Mystery bacon in your Taqueria Cancun quesadilla

Tumblr user stupidexcited (not pictured) shares a fascinating problem:

I’ve observed a local phenomenon and am wondering if anyone empathizes: 2/3 times you order a super chicken quesadilla at Cancun, there will be crispy wonderful chunks of bacon goodness in there. Just, little bacon crunchies that you didn’t ask for but somehow appeared in a miracle of animal cross-pollination. BUT 1/3 times, it’s just a chicken quesadilla with a side of disappointment. If you specifically ask for bacon on your quesadilla the guys behind the counter will act flustered, feign confusion, and sometimes outright deny the existence of bacon in one or even two languages. !?!??! whyyy? why introduce me to the bacon-dilla in the first place if you’re just going to toy with my heart’s stomach like this? [link]

Troublesome! What’s the deal?

[Photo by C.R.E.A.M.]

18 Responses to “Mystery bacon in your Taqueria Cancun quesadilla”

  1. Steve-Z says:

    Isn’t that the leftover carnitas grill scrapings that find their way into chicken burritos, too? Usually nice and carbonized, giving that crispy bacon taste

  2. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

    Yeah, pretty sure that’s crispy carnitas bits, not bacon. Still bonus awesome, though.

  3. Carlos B. says:

    They have at least one dish that includes bacon (alambres, basically beef fajitas with bacon), which I order all the time, so it’s possible!

  4. Olu says:

    I think they’re right to be confused. Are you sure it’s bacon, because they probably don’t have any bacon there. Do you know what bacon tastes like? As opposed to say….other pork derivative products? I agree w/ Steve-Z it’s probably crispy carnitas or al pastor parts from their not at all clean grill.

  5. While this might just be some thoroughly crunchified carnitas, I really think it’s bacon. I even pulled a piece out and inspected it out with my (mildly grossed out but thoroughly amused) dinner partner. Looks and tastes like bacon! I really am less concerned with what pork product it is than I am with how to ensure its presence in my meal.

  6. Hates Roaches says:

    You sure it wasn’t a roach? The things fall from the ceiling in that place.

    • Skeptical says:

      What is Taqueria Cancun not pristine enough for you? Why don’t you just go eat at Nick’s Crispy Tacos or Papalote or fucking Chipotle then?

      • Hates Roaches says:

        Um no, I don’t eat at any of those spots. Let me understand your logic, if Hates Roaches posts negatively about Cancun then Hates Roaches should eat at three other specific places. Do I have that correct? Are you saying those spots are more pristine? May I eat at other Taquerias or only the three you list?

        I think I do understand you post afterall. Because I’m critical of Cancun I must be someone worthy of your derision and should eat at Taquerias you deem, what, lame?, for the uncool? It comes close to a granfalloon, “We are the eaters from Cancun, and we will caste thee out for your apostasy.”

    • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

      Funny, because Can-Cun has a Health Inspection score of 98 (out of 100). Never seen anything remotely nasty there.

      • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

        In case you’re wondering, that’s cleaner than either Papalote (94), Chipotle (96) or Nick’s Crispy Tacos (90). And infinitely tastier than any of ‘em, to boot.

      • Hates Roaches says:

        Good for you. I used to go there. I liked the tortas. I stopped going. There were many roaches crawling along the wall at the tables and yes one did fall from the ceiling onto my table . I don’t go there anymore. That’s my experience, YMMV. But I think I’m now banished from the island. Maybe I just where a scarlet C of shame?

        • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

          Just saying that your theory is not supported by the evidence. *shrug* But you can believe whatever you want about the restaurant if it makes you happy, I suppose.