No matter what your daily routine involves, Mondays can often be brutal. Every now and then, we need to provide ourselves with a little, simple self care. On that note, there is absolute truth in the saying,“There is beauty in simplicity.” While this may be an intended reference to other things, this perfectly describes this week’s adventure at Las Quesadillas The Original Taste of Mexico.
The particularlocation we visited is centrally situated among other eateries such as Green Ceviche and Firehouse Subs at Marval Plaza, on the corner of McColl and Trenton in Edinburg. Don't frequent the Edinburg area much? First of all, you totally should, secondly, don't fret, additional locations can be found in other Rio Grande Valley cities such as Mission and Pharr.
So, when searching for that taste of “home” and childhood memories of delicious food from mama or abuelita making magic in the kitchen, what’s more comforting than a warm, freshly-made quesadilla? We’re talking handmade, on-the-spot, flipped on the comal, stuffed with cheese and dripping with your choice of red or green salsa, corn tortilla quesadillas. That’s right. Nothing!
*at the food counter*
Gaby: Whatcha orderin'?
Trisha: Gonna go with the Tinga de Pollo (chicken) sope and a Chorizo quesadilla, plus one hecho en México Coca-Cola to wash it all down, please!
Gaby: Alright, in that case, I’ll have one with my favorite quesadilla stuffing of all time, Huitlacoche quesadilla and two sopes, one made with Tinga de Res (beef) and the other with Chicharrón (braised pork cracklings).
Gaby:Whee-talla-coach-e. A.k.a. Corn smut!
Huitlacoche, or better known as Mexican’s truffle is a soft, spreadable, dark ingredient that grows on ears of corn around the kernel as puffy, gray clouds. Derived from the Nahuatl language and used by the Aztecs, Huitlacoche is a Mexican ingredient that has become an increasing popular culinary delicacy due to Chefs like Josefina Howard from New York’s Rosa Mexicano.
Each quesadilla is literally prepared right before your eyes with handmade tortillas de maíz (corn) and queso fundido. Besides quesadillas, Las Quesadillas serves sopes. All sopes (corn masa cakes) have a black beans base and are layered with your choice of filling, then topped off with shredded lettuce and crema. Whole lot of traditional yumminess packed into modest portions.
If you’re looking for some “comida casera” make sure to stop by Las Quesadillas to get your quick fix. Tight on budget? Quesadillas are only $1 each and sopes are $2.49. Don’t go cray-cray on ordering too many, though. Each tortilla is above your average size.
For more information, follow them on social media @lasquesadillastasteofmexico or call them at (956) 897-2560. We visited their location on 4301 S McColl Road, Edinburg, TX (which we hear is the best one, wink). Open daily, Sunday-Monday, from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.