Friday, April 12, 2013

Taqueria El Paisa: I'll have the Goat Stew please!

Last Thursday we drove to IFA to get chickens. I was very hungry after not having lunch. This is an industrial part of town but there was a restaurant that caught my eye. It was an old Wendy's and had the look & feel that I love: authentic & inviting.

There was a sign in the window for Pork Tacos. I asked about them and was told me that they are spicy pork tacos. That sounded pretty good at the moment. Anything served on a plate wrapped in foil must be good. I peeked under the foil while driving and anticipated the moment when I could bite into it.

Chile Verde Super Burrito

The pork itself was actually not very spicy. It was served on corn tortillas with chopped pineapple, sliced onions, scallions, cilantro and lime. They provide you with some hot sauces in little containers and thankfully not already on the tacos. Those are incredibly spicy and I didn't dare pour them on the taco. One little taste of the hot sauce was enough to sear your tongue.

A few hours later I was hungry and couldn't get that food out of my mind. It was time to return. I brought Sous Chef Jesse with me. We had instructions to pick up food that was "not too weird" for our group. There isn't much that is weird to me. We went inside this time and the menu was beautiful. I stood in silence just to take in the moment.

On the quest to find great Mexican Food, I was very hopeful that that this place would have great food. I have found both disappointment and elation. Here at Taqeria El Paisa, I saw some items that I didn't recognize. Who knows what Birria is? I didn't but the picture looked great. We also ordered a Chile Verde Super Burrito, and both Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas. We had a lot of food.

Cheese Enchilada

The Chile Verde Super Burrito fit it's name; it was of incredible size. The pork was seasoned with some heat and definitely had you reaching for water after each bite. It was smothered in cheese and served with sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo. All delicious and extremely filling.

Both the chicken and cheese enchiladas were fabulous. Yes they were spicy as were the re fried beans served on the side.


Birria is a spicy Mexican goat stew made with a base of dried, roasted peppers. The meat was tender and at first odd. Maybe that is just because I don't recall eating goat before but that went away quickly and I enjoyed it. The broth was powerful-spicy and a little gritty; not much sweetness here. It was a delicious dish and I am glad that I tried it to experience an authentic dish.

Will I be back, definitely! Next time I will try the Camarones a la Diabla, Ceviche Patron and Molcajete Supreme.

919 West 2100 South
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84119

Happy Eating


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