By Eduardo | @cazadordelomejor
Large clay casseroles filled with some of the tastiest guisados in Mexico City crowd this tiny taco shop on one of Colonia Condesa’s major avenues, Amsterdam. Small and narrow, with only a refrigerator to grab a cold drink and a small table outside, Tacos HOLA is the most popular taco shop in the area.
Since 1968, Tacos HOLA has been making traditional guisados, which are delicious stews that can be made with different types of meat, fresh vegetables, grains or any combination of the three with one or another kind of salsa. Strangely, at the beginning, their specialty, and the only guisado they served, was higaditos encebollados – chicken liver and onion stew. Today, their menu consists of 15 different guisados, ranging from chorizo and potato to chicken tinga, all prepared by the third generation of the family.
Condesa locals that work close by make up most of the clientele. Everyone who goes, knows that they’ll soon be eating a really delicious taco, really fast, for only 18 pesos apiece.
The tacos here are big, heavy, and you’ll most likely be eating them while standing up. Before you order, make your way to the front, where all the guisados are stacked up, and watch as the hungry locals walk in and out with different tacos in their hands. It’ll be hard to make up your mind.
While ordering, you’ll have the option to choose any guisado on one tortilla or a double tortilla. I normally pick two, as it helps hold the heaping guisado. Finish by adding the creamiest guacamole, fresh cheese, beans and green or red salsa. The guacamole is unreal and necessary.
My ultimate taco combination is two warm tortillas with chicken and green mole, rice, beans, creamy guacamole, cheese and red salsa. You will find me there twice a week. It’s impossible to drive by and not stop for the best taco de guisado. Oh and by the way, they still have higaditos encebollados on the menu, in case you are up for their classic.
Tacos HOLA, Amsterdam #135, Colonia Hipódromo Condesa, Ciudad de México