By Eden Ramsay
I’m going to let you in on a secret. As far as authentic Mexican tacos at an unbeatable price goes in Winnipeg, I may have found the jackpot.
After hearing from a couple of sources how good the tacos at BMC Market were, I decided I needed to check out the place out for myself to see just how good. I made my way down to it’s bright blue painted storefront at 772 Osborne Street.
The place carries many imported Mexican food products, such as pop, tortilla chips, spices, and hot sauces. You can even order an imported ice cold Mexican pop to go along with your homemade tacos or quesadilla.
At BMC Market there are five types of tacos available. Chorizo (Mexican-style sausage), Pastor (marinated pork with pineapple and onions), Rajas (poblano peppers with mushrooms and cream), Tinga (chicken with onion and cabbage), and Barbacoa (braised beef in dry chili sauce). The tacos comes with a lime slice and your choice of one of five side salsas.
I decided to try the Pastor, Rajas and Tinga with medium salsa. All three came in a warm, pan-fried corn tortilla and were topped with fresh, chopped onions and cilantro. I took my plate and sat down at a table surrounded with brightly-painted, festive-looking chairs and topped with a picture book about Mexican architecture.
The Rajas taco was an interesting vegetarian mix with juicy, cooked, flavourful mushrooms in a creamy sauce. It paired nicely with the chopped onions sprinkled on top. The Tinga taco was filled with tender chicken cooked with onion and cabbage which gave it a delicious, slightly tangy, savoury flavour. My favourite of the tacos I tried was the Pastor. The marinated pork was delicately flavoured and cooked to perfection with onions and pineapple. The pineapple’s sweetness gave an excellent contrast to the pork’s rich, smoky taste.
On one of the storefront windows of BMC Market you will find a big poster coloured like Mexico’s national flag that reads, “Tacos 3 x $5.00 + tax everyday. Great Taste. Great Value.” Along with the warm and friendly service, this perfectly sums up my BMC Market taco experience.
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Eden Ramsay is a Creative Communications student at Red River College. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and majored in graphic design. She loves culture, design in its many forms, and exploring the world around her. Follow her on Twitter: @EdenRamsay.