Trying El Taquero: one hit and two big misses!

I wish I could say all #TacoTuesdays are great, but life’s not perfect and neither is food, so let’s talk about a good hit and a couple of misses in our last visit to El Taquero in the Northern Quarter.

Tacos at El Taquero, Manchester

Queso fundido: Mexican cheese fondue with chorizo, pico de gallo and tortilla chips.

I’d like to start by saying that I had high expectations for El Taquero. I must confess that I’ve been following them on Instagram ever since they first opened their doors and, seeing how popular they seemed to be, Gabs and I decided to embark on a foodventure and see if it was worth the hype.

We came in and I instantly knew that I wanted to have their queso fundido. Chorizo and melted cheese? Sing me in!

This was the only hit of the evening, as I don’t think you can ever go wrong with melted cheese. Specially if you’re dealing with someone as obsessed with cheese as we are (If you don’t believe me, here’s Exhibit A).

However, I’d have liked a little bit more chorizo in this mix. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the flavour, but I ended up wanting more chorizo than what we got served.

Moving on!

Tacos at El Taquero, Manchester

Nopales con chorizo: cactus, mexican chorizo and cheese

If there’s one way I’d like to have cactus in my food, it’d be accompanied by chorizo, because I truly think the latter one gives any dish a lot of flavour, so that’s a recipe for success, right?


These tacos didn’t really taste like anything. Well, you could taste a bit of cheese in it, but the chorizo was nowhere to be seen (or tasted) and the cactus didn’t really impress me.

Gabs and I love Mexican food, specially because it’s really really tasty and the seasoning is always on point, so having bland tacos was definitely a big disappointment.

Apart from that, we also had some tacos dorados barbacoa: crispy tacos filled with slow cooked lamb and topped with sour cream, but it was the exact same story. These tacos were tasteless.

We were seriously considering ordering something else from the menu just to see if we were lucky with our third set of tacos, but I just didn’t feel like having more carbs without seasoning or flavour involved, so we decided to head home.

I know I’m usually quite positive with my reviews, but I wanted to share this experience to let you know that our foodventures are not always what we expect them to be (and I think that happens to everyone!).


What about you? Have you been to El Taquero? If so, what did you get? Did you enjoy it? I’d love to know your thoughts! Leave me a comment below or message me on social. You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat).

If you’re looking for some good tacos in Manchester, you should definitely read this. You won’t be disappointed!


That’s it for today! Make sure to come back on Thursday for a boozy article about a fantastic experience we had last week 😉

Thanks for reading me.






  1. May 2, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    omg that cheese pull on the fondue looks amazing! I’ve heard such mixed reviews about this place, El Capo Taco Tuesdays allllll the way!

    • Michelle
      May 5, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Second person to say this about El Capo so I think I’ll have to give them another go 😉 What do you recommend?

  2. May 2, 2018 / 8:56 am

    I love mexican food but it’s unfortunate that the tacos were bland here. Such a shame!

    • Michelle
      May 5, 2018 / 11:28 am

      Yes, I’m a big fan of mexican food myself, specially because of how flavourful it is. Definitely a shame! I’ll keep looking for better places in MCR 🙂

  3. May 1, 2018 / 10:44 pm

    I have heard mixed reviews but I haven’t been myself. We did however do Taco Tuesday at El Capo last week and it was epic.

    • Michelle
      May 5, 2018 / 11:27 am

      I wouldn’t really advise it! I’ve been to El Capo only once (although we live less than 5 minutes away!). Maybe it’s time for me to give them another go 😉 what did you get?

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