A delicious Latin spin on a Louisiana favorite.
While perusing through pictures on Instagram, the wife of the owner of El Bazar Mexicano #2 created a new concept. She took the idea of a Rosca de reyes cake (see below), a Mardi Gras King Cake, and her love of tacos and put them together to make the first Taco King Cake.
20 soft tacos arranged in a circle on a plate make up a Taco Kings Cake. Any combination of six meats or two vegan options can go in each taco. You can mix and match to your specific tastes.
- Chicharróns (pork cracklins in green sauce)
- Carnitas (pulled pork)
- Pastor (red seasoned pork)
- Vegan Pastor
- Beans & Rice
Onions, cilantro, and limes fill in the center of the dish for you to add to the tacos. In addition, Mardi Gras swag will accompany. You’ll receive a crown hat, some beads, and maybe a baby figurine. The Taco King Cake may be the first of it’s kind in the world. When you Google ‘Taco King Cake,’ El Bazar Mexicano #2 is the only place that offers it. Their Pastor Tacos have won several awards in the past year including the Taco Championship at the 2018 Red River Pour Off in Shreveport and Champion of the 2018 East Texas Taco Fest in Marshall.
Surprisingly, it takes as little as 20 minutes to create a Taco King Cake. Stop by their location on at 2847 Summer Grove (off of Mansfield Road) in southwest Shreveport or call ahead at (318) 688-6975 or follow them on their Facebook page. These cakes are offered throughout the year and perfect for tailgating, Mardi Gras parades, and potlucks.
A rosca de reyes is basically the Spanish version of a Mardi Gras King Cake. The shapes are nearly identical. Instead of sugar, the rosca is decorated with figs, cherries, or dried and candied fruits. It is traditionally eaten on January 6 (King’s Day or Epiphany) to celebrate the arrival of the three wise men to Jesus. Like a King Cake, someone usually finds a figurine of baby Jesus in one of the slices. That person is then responsible for hosting a dinner on February 2 (Día de la Candelaria) filled with tamales.
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