Summer Daze

El Pelon chef Jose Torres knows the consistency of salsa is key to success. Too runny and there’s no texture for dipping. Too thick and you can’t spread it easily. The fire-roasted salsa ($4) threads that needle and adds a kick from a few different types of peppers—including habaneros—and onions. After the ingredients are roasted, he mixes them in a large container until the texture—and consistency—is just right.





28 essential taco stops in the Boston area

El Pelón’s status as a cult favorite is reflected by the decor: Both its Fenway and Brighton locations are festooned with fans wearing their El Pelón gear across the globe. When it comes to tacos, El Pelón provides four varieties to choose from: rajas con queso with black beans and roasted poblanos, grilled-steak-and-guac caramelos, grilled chicken americanos, and the hefty fan-pleasing pescado filled with cornmeal-battered cod and chile mayo.


With Lines out the Door, El Pelon Fills BC’s Burrito Needs

Show a Boston College student the iconic picture of a mustachioed bald man with a bird on his shoulder, and they’ll almost surely identify the logo of beloved hotspot El Pelón Taqueria. The logo depicts Jim Hoben, the owner of the Commonwealth Ave. restaurant, his wife’s bird, Murray, and a distinguished piece of facial hair.

El Pelón Taqueria: bringing tasty and affordable Mexican food to Boston

El Pelón Taqueria: bringing tasty and affordable Mexican food to Boston

A Red Sox game was in full bloom when I ventured over to El Pelón Taqueria in Fenway, one of many restaurants surrounding the ballpark. Its brightly colored umbrellas and wooden picnic tables stood out on the bright sunny day. Despite being past peak lunch hours, the taqueria was swarming with customers.

The Last Finalist For America’s Best Burrito Is Delicious

This week we journey from Boston to Alabama and from San Francisco to El Paso to determine the fourth entrant in the Burrito Bracket’s final round. If my Round 1 opinions hold, it will be a close match between El Paso’s Delicious Mexican Eatery and San Francisco’s Taqueria Cancún. California already has two restaurants in the finals; does it rate a third?