Since Jacalito Taqueria Mexicana opened their first location right off 37th Avenue & Flagler in 2010, Marcela and I have been loyal fans. The founder was a co-owner of Mi Rinconcito Mexicano, another longtime favorite of ours.
Over the last few years, we’ve found ourselves ordering delivery. Mostly on Saturdays so we can add on some of their killer tamales.
I’ve visited their second location which is down the street for the Mexican Pizza with cochinita pibil. The newest location in Downtown Miami has chicken wings so it seems the menu is evolving a little bit.
Luckily the core items we fell in love with like the guacamole, nachos, queso fundido, and cochinita pibil tacos are still available. On our most recent stop at the original restaurant, we had the birria tacos with comsommé.
The birria tacos are almost double the price of the cochinita pibil. They were great but I’m sticking to pibil; they never let me down.
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June 3rd, 2010 – One of the co-founders of Mi Rinconcito Mexicano (a big-time favorite of mine) opened Jacalito Taqueria Mexicana (3622 West Flagler Street, Miami). Since this is a taqueria (taco shop), the menu focuses on tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas & burritos.
My only real complaint about Jacalito is the decor. There’s an inflatable plane hanging above one of the tables which makes no sense.
Fresh tortilla chips and homemade salsa is brought to the table while we look over the menu. This salsa is not for the weak, as you can see the pepper flakes in the picture.
The nachos appetizer has chips covered with cheese, Mexican crema (sour cream), refried beans, and pico de gallo (the good stuff). They’re piled up in mountain form but don’t despair; all the toppings minus the pico de gallo are layered throughout.
Tacos are 3 for $5, so I had the chorizo, chicken, and cochinita pibil tacos. Of the 3, my least favorite was the chorizo, but that’s not to say that it’s bad. The slow-roasted cochinita pibil is my go-to favorite.
There are also desserts on the menu, which I didn’t get to. If you’re a morning person, breakfast is at 9 AM when they open. Jacalito is now part of my regular rotation; as a matter of fact, I’m going there again for lunch tomorrow.