Mexican food

Mexican Food, Korean Style

Mexican food, or at least its Americanized, cheese-drenched iteration, is nearly impossible to find in Korea.  Since Ric and I were used to weekly visits to La Carreta or Pancho Villa’s when we lived in Lenoir, the lack of comida mexicana in our lives is definitely an issue.  While tortilla chips and salsa are readily available, most of the time our needs for tacos and burritos are best satisfied at home.  Even though the love of my life is an ace in the kitchen, sometimes my desire for things like sour cream or a mojito drive us to seek out Mexican restaurants.  After many, many meals that were varying degrees of disappointing, we have come to this conclusion–Pancho Villa’s in Lenoir, NC, needs to open a Busan branch.

However, since the likelihood of that occurring is slim-to-none, we present, for your reading pleasure, four brief reviews of Mexican restaurants in Korea that had some redeeming qualities.

We’ll start with Busan:

Mexican Food in Seoul

Hey everyone! 
It's time to talk about one of my favorite things ever.... Mexican Food!, funny how I used to write about Korean Food in Mexico and now I'm doing the opposite. 
3 months ago I left Mexico, I've never been away from my home-country for so long, surprisingly, what I miss the most is the Food, you can say I'm food-homesick?, almost 2 years ago I posted "My 12 reasons to visit Korea" and 1 of them was eating Mexican food in Korea, so, of course when we decided to spend some..."more" time in Korea I knew we would be definitely doing it. 

Mexican Food in Daejeon: Don Enrique; time to get off your ass and see lovely Techno Valley

Don Enrique


Tamale Bake

Like I have said before, my number one craving in Korea is for Mexican food!  In this recipe- shredded chicken, beans and salsa are mixed together with a flaky cornbread topping  to create a fiesta (that’s Spanish for party) in your mouth!

Tamale Bake2

Servings: 4


-2 chicken breasts

-1 tsp olive oil

-1 can of black beans or pinto beans, drained

-2/3 cup salsa (I used pace medium)

-1/2 onion, diced

-3-4 cloves of garlic, minced

-1 chicken bouillon cube

-2-4 Tbls taco seasoning

-1/3 cup water

Nacho Cheese Sauce

The following is a guest article by my friend, Stephen Elliott, another fellow English teacher in Korea. You can follow his adventures in painting/illustration at

Ladies and gentlemen of the internet, there comes a point in a man’s life when he must take a stand and say “enough is enough.” For me, that day came at a buffet dinner with my co-workers where I was served a “nacho cheese” that was thin, not at all spicy, and sweet.

Sweet. I know, right?

I knew that there had to be a better way. Won’t you join me in my delicious revolution? This cheesy, spicy sauce uses processed cheese for the flavor, and a butter roux to thicken it. I know that sunds complicated, but it’s actually quite simple and painless.

Homemade Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito

My no. 1 craving in Korea is Taco Bell’s Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito.  The only Taco Bells in Korea are in Seoul or on the American military bases and since I don’t have access to those places, I had to create my own.  The good news is that it is healthier than Taco Bell!  The combination of the zesty sauce, creamy beans, and Mexican rice in this recipe creates the Taco Bell taste.

Homemade Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito

Servings: 3


For the Rice

-1/2 cup uncooked short grain brown rice (or white if you prefer)

Takorea Mexican Grill

Takorea Mexican Grill has recently opened its first restaurant in Korea. We specialise in providing tasty Mexican food in a warm friendly environment. Come to try our genuine picadillo (beef) and tinga (braised chicken) in tacos, burritos and quesadillas without forgetting to include the enchiladas, enfrijoladas and nachos. A variety of fresh home-made salsas and guacamole are an important part of our menu. Salads, tortilla soup, and some other starters as well as dessert complement our menu. For the thirsty ones, we prepare micheladas (a variety of beer popular in Mexico in these days), flavoured soju margaritas, corona, and a selected range of import and domestic beers. Mexican owned and run with free Wi-Fi and discounts offered to large groups. Neighbouring car park facilities and easy access routes to public transport.

Moreish Mexican @ On The Border

Sometimes I get a craving for some yummy Mexican food, last night was one of those nights. When that happens there are two places I head to in Seoul. Firstly there is Dos Tacos, it's a very casual, cheap and cheerful. This is the place to come for a quick but awesome burrito. The second place is On The Border, a restaurant with four locations in Seoul. It's a better place if your looking for a wider choice and a real sit-down dinner.

Salsa Party in Latin Lounge!

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 21:30

Hello eveyone!

We are going to have a Salsa Party again on Sep,30.

You can only pay 20.000 won and then enjoy an UNLIMITED DRAFT BEER and some food.

We have not only good people but also a great night view.

For sure, you will not regret!

Good people...good music....good time..

Make each day count !

Thank you. Bless U.

051-756-5556 or 010-9359-2086


* Dress code : Beach Wear...:)


Taco Bell - an update

Just a quickie while working on another post.

Last night I read a rumor that Taco Bell was already open, which I doubted - but immediately wanted to confirm. Earlier today, I read the following on 10 Magazine's website:

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