There is only one brilliant taco eatery in Mexico City’s La Condesa area that offers delicious vegan-friendly slow-cooked taco fillings (tacos de guisado). It is officially known as Tacos Hola, or El Güero (unfortunately it does not have a web site) open since 1968. It is located on the corner of Amsterdam and Michoacán. Tacos Hola was also mentioned in a TV show, “Mexico: One Plate at a Time” by a recognized creator of Frontera gourmet foods and award-winning cookbook author, Rick Bayless. I remembered eating one of his vegan gourmet Mexican seasoning sauces made with fresh ingredients and fire-roasted chile back in Oregon, and my partner and I used these sauces to make tofu fillings for tacos or Mexican rice dish.
Here are some toppings for your vegan tacos at $15 pesos (~$1.15 from April 2012):
- Guacamole (so creamy and good!)
- Acelgas (Braised Chard)
- Nopales (Cooked cactus)
- Arroz (Rice)
- Pickled vegetables (onions, peppers, jalapenos)
- Salsa Verde (Pureed Raw Habanero, warning very spicy!)
- Salsa Roja (It is not as spicy as the Green Salsa above. I would say Medium Hot. If you want the hottest salsa, go for the green salsa!)
- Lime wedges
In my experience, I believe you can add all of the vegan toppings for your individual taco, especially if it’s vegan. I’ve been there more than couple of times so far: I think the staff will eventually figure it out that you have the most basic toppings rather than the meat/dairy fillings. Usually I see omnivores or carnivores choosing from 1 to 3 toppings per taco.
You can only order one taco at a time (but you can order as many as you like, but keep track of how many and be honest!). I do not understand the part why Tacos Hola would allow customers to eat one taco at a time, and order the next one so I assume it’s all based on a honest policy between a customer and a restaurant. For my partner and myself, I think two tacos are pretty filling.
Location & Hours & Notes
- Amsterdam #135, Condesa, Col. Condesa, Hipódromo, Cuauhtémoc, 06100 Ciudad de México, DF, Mexico
- They open early at 9am from Monday to Saturday, but not sure what time they actually close. Some blogs said they close at 6pm, but I’ll check it out again in the evening next time.
- They do not open on local holidays, so you may have to stick with the local calendar.
- They have very small outdoor seating, very limited. When it gets busy, you might have to stand and eat.
- Don’t wait for your turn, show your face to make your order. There’s no line at all when it is busy!
- $15 pesos per taco (I would say max 2-3 toppings for vegan tacos, I’m not sure about non-vegan ones).
- Only eat one taco at a time, then order your next one.
- You pay the guy who would sit on a stool near the eatery and inform him how many you ate and he will give you your total. Be honest!
- The staff speak 100% Spanish. So be prepared to know your toppings in Spanish!
Acelgas (Braised Chard) + Nopales (Cactus) + Guacamole = $15 MXN each
This was my first time at Tacos Hola. I had acelgas (braised chard), nopales (cactus) and guacamole (so creamy and good, liked the fact that it did not contain too much raw onions like Yug Vegetariano). I love the combination despite the soggy corn tortilla (which was a small mistake from the staff, so they doubled the tortillas to make it thick). But usually their corn tortillas are fine, it was just the first time I’d experienced something soggy. The addition of pickled vegetables turned out to be delectable, along with the heat from the jalapenos. I couldn’t taste the nopales very much, but I could taste the creamy guacamole and braised chard very well. I would get the combination again along with rice to have a perfect vegan taco at Tacos Hola! I think one or two tacos would be enough for my stomach to fill!
Nopales (Cactus) + Arroz (Rice) + Guacamole = $15 MXN each
That was my partner’s taco toppings, and of course that is what their rice looks like. You will also see a complimentary red salsa on the top, which is somewhat from medium to high “spicy” (you can see the seeds). If you really want a spicy salsa, go for the green one! It also comes with complimentary pickled (and spicy) vegetables & jalapenos, which was really good.
Acelgas (Braised Chard) + Nopales (Cactus) + Arroz (Rice) + Guacamole = $15 MXN each
That was all the toppings I had there. It tasted grand! I would get it again and again with the same toppings. Sometimes, I might get bored with the same toppings and try 2 or 3 of them together.