Wednesday Lunch – Tacos at the Tianguis

Almost every day of the week, there’s another market in the area. The Wednesday market is in Ajijic and they call it a Tianguis. It’s literally around the corner from my casita.

So, on Wednesdays I stock up on fruit, veggies, chicken, and fish. The fish is particularly fresh. It must have been caught at the coast the day before and sold in the wholesale market in Guadalajara that morning. I’ve had excellent Mahi Mahi and Red Snapper at a fraction of what you’d pay in the states. You can buy a whole fish and the fishmonger will clean and filet it for you. Or, you can purchase a piece of a large fish already filleted. There’s also several sizes of shrimp that have been frozen.

Fresh fish at the Wednesday Tianguis in Ajijic

Fresh fish at the Wednesday Tianguis in Ajijic

This week I noticed a pink fleshed fish, and inquired what it was. I was told it was Marlin. To my knowledge, I’ve never had Marlin. It looked pretty so I bought some, as well as shrimp for Scampi. Total for 2/3 lb. of Marlin and 1 lb. of shrimp was 130 pesos (US$9.00).

Fresh Marlin caught my eye

Fresh Marlin caught my eye

Having several things to do Wednesday evening, I froze the shrimp, and saved the Marlin for Thursday.

I’ve found a great little taco place in the Tianguis for lunch. They make some of the best tacos de Birria, a chopped stewed meat filling. They also make fish and shrimp tacos.

Making tacos de birria

Making tacos de birria

Dipping battereed fish into hot oil for fish tacos

Dipping battered fish into hot oil for fish tacos

Tacos here are served on soft corn tortillas. You get a portion of meat or fish. Then, you can pile on a host of condiments. At this stand there are cole slaw, cucumber pickle, onion, cilantro, 4 salsas of various intensities. Other stands might have beans, pickled onions, cooked onions, etc.

Choose your condiments

Choose your condiments

You just pull up a chair and dig in

You just pull up a chair and dig in

I usually order 4 tacos – 2 birria, an shrimp, and a fish. The cost: a yummy 36 pesos (about $2.50). It’s a filling lunch.

Can you find the 3 plump fried shrimp? Fish taco is to the left.

Can you find the 3 plump fried shrimp? Fish taco is to the left.

The fish and shrimp tacos disappeared! Yum! 2 Tacos de Birria are left.

The fish and shrimp tacos disappeared! Yum! 2 Tacos de Birria are left.

On my way home, I pass a another stand that has tostadas (more about tostadas) with your choice of fish ceviche (which is excellent), chicken, marinated pigs knuckles (don’t ask me how you eat them on a tostada), oreja (marinated pigs ear), and for the vegetarians, potato salad.

Buen aproveche!

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