On this episode of Una Mordida Tacos Ensenada, our host, Chef Danny Betancourt visited Tacos Ensenada, located in the middle of Mercado Negro in Downtown Ensenada. On this occasion he tried three tacos: a fish taco priced at $1 dollar ($20 pesos), a battered shrimp taco priced at $1.5 dollars ($30 pesos), and a cheese-marlin taco priced at $2 dollars ($40 pesos).
This famous and typical taco has battered fish, pico de gallo, cabbage, charred red sauce, cream, and is served on a corn tortilla. The first thing that Chef Danny noticed was the sauce’s spiciness, which almost made him call the fire department. The tortilla wasn’t anything special since it was store bought.
The battering had a nice, crunchy flavor. The fish also had a good flavor, and one can notice its freshness as well as the freshness of the vegetables. Even with the sauce’s spiciness, Danny liked this taco due to its flavor. The only negative thing about it was the tortilla since it hardened very fast and was dry. This is why this gets a rating of 7.2.
Price: $1 dollars ($20 pesos)
Battered Shrimp Taco
This taco has battered shrimp, pico de gallo, cabbage, cream, white pickled onions, charred green sauced and is served in the same store bought tortilla as the previous one. The first thing Chef Danny noticed was the sauce which wasn’t as spicy and had a nice charred flavor.
The onion added a nice level of acidity to all the ingredients. In Chef Danny’s opinion, the battering had a very thin texture which is both good and bad. Since it wasn’t as thick and heavy as it usually is, it did not overwhelm and allowed the shrimp’s flavor to distinguish itself. Just like the previous taco, the tortilla did not help at all which is why this taco gets a rating of 7.7.
Price: $1.5 dollars ($30 pesos)
This taco has stewed marlin, green bell pepper, onion, tomato, as well as asadero cheese and is served on the same kind of tortilla as the previous tacos. Chef Danny did not add anything extra to this taco since he considered that it had enough flavor as it is, and he was right.
The fish’s flavor was a highlight since it was mixed with vegetables and a sauce that helped it to not lose its humidity, creating an original flavor. The high amount of cheese created the perfect match with the marlin. The tortilla neither helped nor took away from this taco due to the way the stew stood out. Chef Danny would have preferred if the tortilla had been fried a little bit with butter which is why this taco gets a rating of 8.3.
Price: $2 dollars ($40 pesos)
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