Salsa Picante at Taqueria Ruiz

Taqueria Ruiz


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.

Taqueria San Tadeo Sign
Taqueria San Tadeo Sign

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. 

About Chris J. Zähller

International Man of Mystery. Cocktail Nerd. Occasionally designs websites. Sometimes snaps a picture or two.

↑ Go back to the beginning of this page.
Mercury Photo Bureau underlying-calculable