El Charrito

Posted on June 9th, 2013, by Vincci Tsui in Calgary, Restaurants, Reviews. 5 comments

Cross-posted from Calgary is Awesome.

El Charrito

Añejo and Xocolat are bringing high-end Mexican cuisine to Calgary, but what about the hole-in-the-wall taqueria? El Charrito on Edmonton Trail has that covered.

I’d passed by El Charrito quite a few times while enjoying brunch at OEB or Diner Deluxe. It’s walking distance from my house and I heard from a few sources that it was “legit”.

The tiny, sparsely decorated family-run restaurant was not too busy when we got there on a Friday night, but it quickly filled up the longer we stayed. The place is so small that the pozole and menudo are only available on weekends. B. and I decided to share a few tacos ($2.25 each) as well as an order of tamales ($13.60).

I grabbed a glass of horchata while we waited for our food. This was so good – not too sweet, with just a touch of cinnamon.

Horchata @ El Charrito

We had three tacos, medium spice. I insisted on the beef tongue, then we rounded out our taco menagerie with pork and chicken.

Pollo Taco @ El Charrito

The tacos were small, with doubled-up tortillas. Each was topped with a bit of onions, cilantro and salsa.

All the tacos were delicious with moist and tender meat – yes, even the chicken – and lots of flavour from the condiments. The salsa was quite runny so the tacos were a little messy to eat, but that’s all a part of it, right? We both decided that of the three, the pork was our favourite.

Beef Tongue & Pork Tacos @ El Charrito

This was my first time trying tamales, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Tamales @ El Charrito

I must admit the first bites were weird. As a tamale n00b I’d hoped for a little more chew to the steamed corn husks and despite the colour of the sauces everything tasted very bland. It did get better once I started mixing all the components – rice, beans, sauce, tamale – in every bite.

We took a small container of guacamole ($9) and a bag of tostadas ($5) home with us. The guacamole was runnier than what I was used to, but it was full of flavour from onion, cilantro and chiles and had chunks of avocado. The tostadas were perfect for breaking up and dipping into the guacamole.

Tostadas & Guacamole @ El Charrito

While I agree the food was legit as promised, I found everything to be pretty expensive, especially given the whole vibe of the restaurant. I get that you can’t get “Mexican prices” in Canada, especially for their location on Edmonton Trail, but I don’t think you will find me at El Charrito very often.

El Charrito Taqueria
808 Edmonton Trail NE
Calgary AB T2E 3J6
(403) 478-2924
El Charrito Taqueria on Urbanspoon

5 thoughts on “El Charrito

  1. Yummy but pricey. Good service.Too pricey for us to return. Don’t understand places like this. They would be a lot busier and make more profit if better value.

      • Dude thats like the most expensive thing on the menu.

        Unless youre taking the woman there on your anniversary, just get tacos or a burrito there. 3 tacos for under 7 bucks. Boom.

        • Should I be slightly offended because I *am* the woman? ;)

          OK, fine, I would definitely agree that 3 tacos for under $7 is a good deal.

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