Spicy Chicken Soft Tacos – An ‘El Molino’ Inspiration
Sometimes inspiration comes from a memory of something you ate. Sometimes it comes from a single ingredient that wows you. These chicken soft tacos are a little of both. Tortilleria El Molino is a small Mexican restaurant in Concord, CA that churns out the best authentic Mexican food day after day. You couldn’t tell by looking at it and if you didn’t know what you were looking for, I am sure you would drive by and miss it. But sometimes, those are the best places.
Walking into this small place for the first time – based on my husband’s recommendation – I was skeptical. There wasn’t much to it. A counter to order, about five tables inside and a couple outside, and a tortilla factory in the back. So began my love with El Molino – but particularly with their green salsa. Is is possible to be infatuated with one sole menu item? It is, when that item is so versatile…and so darn good.
My husband brought home 16 ounces of green salsa goodness last week and it was on. This stuff is fiery hot and a little goes a long way. I’m not sure what they put into it. Jalapeños. Cilantro. More hotness. Love.
Whatever. It’s good.
Besides just dipping tortillas in it and tossing it over poached eggs, this salsa has come in quite handy. One of the best uses was the original inspiration. The chicken soft tacos. He also brought home some of those yummy homemade corn tortillas from their factory. Fresh into the plastic bag they go. Steaming themselves for hours.
Taco night revisited.
Mis en Place
Notice the jalapeños there. If you like the extra heat or your green salsa is very mild, then chuck them in there. If your other components are already hot, then leave em out. You have to be able to eat your tacos right?
Who knew something so simple could be so good? Amazing.
If you are near Concord, CA I suggest you find this place and pick up something – namely their salsa and homemade tortillas. If not, try your hand at making your own – or pick some up from your favorite Mexican restaurant. Revisit taco night. Once a week.
- This recipe easily doubles.
- Leave out the extra jalapeños if your salsas are already spicy.
- Top with a squeeze of lime juice for added flavor.