On Nov. 24, Chilangos Tacos opened its second location in Plano’s Legacy Hall. Mexico City transplants Jon Garay and Chef Joel Mendoza started the taco concept in Dallas. They originally met during a food trailer transaction and soon after decided to put their skillsets together to create Chilangos, a word that refers to a person hailing from Mexico City.
“The whole concept was born out of necessity. I’m from Mexico City and couldn’t find tacos like I enjoyed back home anywhere in Dallas. With Chilangos my goal was to go back to the basics and take a look at what makes a good taco. It all comes down to a good tortilla, great protein, amazing salsa and simple toppings, and that’s exactly what we focus on at Chilangos,” shared Jon.
The Plano menu includes tacos, quesadillas and sides including elote (corn) and chips with salsa. For tacos and quesadillas, guests can choose between carne asada (beef), al pastor (pork), pollo (chicken), barbacoa (beef) or hongos (mushroom). They are prepared in the traditional Mexico City style with onions, cilantro and choice of salsa.
The Las Costras Taco is Chilangos’ signature item. It has drawn in fans from across the Metroplex and beyond. Griddled Monterey Jack cheese is melted directly on the grill until it forms a crust. After that, the guest’s choice of protein is added and folded into the cheese. The protein and cheese is placed into a tortilla.
The Birria Taco is Joel’s grandfather’s original recipe. The tortilla is drenched with birria, a Mexican stew, then filled with cheese and meat, then folded and drenched further with more birria.
“When we were looking at bringing in a Mexican street food concept to Legacy Hall, our priority was finding a partner with true respect for the tradition,” shared Food Hall Co. Vice President of Curation Kulsoom Klavon.
Chilangos Tacos is now open at Legacy Hall Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.Chilangos Tacos >