Last month was Dan's bday, so to celebrate, we drove to Hammond, Indiana to visit one of his favorite Mexican restaurants growing up in the Chicago area, El Taco Real. I know... Hammond, IN? Driving through, it didn't look like much, but boy did El Taco Real live up to expectations.
Now this is what I call kitschy appeal.
We started with strawberry margaritas and guacamole.
You can't really mess up either of these items, but I will say that I prefer my guacamole to be a little chunkier, and with more onion or other little crunchy additions.
Then came the most beautiful thing I've ever seen:
Queso fundido with chorizo! Do you see how awesomely broiled the cheese is? The little burnt parts of the cheese are my favorite. Makes for a slight crisp on the top, and below is the best gooey-cheesy-meaty concoction.
More pics for size perspective. You can almost swim in this stuff, it's so big. (Note to self: try to dream about that tonight.)
The whole thing comes out literally piping hot. The chorizo was super tasty and had a great kick. Eating the queso with the provided corn or flour tortillas = perfection. Hands down, the best queso fundido I've ever had.
We also ordered chicken fajitas, which arrived on a similarly ginormous plate.
The fajitas were solid. They didn't blow me away (I am, after all, from Tex-Mex nation), as they could have used more flavor and seasoning, but they weren't bad. Definitely fulfilled our fajita-craving.
Basically, make your way to Hammond, IN for the most ridiculously delicious queso fundido. It may just change your life!
935 Hoffman St
Hammond, IN 46327