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Best Barbacoa I Had in Years in Rialto

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El Ojo de Aqua, a small family run Mexican food stand, filled with families and children running around, makes great barbacoa and a menu filled with antojitos that are not common to a regular taqueria.

My barbacoa came with 2 freshly made corn tortillas, topped with cilantro and onions, and a bowl of consomme with garbanzos beans. The consomme was good, even if it came in a paper bowl, and although it was not a clear consomme, it tasted great. You can also ask for a small condiment bowl of roasted jalapenos to go with your soup--it already comes with all the trimmings of cilantro, japanese dried chiles, and an oregano mix. I dipped my very large barbacoa taco into my soup--it was that good. The barbacoa was perfectly salted and moist--and I got plenty of it. My companions ordered the huitlacoche quesadilla--it was good--but the squash flower quesadilla was better. The huaraches were very good but messy--a thick oval corn "tortilla" fried and smeared with beans, fresh lettuce, cheese, and avocados. Delish. The place ain't pretty, but it is cheap. I would eat the specialities, not the burritos. Handmade corn tortillas--totally worth it. I will be back!

El Ojo de Aqua
830 E. Foothill Blvd
Rialto, CA

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  1. Yummy, I make an excellent barbacoa and it is very easy and very delicious. If you would like me to post the recipe, let me know and I'll put it on the home cooking board. Then you can have it whenever you want. I usually cook it for a crowd so I buy a large roast around 25 lbs each and when it slowly cooks, it give off a lot of broth that might be what you were served along side of the meat. You can of course make a much smaller version if that suits you. Let me know.

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    1. re: SoozyQ

      ooh SoozyQ, I'd love to hear how you do it. Thanks!