When Marcelo Martin came to Puerto Vallarta in 2008 he had nothing. “The Argentine is not patriotic. He goes where he can make a living,” says Martin. A desire to be close to his two daughters is what brought him to PV. At that time he had no idea that his business would become as successful as it has today.
“It’s a family business,” explains Marcelo. “I couldn’t have done it without the help of my wife, Pamela.” They started in Bucerias in 2009 with an Argentine restaurant. Then the influenza epidemic hit and he had to close. But Marcelo didn’t give up. He started making empanadas and selling them in the gas stations. In 2011 he opened a small restaurant in Valle Dorado selling empanadas and choripanes. That’s where his business really took off.
In 2013 he started selling in some of the local farmers markets. The La Cruz market is where his products became popular with the American and Canadian communities. Other markets followed-Bucerias, Nuevo Vallarta and Marina Vallarta. He decided to open another restaurant. This time it was a food truck in Bucerias in 2015, Taco Tango, where they sold empanadas, choripanes, tacos and cuts of meat.
In 2016 he opened another restaurant. This time in Marina Vallarta, Taco Tango. They have a more extensive menu and seating for 60 people. Marcelo believes in keeping it simple. Even though they offer more dishes at Taco Tango in the marina he still focusing on three main foods-empanadas, choripanes and pierna de cerdo.
“The empanada is a typical Argentine dish. Every region of the country has its own version. Mine are from Cordoba,” explains Marcelo. They make the dough and the fillings which are beef, smoked marlin, lamb and spinach and cheese. They are served with chimichurri.
The third dish is the Big Sandwich pierna de cerdo. This is a cut of pork which is cooked slowly over a low fire on the grill for five hours so that it doesn’t dry out. It is also served on a big bun with vegetables and chimichurri.
What’s next for this hard-working Argentine duo? Torta Tango coming soon.
Marcelo and Pamela can be found at the Olas Altas Farmers Market on Saturday, the La Cruz market on Sunday, Nuevo Vallarta on Tuesday, Bucerias on Wednesday and Marina Vallarta on Thursday nights. They also offer catering with one week’s notice. They may be reached at 322 150 0892 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Olas Altas Farmers Market
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to enjoy traditional Mexican crafts, live music and delicious artisan food, look no further than the Olas Altas Farmers Market. We offer over 90 booths of “Handmade and Homegrown” goodies as well as prepared foods such as tamales, tacos, homemade ice cream, paella, fish tacos, pozole, Indian food, empanadas, Thai food, gourmet hot dogs, vegan and vegetarian dishes and baked goods, all just steps away from the famous Los Muertos Beach. You can also find musical instruments, soaps, jewelry, meat pies, cheese, leather bags, jams and jellies, blown glass, produce, herbs, honey, baklava, cigars, clothes, brooms, paper mache figures, water colors and fermented foods.
We’re open from 9:30 to 2:00 pm every Saturday from the first Saturday in November to the last Saturday in April. We’re located in the Lazaro Cárdenas Park in Vallarta’s Emiliano Zapata neighborhood. For only 20 pesos an hour, you can park in the garage directly beneath the park.