Delicious Gluten-free and Dairy-free Tacos
Updated: Mar 29
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We all have guilty pleasures; mine is Mexican food. I can eat tacos or nachos all. day. every. day.
I recently discovered the magic of Bartaco in King Of Prussia, PA. It opened in 2019 and has gorgeous outside seating as well as out of this world tacos and made-to-order margaritas!
The challenge for me is that tomatoes for salsa and mixings for ritas aren't necessarily OAS or eczema friendly. There's a time and place to be strict and follow the "rules." However, when Mexican food is involved, is not the time.
Moderation, moderation, moderation!
I will eat salsa and drink margaritas in moderation, maybe 2-4 times per month, with little to no side-effects. This allows my body time to "cool down" before a build-up of intolerant items are introduced. Anymore than that and the salsa really makes my mouth/lips itchy.
Bartaco conveniently has all gluten-free tacos by using exclusively corn tortillas. Even their baja-fish taco, which is fried, is coated in rice flour. LOVE IT!
What To Order
My boyfriend and I ventured to Bartaco for our initial tasting. First we ordered an appetizer consisting of house-made guacamole (for him), roja salsa, and verde salsa. I was feeling daring (instant regrets) so I had one bite of the guac and it was flavorful and chunky; very minimalist which is perfect. The roja and verde salsa were completely different but equally delicious. The roja salsa had a hint of smokiness with a perfect balance of chucky-juicy. The verde salsa was a texture I had never experienced in salsa before; it was mild in flavor with a thick, herby consistency.
Then we ordered a variety of tacos: baja fish (grilled), chicken chorizo, mojo pork carnitas, carne asada, and roasted duck. I ordered the baja fish taco grilled just because fried foods don't sit well in my stomach.
Our must try list: mojo pork carnitas and the roasted duck.
How To Eat A Taco
Lastly, I will leave you with the art of eating a taco; something I mastered when living in California.
*for those of you in California, the best tacos can be found at Puesto.
Step 1: Admire beautiful taco.
Step 2: Fold taco and pick up with one hand by pinching the top, middle tortilla together.
Step 3: Bring to mouth and take bite on ONE side. *Depending on the size of your taco, take two bites on one side.
Step 4: Carefully tilt your head to take ONE bite from the opposite side. *The reason for this is because your first 1-2 bites has pushed the mouth-watering contents nearly out.
Step 5: Shove remaining taco bite in your mouth.
Step 6: Sit back and take a sip of that hand-pressed margarita.