Menudo warms the body and soul at Taqueria Elvira’s 

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
Like many children of the 1980s, I can’t help but picture the flamboyant Latin American boy band Menudo every time I see the word written (God those were some awful bodysuits). It’s not served widely around Colorado Springs, even though menudo the soup remains a weekend mainstay for Mexican families — a brunch item, basically, and notorious hangover remedy. It tends to be served only on weekends when found here, or as a special, but Taqueria Elvira’s now dishes it daily, a giant bowl for an easy $9.99. Many gringos shy away from the item, as tripe (cow stomach lining) isn’t as coveted an edible here as it is south of the border. Yeah, it’s chewy and fatty and texturally a bit of a chore on the jaws, but damn does it taste good in a deep red (not spicy) guajillo chile broth, flavored simply with a chicken base, garlic, faint anise and garnishing squeezes of lime, plus chopped onions and cilantro. Bits of hominy add starchy bulk, and side corn tortillas easily soak up the warming broth. New since we were last in: a cooler full of Mexican beers with which to pair any of Elvira’s fine fare.
Location Details Taquería Elvira's
2356 S. Academy Blvd.
Academy (South)
Colorado Springs, CO
9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.


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