El Huequito

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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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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…..

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

    Nathalie

  7. 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.

  8. 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.