Mexican restaurant Placentia calls salsa the secret ingredient to street taco success in Los Angeles and Orange counties

PLACENTIA (KABC) — When it comes to street tacos, Taqueria De Anda prides itself on being home to the most authentic Mexican taco in Orange County.

What started as a taco cart in Mexico, morphed into a taco truck in Fullerton, is now a growing taco empire with 13 locations in Southern California.

“Their salsas are probably some of the best I’ve tasted in Orange County,” said regular boss Pedro Garcia of Anaheim.

Topping the menu at Taqueria de Anda is their carne asada street taco.

It may look like a simple taco, but it’s packed with massive flavor packed with three toppings – cilantro, onion, and their secret ingredient – house salsa.

“Salsas come from my mother,” said Jaime De Anda, CEO of Taqueria De Anda. “When we started growing up, she started giving us the recipes. To this day, we have a commissary where we make the salsas for all the places.”

Their secret recipe comes in two flavors – salsa roja is tangy and salsa verde is mild.

What makes a street taco authentic? The answer is quite simple.

“The original (street) taco is supposed to be eaten in three bites,” De Anda said. With great humor, he explained that any street taco that takes more than three bites is considered “Americanized.”

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