Andrew Eats

Our food dictionary should help if you run across a term that you are unfamiliar with. This food dictionary will be constantly growing, and will only reflect the quirky food vocabulary used in our reviews. If you have any questions, or wish to add or make corrections, please contact us.

Agua Fresca: A traditional Mexican drink, usually made with a specific fruit and water.
Al Pastor: "Shepherd style" pork. Roasted with a mix of seasonings. Most recipes are a closely guarded secret. Andrew loves to say "Tacos al Pastor" every time he wants this ("Can I get three tacos of Tacos al Pastor").
Asada: Grilled and marinated thin sliced beef steak, chopped into itty bitty pieces. The standard staple of tacos and burritos in the area.
Cabeza: The meat from a roasted head of a cow. Slightly gelatinous.
Carnitas: Pork that is roasted and braised then cooked over a high heat to get a tender inside and crispy outside.
Guacamole: An avocado based dip. In taco stands it appears to be water, lemon juice and avocados. Some other places use tomatoes and seasonings. Generally green and with the consistency of ketchup.
Horchata: A milky-colored Mexican drink made with rice. Generally does not contain milk. This is a standard taco stand drink.
Jamaica: A red colored drink made of hibiscus flowers. One of the holy trinity of Aguas Frescas.
Lengua: Tongue. Yikes!
Limon(ada): Mexican style lemonade. One of the holy trinity of Aguas Frescas.
Pico de Gallo: Tomatoes, onions and jalapeno peppers chopped up and used as topping for many things. Can also be a type of fruit salad with chile powder.
Piņa:A Mexican drink made with pineapples. Contains pulp of pineapple. One of the holy trinity of Aguas Frescas.
Quesadilla: Melted cheese sandwiched between two tortillas(or one folded in half). May or may not contain meat.
Sonoran Hot Dog: A hot dog wrapped in bacon, topped with diced tomatoes and onions, mustard, ketchup, mayo and some form of salsa, usually served with a grilled jalapeno pepper.
Taco Condiments: Fresh chopped vegetables and toppings for your taco. Generally includes onion, cilantro, cabbage, a variety of salsas, pico de gallo, and cucumber. May or may not include more or less items.
Tripas: the small intestines of farm animals that have been cleaned, boiled and grilled. We usually run across these in taco form.