This article was updated at to identify María Ruiz by name.
Terrific Taco; Stellar Service
- 401 South Porter Avenue, Norman, Oklahoma
- Restaurant type
- Mexican fast-food (food truck; indoor seating available)
- AM – PM Monday – Saturday
- Closed Sundays
- 4.0 out of 5 4.0
Last week I stopped at Taqueria Ruiz (Sidenote: Since this article originally posted, the ownership and name of the restaurant have changed. They still serve the same tasty food, but operate under the name Tacos San Tadeo. The article has been updated to reflect the current hours.) for lunch after running some morning errands. I ordered a taco revuelta with a mixture of pork prepared 3 ways: chicharróns (pork rinds), carnitas (braised and shredded pork) and al pastor (pineapple-marinated and broiled pork).
When I told proprietress María Ruiz that I’d like some of her very spiciest salsa, she said,
Just a minute, and dashed back to the kitchen. On her return, she brandished 2 fistsful of jalapeño peppers and asked,
Is that enough? I agreed that it was, indeed, enough. She then blended them, along with onions, garlic, vinegar and seasoning, pouring nearly a pint (~475 ml) of the resulting salsa into a strofoam cup. As I had only ordered a single taco and some rice and beans, I had quite a bit of salsa left over, which Mrs. Ruiz triple-wrapped for me so I could get the precious elixir home without spills.
The restaurant doesn’t currently serve alcohol
, but they are associated with Los Dos Amigos (which has a beverage license), so that may change. Besides the great service, the food was delicious and inexpensive, and the location is conveniently close by for East Norman residents. Highly recommended.