Credit: Kambria Fischer
Credit: Kambria Fischer

This Carlsbad Global Taco Bar Has 5 Tacos That Are Far From Ordinary

The Global Flavors and Quality Ingredients at This Carlsbad Hotspot Are Something to Taco ‘Bout

San Diego is synonymous with tacos, and we’re always on the hunt for spots to pick up the city’s specialty. Carlsbad Village’s PureTaco is our latest hot spot, where the mouth-watering taco menu is packed with fan favorites, like Baja fish, Pastor and shredded chicken. But unlike other taco bars, PureTaco has us drooling over the unexpected global flavors in their specialty tacos, such as the Green Curry Shrimp and Pho Beef. The breezy wrap-around, dog-friendly patio, bright decor and central bar stocked with refreshing margarita makings add to the vibe and create the perfect après-beach hang. Regardless of what you’re craving, these five tacos are out of this world. Best Tacos in Carlsbad

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Citrus Braised Pork

Ingredients: Citrus-braised pork, guacamole, salsa fresca, cilantro and a fresh-pressed corn tortilla 

Filled to the brim with meat and just the right amount of toppings, this taco is anything but a traditional treat. Juicy yet crisp pork boasts a bright and zesty finish that is rounded out by ultra-creamy guacamole. Pair this handheld dish with a rotating local craft beer for a dinner that will make everyone at the table feel order-envy. 

Best Tacos in Carlsbad

Korean Pork Bo Ssam 

Ingredients: Braised pork, cilantro, sliced local avocado, ssamjang, shaved radish, red onion and a fresh-pressed corn tortilla 

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Tacos aren’t just for traditional Mexican tastes anymore. Asian-inspired flavors from the ginger, sesame and scallion-infused Korean ssamjang sauce moisten this pork taco for a dish that masterfully blends sweet, spicy and savory. The crunchy radish and onion offer a contrast in texture that delights with each bite. Trust us: one Korean Pork Bo Ssam taco is just not enough. 


Green Curry Shrimp 

Ingredients: Grilled shrimp, organic grilled zucchini, organic green cabbage, Thai basil, mint, cilantro, green curry and a fresh flour tortilla

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Yes, you read that right: curry has made its way into a taco. And yes, it’s a must-order! Fresh grilled shrimp is topped with warm green curry and cooling mint and basil for an herby taco that packs a punch. The taco continues to go green with cabbage and zucchini, all wrapped into a homemade, warm flour tortilla. 

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Pho Beef 

Ingredients: Grilled steak, pho aioli, pickled cucumber, mint, cilantro, Thai basil, serranos, hoisin, sriracha and a fresh flour tortilla


Soup may not be on the menu, but this Pho Beef taco comes close. Topped with classic pho fixings like Thai basil, cucumber, mint, serranos and hoisin, this taco is unlike anything we’ve tasted. We could drink the umami pho aioli, but instead, we’ll pair it with PureTaco’s straightforward “The Skinny” margarita. 




Ingredients: Grilled organic zucchini, chimichurri-marinated portobello mushroom, squash blossom, organic pickled onion, salsa macha, salsa verde and a fresh-pressed corn tortilla 

Vegetarians and carnivores alike will go crazy over this colorful taco. Creatively topped with an eye-catching squash blossom, this taco’s grilled zucchini adds a delectable char to complement the herbaceous, savory portobello. The real stars of the show, however, are the two salsas that add the perfect amount of spice with the right depth of flavor.

Best Tacos in Carlsbad

2742 State St, Ste 102
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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​Currently based in San Diego, ​Kambria Fischer is a lifestyle photo​grapher known for her impactful​, authentic​ ​imagery​ of lifestyle brands, food, ​people and travel.​​ ​​She holds a ​BA in Journalism​ and Public Relations​​ from CSULB and has an accomplished professional background in the hospitality and tourism industries. You can find Kambria hiking or playing beach volleyball on the weekends and eating tacos almost any night of the week.
Visit her at www.kambriafischer.com.

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