The Insider’s Guide to Eating Delicious and Fresh Mexican Street Food
Food tourism is a big deal these days, and many of our Puerto Vallarta visitors want to take advantage of the scrumptious variety of street food beckoning the hungry traveler. Vallarta Eats Food Tours has hand-picked some of the very best of these eateries in town, offering tourists and locals a unique opportunity to try the tastiest Mexican street food available in our beautiful corner of paradise.
Here are some essential tips for eating street food in Puerto Vallarta, compiled by our expert Vallarta Eats guide, Estrella Valasco (Star):
- Look for a Fresh Plastic Bag Covering Each Plate
Taco stands do not normally have running water to wash dishes. Due to this, they cover each dish with a fresh plastic bag every time they serve a new order of tacos.
- Make Sure Only One Person Touches the Money
The cook should be the cook, ONLY, and not handling money. The taquero normally has an additional person assisting with cleaning and collecting money. Occasionally they are working alone, in which case, they will use a plastic bag or plastic glove over their hand to handle money. If you see the person handling food and money without a bag or glove on their hand, walk on by!
- There Should be People at the Taco Stand
If it´s always empty, this is a telltale sign the tacos are not a big hit. Though, you need to be sure that you are there the correct time of day. Most tacos stands specialize in morning, afternoon or nighttime meals.
- Make Sure You Pay Before You Leave
Eating tacos will keep you honest. There’s a code of trust, as many taco stands do not keep track of how many taco people are eating, they rely upon your honesty to let them know how many were ordered.
- DON´T ASK FOR A FORK! They won’t have one!
This is by far the most important rule. We never use utensils to eat tacos.
Estrella Velasco has been a Foodie Guide with Vallarta Eats since 2014 and toured with 1000+ guests. In her former life Star is a trained architect specializing in sustainable, eco-friendly building. She’s very active in the local Puerto Vallarta community, organizing special events and seminars for nonprofits and has made a difference in our community.