Mexico Citytacostacos al pastor

El Huequito

By Eduardo | @cazadordelomejor

There are so many places to eat tacos al pastor in Mexico City and each one is unique. El Huequito’s original location on Ayuntamiento, a busy street in Mexico City’s downtown, has been serving tacos al pastor for almost 60 years. You order off the street and eat on the other side of the sidewalk at an aluminum high-top table with a variety of spicy salsas and freshly cut limes.

el huequito mexico city

Pastor is crispy shavings of vertical spit-roasted pork marinated with dried chiles and spices. Very similar to shawarma or doner kebab, pastor was influenced by the strong Lebanese migration that occurred in Mexico in the early 1940’s.

In 1959, Guillermo Buendía and Amelia González started the business in a one-by-one-meter location. Due to the size, clients would refer to the taco shop as a “huequito,” meaning a very small space in Spanish.

The tacos al pastor at El Huequito are different than all the rest in Mexico City. No pineapple and no cilantro here. Just freshly shaved pastor meat wrapped in a tortilla with a little green salsa, chile de árbol salsa and onion, then straight back on the grill to seal in the flavor.

pastor at el huequito

If you visit one of El Huequito’s newer locations, like the one in Condesa neighborhood, you’ll experience a longer menu with classics such as the especial — a mountain of pastor topped with corn tortillas, onion and green salsa, so you can make your own tacos.

A couple tacos al pastor with an ice-cold agua de horchata is probably one of the best combinations that exists in Mexico City’s street food scene today.

El Huequito, Ayuntamiento 21, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06050 Ciudad de México

Comments

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  1. Yolanda Domínguez

    Feb 05

    Hace 42 años yo trabajé en la torre de Teléfonos de México a una cuadra de El Huequito, y para mi y mis amigas era uno de nuestros lugares favoritos para ir a comer tacos al pastor. Ya no vivo en Ciudad de México pero iré a El Huequito en cuanto tenga una oportunidad. FELICIDADES POR TANTO ÉXITO!!!!

    1. Pati

      Feb 08

      💕

  2. Hector contreras

    Oct 20

    Me and my sons stop by to try thise tacos the best al pastor taco ever!!!

    1. Pati

      Oct 22

      So glad you all had a yummy time, Hector.

  3. Brenda

    Aug 30

    oh my goodness these look so yummy. It has been entirely way too long since I have had any kind of good street tacos. I miss them so much here in Oklahoma where there’s not a vendor to be found.

    1. Pati

      Sep 07

      Oh no! I hope you are making lots of great tacos at home then, Brenda 😉

  4. Ray/Bev Mostowy

    Aug 28

    We spend our winters in SanFelipe Baja Ca, where Shrimp are plentiful. Thank you for “tacos Gobernador de Camaron” We arrive in SanFelipe approx. 10 October, and will make your recipe as soon as we settle in.. Thank You.. RayM

    1. Pati

      Sep 05

      Have a wonderful time in San Felipe, Ray and Bev! And I hope you cook lots of shrimp tacos 😉

  5. doris Grant

    Aug 26

    Luv it…I am anxiously anticipating your new year..Luv Mexican foods but not cilantro…My sister-in-law is from Tijuana….she cooks great …Uses a lot of cilantro…..

    1. Pati

      Aug 26

      You can always skip the cilantro in my recipes, Doris. Hope you love the new episodes!

  6. Oscar Martinez

    Aug 24

    i just came back from CDMX last week and missed this place. Next Time. thank you

    1. Pati

      Aug 25

      Yes, for sure next time, Oscar!

  7. Philomena A Sosso

    Aug 24

    So excited for the new season I guess we will miss seeing Alan too. Best of luck to him. You have such delicious recipes. Live interaction with your children. Great family. God Bless.

    1. Pati

      Aug 24

      Oh thank you so much, Philomena!

  8. Elizabeth P

    Aug 24

    I can hardly wait for your new season! Love watching you create!!!

    1. Pati

      Aug 24

      Thank you Elizabeth!

  9. Don Burnett

    Aug 24

    Sounds great to me! I dislike cilantro which is very unfortunate for someone who loves to eat and cook Mexican food. Can’t wait for your new season.

    1. Pati

      Aug 24

      I’m so excited to share the new season with you, Don!

  10. Nathalie

    Aug 24

    Ooh! Great recommendation! Still have one day in CDMX- after 4 weeks here! Will see if I can sneak it it between work!

    Nathalie

    1. Pati

      Aug 24

      Oh hope you love it, Nathalie!

  11. Rosanne Valdez

    Aug 24

    Always look forward to your show. I always get tips on different things to use. I don’t like cilantro, what else can I use in its place.

    1. Pati

      Aug 24

      You can just skip the cilantro in my recipes, Rosanne, and they will still be yum 🙂

  12. Bruce Alperstein, MD

    Aug 24

    Dear Pati:
    As much as I love, really love your show, I have to say that as a Jewish person who does not eat pork, I was hoping that I could find more presentations from you not featuring pork as an ingredient. I am not speaking of Kosher, just not with pork. All the best to you and your family. I hope you enjoy living in Maryland, I miss Silver Spring so much.

    1. Pati

      Sep 11

      Thanks so much for your comment, Bruce. And I hope you get to come back to visit Silver Spring soon.

  13. Rosanna

    Aug 23

    Now, I am, hungry. Street food is amazing!

    1. Pati

      Aug 24

      It is so good!

  14. Debbie L

    Aug 23

    Looks amazing!

    1. Pati

      Aug 24

      Thanks Debbie!

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