[Highly Recommend] Tacos El Gordo | Tijuana Style Street Tacos

I was shocked when Tiffany told me she’s never been to Tacos El Gordo, given her love for Mexican food and the fact that she grew up here in San Diego. Ever since then, we’ve been meaning to remedy such a travesty. Perhaps the most well-known taco joint in San Diego, Tacos El Gordo serves up some of the best tasting street tacos I’ve ever had. All of their locations are in Chula Vista, so we went to the one closet to us.

Tacos El Gordo
689 H St
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 691-8848

Here are the four types of tacos we tried:

  • Adobada / Al Pastor – Marianted pork grilled on a spit with avocado sauce
  • Carne Asada – Grilled beef with guacamole
  • Suadero – Brisket
  • Lengua – Beef tongue

The adobada was definitely our favorite; the marinated pork has a ton of flavor and goes really well with the avocado sauce. The carne asada was also great–tasty beef with tons of guac. We love beef tongue at Korean BBQ, but the lengua tacos were very different. The suadero and lengua were both just ok. On the one hand, we were glad we tried so many different tacos, but on the other hand, we wish we’d had more adobada tacos. Guess we’ll just have to go back.

Clockwise from top-left: Carne Asada, Suadero, Adobada, and Lengua
Clockwise from top-left: Carne Asada, Suadero, Adobada, and Lengua

Adobada! Our favorite.

Carving the pork.



  • They have separate lines for different types of tacos, so make sure you’re in the right line, and have your friends line up for other types if you wish.
  • The tacos are pretty small and the lines can get pretty long. Make sure you order enough food. They taste awesome, so you shouldn’t have any trouble devouring all of them.
  • You order and get all your food in the back, then pay in the front.
  • Parking is scarce in their really cramped parking lot. We parked on the nearby streets and took a short walk.