By Jordi Lippe-McGraw. Photos: Courtesy Grand Velas Resorts.
An "expensive taco" is an oxymoron, right? There's nothing particularly luxurious about the handheld meal—in fact, some of the best tacos are no-frills food-truck finds in, say, Austin or Mexico City. Leave it to the Grand Velas Los Cabos hotel in Cabo San Lucas to spice things up a bit with a $25,000 taco (comes with a side of gimmick—hold the guac). To the best of our knowledge, it is the world’s most expensive taco.
What accounts for the five-figure price tag? Available at the resort’s Frida restaurant, the taco includes premium ingredients like langoustine, Kobe beef, Almas Beluga caviar ("the most expensive caviar in the world"), and black truffle brie cheese. Toppings aren’t your typical pico de gallo and lettuce—instead, there's a salsa made of dried Morita chile peppers, Ley .925 ultra-premium añejo tequila, and civet coffee, made from the fermented droppings of a wild civet. For the grand finish, the taco is served on a gold flake-infused corn tortilla, with even more gold flake as a garnish.
“Our ultimate goal at Grand Velas Los Cabos is to break the mold of expected, traditional cuisine, going outside of the box and creating new, exciting experiences for our well-traveled and foodie guests,” executive chef Juan Licerio Alcala tells Condé Nast Traveler. “I created the taco by searching for the most premium products from Mexico—like the Morita chiles, tequila, lobster—and combining them with the most expensive ingredients found around the globe.”
This taco certainly puts a lot of the world’s other most expensive dishes to shame. A 12-ounce cut of chateaubriand at Wagyumafia restaurant in Tokyo will only set you back $2,500, comparatively. The “Glamburger” from Honky Tonk in London is a middling $1,770. And the Golden Opulence Sundae from Serendipity 3 in New York and Las Vegas is just $1,000. You have to do something with that tax refund, right? Your kids can get braces another year.
If you still have some cash to burn, Grand Velas Los Cabos suggests pairing the over-the-top taco with a hand-crafted bottle, made of white gold and pure platinum, filled with Ley .925 Pasión Azteca Ultra-Premium Añejo. It will only cost you an additional $150,000.
Good news, though: The taco-and-tequila duo is priced for two people. Sounds just like your local Mexican restaurant’s happy hour, right?
This story originally appeared on Conde Nast Traveler.
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