Rio Rancho, I heard you loud and clear. You want more taco content.
I received multiple submissions asking me to check out Rio Rancho’s premier spot for tacos, Tap N Taco — and many more saying that I need to start eating more tacos.
My whole life people have been telling me that I need to eat less tacos. Now, I need to eat more? DONE!
So, I decided to go to Tap N Taco this week and put down any rumblings that I have beef with tacos; pun not intended.
First off, this place is a vibe! Mexican aesthetic and artwork, a bar area with TVs, an outdoor area, a separate dining area, and street tacos prepared in front of you.
Tap N Taco offers a variety of tacos, papas (baked potato or fries), quesadillas, churros, agua fresca or horchata, alcoholic drinks and a salsa bar.
Ordering is simple: you grab a tray, tell the taco connoisseurs what you want, and they prepare it for you. Hot, right off the grill. They even have a drive-thru window.
After consulting manager Brenda Erives, I decided to order an asada taco, a chicken taco, an al pastor taco, a barbacoa taco, an asada baked potato (with Mexican cream, cheese, cilantro, onions and some house sauce), four churros, and some horchata .
It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life. It was like seeing “Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse” for the first time.
I also picked up three sauces from the salsa bar: guacamole sauce, chipotle sauce and a hot red sauce.
It was time to get to work.
I started off with the tacos. They were all very tasty and even more flavorful with a splash of lime, the cilantro and the fresh onion.
I loved all the tacos, but the al pastor was my favorite. If you don’t know, al pastor is a marinated pork taco, and this bad boy is also served with pineapple. It was savory, juicy and sweet.
Next, I headed for the asada baked potato, and this was no ordinary baked potato. In fact, this baked potato made the other potatoes just couch potatoes. It was creamy, savory, buttery and cheesy, which is actually the four horsemen of the perfect comfort food.
It was time to chow down on some churros. They were warm, soft in the middle, and had that cinnamon-sugar fried crunch on the outside.
Now, I have never had horchata before, but I am a fan! This Mexican cold beverage was smooth, milky and had a creamy cinnamon taste.
I finished it all because I am a professional. I have more than 9,000 days of eating experience, and I have eaten almost every day of my life.
Each taco is $2, the baked potato or papas is $8.50, and the churros are $4.
By the way, if any of you know of any food challenges in the area, let me know. We might just do a special column called “Danny Duels.”
Tap N Taco was amazing, and I can easily say that they have the best tacos in the state.
If you want to contact Tap N Taco, call 505-800-5966
Tap N Taco is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Tap N Taco is located at 1120 Pat D’Arco Hwy, Rio Rancho.
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