Don’t hold back, order the tacos

El Pueblo tacos satisfy any taco craving.
Photo by Crystal Apilado/Winters Express

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If happiness was a food, it is definitely tacos. However, good tacos are more than the stereotypical preconception of cooked meat served in a stale taco shell. If you want my recommendation of where to go in Winters for amazing, delicious, mouth-watering tacos, it is certainly El Pueblo Meat Market & Taqueria/Deli. El Pueblo has a variety to choose from to satisfy a hankering for any traditional Mexican cuisine plate of choice. I have tried to make myself sample as many of them as I can to see if it lives up to the dishes brought to family reunions. But, I can’t seem to get past their five tacos plate. Five tacos in your choice of carnitas, pollo or asada (pork, chicken or grilled beef). If you so choose, you can even have all three by select ordering. (I suggest a two, two and one of your choice for an opportunity to sample all three.)  Two street-sized tortillas, filled with juicy, flavorful meat, and piled high with fresh chopped cilantro and diced raw onions, and finished with wedges of limes and radishes. Don’t let the phrase “street-sized” dishearten you from ordering them. Between the amount of meat filling these five mighty tacos fill the entire plate it’s served on. [caption id="attachment_784616" align="alignright" width="300"] Salsas from El Pueblo are house-made recipes.
Photo by Crystal Apilado/Winters Express[/caption] Before diving in make sure to squeeze plenty of fresh lime juice over the top. The acidity adds a balance to the richness of the meat. Eat your tacos as is or add on one of their house-made salsas. They have a variety to choose from in a range of mild to “it’s delicious because it’s burning the inside of my mouth” hot. Their salsa bar also hosts sliced jalapeño pepper rings if you desire an extra punch of flavor. I do not know what is in their meat marinade, but it is pure magic. The best part is aside from being a taqueria, they’re also a meat market and have an on-site butcher and you can buy the marinated meat by the pound to bring home.  I have tried, but I have yet to be able to reproduce the magical flavor and tenderness of their taco meat on my own. If my family isn’t dining at El Pueblo—as in right now when we’re all asked to stay at home, and restaurants aren’t serving dine in any way—we’re buying from their counter and bringing it home to cook. It doesn’t matter if it’s me or my husband going in. We walk out of there with a few pounds of meat, at least one cup of salsa to go, and possibly some selections from their produce section. And if we’re feeling fancy, an order of their guacamole. One cannot go wrong with tacos from El Pueblo. Tacos and wine? Most would turn to a Mexican lager, pilsner or a margarita to sip on during their tacos meal. Believe it or not, there is a place in this world for tacos and wine to enjoy together. To find the perfect pairing consider the spices, flavor profile and heat of the taco filling. Consider some of the following taco and wine pairings: Carne Asada: Malbec or other fruity redCarnitas: Zinfandel or pinot noir Pollo: Pinot noir or other light bodied red Grilled fish: Albarino or other white with citrusy notes Grilled veggies only: Sauvignon Blanc or dry rosé Breakfast taco: Chardonnay or sparkling wine/champagne]]>

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