Not every gas station taqueria is inside the mini mart. Sometimes the taqueria sits next to the gas station and in this case they do not share buildings, they share cement steps. If I can get some gas and order some tacos while the tank is refueling, then it’s a gas station taco stand to me.
This brings me to the latest find Taqueria El Infiernito that shares a lot with a Shell station.
The bright red building with a an awning over several outside stools and a eating counter provides a good place to eat if you are not in a hurry after fueling up. The tacos are excellent provided you are a fan of a greasier taco shell wrapping around your favorite menu choice which can include beef fajita, pastor, chorizo, carnitas, chicken, lengua, or barbacoa.
I went with the beef fajita, pastor, chorizo and carnitas tacos all on corn tortillas with chopped cilantro and onions. A charred jalapeno, grilled onions, a couple lemon wedges, and three different salsas were included with my order.
The tortillas are a dark corn that taste like they have been soaked in oil all morning, a good thing in this case. They remind me of another personal favorite La Paisanita Taqueria Deli. The carnitas tasted amazing when combined with the double-ply corn tortillas and a few drops of the salsa roja. The pork is lean and moist they way you want pulled pork to taste like it fell clean from the bone with no effort by human hands.
There was plenty of crumbled chorizo to be had in the next taco as I worked my way down a line of fillings and small puddles of grease dripped as each taco was raised from container to mouth. The chorizo was flavorful and tasted great when dipped into the creamy salsa verde with its avocado base.
Small chops of beef filled the fajita taco. The meat is lean at Taqueria El Infiernito whether it was beef or pork. Flavor was a bit bland since the fajita meat is simply chopped beef without any charring and little seasoning.
Finally the pastor, which looked rich in color, was sadly disappointing. The spices are just a bit off with too much adobo sauce and a bit of a paste texture. Perhaps it was an off day as everything else tasted great and was one of the better all around gas station taco experiences.
The Webb-Chapel area is proving to be a great find for amazing street food for when you need to refuel before you hit the street.
Gas Station: Shell