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Speaking of Spanish: Tacos in Mexico

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If a pang of hunger strikes in Mexico City, a quick taco is the ideal fix to hold you over before that fancy dinner reservation. Mosey to a shop or stand, then follow these tips for munching on a tortilla-wrapped piece of heaven like a pro. Plus, it’s a great way to practice if you’re learning Spanish:

Love toppings? Say con todo when ordering. 

If you’re a topping lover, this is important Spanish to learn. Rather than deliberating about what to put on your taco, just go for the gusto. Literally, con todo translates to “with everything,” so your cook will know exactly what that means—onions, cilantro, and salsa are the typical accoutrements. 

One hand only. 

You probably know this already, but a refresher always helps. Pinch the taco with your hand from the top, so you don’t decorate the sidewalk with its contents. Plus, this leaves your other fingers free to snap taco selfies for posterity. 

Salsa is like liquor (or in-laws): mix with caution. 

It’s more common to top an individual taco with one salsa. This is called divorciado (also meaning “divorced” in Spanish). Combining salsas, however, is far from unseemly, so just ask for them together and use the word campechano.  

Remember that other hand? Use it for a drink. 

Watch the locals. See that businesswoman balancing her drink and taco in both hands while talking to her friend? Do that when enjoying your treat and you’ll blend right in with the chilangos. Also, keep the environment in mind: don’t take the bottle with you.

Pay at the end.

Some people like rapid-fire taco eating. Others want only one. Because of this, vendors will have you pay when you’re finished. When you’re feeling sated, ask ¿Cuánto te debo? (which means, “How much do I owe you?”) and whip out those pesos.

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