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Feb 18, 2008 08:20 AM

How many calories in a taco truck taco?

If it's low enough, maybe I'll splurge every now and then. Any rough estimates out there?

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  1. The average taco truck taco.....

    > 2 small tortillas reheated with about a tsp of oil.... 100 calories
    > 2 ounces of moderately, fatty meat about... 140 calories
    > Onions, Cilantro, Salsa, Radishes.... 10 calories

    About 250 calories per taco... skip one of the tortillas and you are down to 200.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Eat_Nopal

      But when the tortillas are freshly griddled, who can limit themselves to just one--or just one taco for that matter. ;)

      Funny, I never, ever see radishes at the taco trucks and taquerias in my area. I wonder why that is.

      1. re: Low Country Jon

        Are radishes available in North Carolina?

        I do remember the various markets & eateries around Raleigh-Durham would reference Guerrero quite a bit... and I belive in certain parts of that state people do NOT like radishes very much... even the Pozole is served without radishes.

        However, the areas that border Oaxaca are famous for the radish salsas & salads.. have unique varieties some that grow as big as a watermelon.

        Here is an image of a typical taco truck spread in California:

        1. re: Eat_Nopal

          We do grow radishes in the Carolinas. My parents used to plant them in their garden.

          The other thing I've encountered at some Charleston taquerias is a blazingly hot guacamole, hotter even than the hot salsas served with the tacos. Is that unique to any specific region(s) of Mexico?

          1. re: Low Country Jon

            Every region in Mexico does Guacamole a bit differently with different chiles & herbs, and within a region there are also differences based on purpose... do you have any idea what type of chile was in it? Serranos are the common guac chile throughout Central Mexico... and they can range from duds to blazing hot.. so it could have been random... Mexicans are perfectly flexible when it comes to spicy... if a Guacamole is too bland we ask for some roasted jalapenos to nibble on... if its too spicy we just have more tortillas =)

            In the highlands of Jalisco... simply seasoned, mezquite grilled Skirt Steaks are often paired with a generous portion of spicy, chunky guacamole & tortillas... nothing else. But a grilled Chicken Breast is marinaded with Chipotle Adobo & served with a smooth, mild guacamole... so it varies by dish.

            1. re: Eat_Nopal

              I've no idea what kind of chile was used, but I have encountered the hot guac on a couple of occasions at a couple of taquerias, so I think the heat is intentional.

              Speaking of skirt steak, I've had a grilled version a few times at Mexcian restaurants but just recently had a roasted version for the first time, and it was a revelation. It wasn't a Mexican dish, call it Nouveau American or fusion or what have you. Anyway, it was marinated in balsamic vinegar and beer, and it was heavenly--like the world's best pot roast. I kept thinking it would be awesome in a taco. I think I've read that the original fajita was pretty much just that, roasted skirt steak in a corn tortilla eaten by Hispanic ranch hands along the Texas border. Can you think of any other traditional Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes that use slow cooked skirt steak?

              1. re: Low Country Jon

                Fajitas per say were invented by a famous Tex Mex place... obviously in Texas... but they are close decendants of a gazillion griddled skirt steak dishes.

                Its funny that you mention Pot Roast because Flank steak is the traditional cut of meat used for Mexican Pot Roasts (Asados)... I have prepared the family's recipe for my American In Laws a few times and they will argue THAT is the world's best Pot Roast =)

                In addition, in Highland's Jalisco... skirt steak is routinely braised for the dish called Carne Ranchera... more info here:


    2. i agree with the about 250 estimate - but think it could have a bit of a range up to 250. if you look at el pollo loco's nutritional menu - they have the "tacos al carbon" as 150 calories. but these are chicken and a bit less meat/less greasy than taco truck tacos. the onion/cilantro is not a big deal - but the tortilla probably has about 100/150 w/oil and the meat has another 100 or so.