What’s a Taco? Seriously… 

This is a question I’ve heard more than once from South Africans, and it breaks my stomach… eh hemm… I mean HEART.  Knowing these poor people have been deprived of the most amazing food is just too terrible. A big thing I’ve noticed while in South Africa is the rarity of Mexican Restaurants (unlike the USA which has one on every other corner!).

With that being said, Mexican cuisine HAS seen an uprise here in the recent years as more and more people are discovering flavorful and delicious dishes like tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and enchiladas along with a starter of fresh salsa and guacamole with tortilla chips.

There are some restaurants that have Mexican meals on their menu, but most of the time they have some South African twist on it that degrades the authenticity of the meal. South Africans don’t really know how to replicate the Mexican flavor and a big part of that is the absence of true Mexican chili powder.

So where can I eat some Mexican food around here?

The closest I’ve found to true Mexican flavors and style are from a little restaurant in Whiteriver called Picasso’s Mexican Taqueria. Just 20-30 minutes away of Nelspruit (Mbombela), Picasso’s is the place to go when the taco craving sets in. They have a great selection of the more popular Mexican dishes and a fun and cozy atmosphere both indoor and out.

Indoor seating with a funky bar.

Shaded patio to enjoy the fresh outside air.

Rustic and sandy outdoor bar, seating, and lounge for really kicking it back and enjoying the time spent here.

I would highly recommend giving this place a try, especially if you haven’t experienced traditional Mexican food. If you would like more information and directions, go to their website at www.picassoismexican.co.za.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a burrito with my name on it waiting for me!

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