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780 E. Grand Ave. Carbondale, IL 62901

Ph: (618) 549-3777 or  (618) 351-1177

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CUSTOMER & STAFF FAVORITES

We call them Nachos Don Taco for a good reason!  Our most popular entree is piled high with our signature mix of seasoned grilled chicken, steak, and shrimp, smothered in melted cheese, and topped with lettuce and tomato.

A close second is the Don Taco Burrito, a 12' flour tortilla filled with the same signature blend of chicken, steak, and shrimp with the added flavor of refried beans, lettuce, melted cheese and tomatoes.

WHAT EXACTLY IS THAT ON OUR MENU?

You may see a few items on the menu and wonder, what is that, exactly? We offer a large variety of fillings in many of our dishes. We also offer a delicious specialty Mexican drink. Learn more about our culture and culinary traditions here.

* Specialty meat and horchata information found here has been adapted from Wikipedia.

UNIQUE MEAT FILLINGS

AL PASTOR

BARBACOA
CARNITAS
CHORIZO

We slow-cook this meat for 5 hours!

 

Traditionally, it is cooked over an open fire or steamed until tender. This meat is known for its high fat content and strong flavor, and is traditionally served with onions and cilantro.

 

It is a form of cooking meat that originated in the Caribbean with the Taíno people, and it is where the "barbeque" term originates. 

Carnitas are made by braising or simmering pork in oil or lard until tender. The process takes 3 hours for us, and results in very tender and juicy meat, which is traditionally served with onions and chopped cilantro.

 

Carnitas, literally means "little meats," and is a Mexican dish which originates from the state of Michoacán.

Simply, chorizo is a spiced sausage. Chorizo has a distinctive smoky taste and deep red color, which comes from dried, smoked red peppers. 

There are many varieties of chorizo, including Mexican, Spanish, and Portuguese, which contain various types of meats and seasonings to provide their regional distinction.

Pork that is marinated in spices, slowly cooked for 3 hours, and thinly sliced off of a vertical rotisserie. 

 

From Spanish, "shepherd style," al pastor was developed in central Mexico that is based on shawarma spit-grilled meat brought by mainly Christian Lebanese immigrants to Mexico.

HORCHATA (AGUA DE HORCHATA)

This is a delicious Mexican drink, made with special blend of water, rice, and spices, including cinnamon and vanilla. It is a creamy, refreshing drink, served cold.  

 

This seasoned rice milk pairs perfectly with any of our other Mexican flavors and even helps in taming some spicy foods.

Various types of horchata are found all over the world. The ingredients vary in each region, and it is speculated that no two horchatas are alike. The drink originating in Spain as well as Latin American countries are most similar to the horchata we serve at Don Taco. Each recipe uses a slightly different blend of rice, nuts, and spices.