or fish for an extra fifty cents. You can’t really go wrong with any option (or feel free to mix it up), but if carnitas is an option, I’m doubling down every time.
Crispy corn tortillas are combined with melted jack and cheddar exterior for an unbelievable taco vehicle. In addition to your main filling, each taco includes shredded cabbage, lime sour cream, diced tomato, pickled red onion, and fresh cilantro.
All the ingredients are super fresh. Azul’s sauces and salsas are made from scratch every day and you can really taste the love they’re putting into the effort. Starting with the shell, you have textures bouncing around everywhere. Depending on your main filling, your tastes are going to range, but the carnitas are deep and rich and the perfect compliment to the crisp cabbage and tartness from the sour cream.
I could do a deep dive for each option, but you might just want to try for yourself and see which one you like best. And yes, it’s perfectly ok to get some to go for later.
Azul Latin Kitchen is located at 1001 Heavenly Village Way in South Lake Tahoe. For food and drink information visit them online at azullatinkitchen.com or give them a call at 530-541-2985.