There's no such thing as too many taquerias, which is exactly what Mario and Gricelda Valles thought when they opened Tacos El Fogon last month at 1145 South Federal Boulevard, along a strip of asphalt that already lays claim to more taquerias than you can fling a tortilla at. "My uncle owns a carnicería in Longmont, and my parents really like cooking, especially my mom, so my uncle told them that they should open a taqueria, and that this was the best place to do it," says Carlos Gricelda, the son of Mario and Gricelda.
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The space, paintbrushed lime green, hustles tamales, tortas, flautas, menudo and tacos in all guises, including carnitas, buche, barbacoa, asada and pastor, the last of which are carved from a spit haloed with rings of pineapple, and properly charred before they're slid into the corn tortillas and topped with onions and cilantro. "So far," says Carlos, "we've had a lot of people coming in who really like our food, and the pastor is definitely a draw."
So, too, are the salsas, a half dozen fiery buzzes, including a chile salsa spiked with peanuts, and a New Mexican chile guajillo that packs a major punch. "All the salsas are my mom's recipes, and so is everything else that we're doing here," says Carlos.
Tacos El Fogon is open Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. to midnight. For more info, call 303-955-6427.