Burrito Brothers share fish taco recipe

Papalote fish tacos


  • 4 oz fresh fish, Cat Fish (Tilapia, Red Snapper are ok too)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped tomatoes
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 1 oz white cooking wine
  • four regular sized corn tortillas
  • shredded lettuce
  • sliced avocado
  1. In a bowl mix cilantro, tomatoes, and onions with a squeeze of lime juice, a pinch of salt, a pinch of pepper to make a pico de gallo salsa. Set aside

  2. In a medium hot pan add butter, fish, a pinch of salt, pepper and garlic powder, along with half of the pico de gallo. After the fish is almost cooked add a splash (about an ounce) of the white cooking wine.

  3. In a separate skillet warm the tortillas.

  4. Put warm tortillas on a plate (two for each taco) and add the cooked fish and the remainder of the pico de gallo.

  5. Add freshly sliced avocado and lettuce and enjoy.

About Victor and Miguel Escobedo:

Victor and Miguel Escobedo started Papalote Mexican Grill a little over 10 years ago on 24th Street in San Francisco, in the heart of the Mission District. Papalote specializes in grilled-to-order meats and also offers a variety of vegan and vegetarian items.

Four years ago the brothers opened Papalote's second location on Fulton Street and currently have their eye on Berkeley for a possible third location to be opened sometime this year.

Papalote has earned many awards in the Burrito and Mexican food categories including Best Burrito by SF Weekly in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and by Citysearch in 2007 and 2008.

Papalote has also received nation-wide recognition by the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. But its biggest honor: a surprise Burrito Throwdown challenge by Iron Chef Bobby Flay. The episode will air on the Food Network February 17 at 9pm.

The Escobedo brothers love to make food, but they also enjoy devoting some of their time to their artistic side. Miguel Escobedo, aka DJ Mr. E is a local DJ and promoter. He enjoys spinning Reggae, 80's, Hip hop and beyond. Miguel can be found at various clubs in the Bay Area bringing the house down.

Victor Escobedo is a standup comic and has performed at various venues with talents such as Manny Maldonado and Bill Santiago. He's even shared the stage with Robin Williams. Victor has been running The comedy workout room! every Wednesday for the past two years out of Pepperbelly's Comedy Theater in Fairfield. Victor can be found at various clubs in the Bay Area bringing the house down.

Papalote Mexican Grill

3409 24th Street at Valencia
Phone: (415) 970 8815
1777 Fulton Street at Masonic
Phone: (415) 776 0106
Website: www.papalote-sf.com

Iron Chef Bobby Flay challenges Papalote Mexican Grill to a BURRITO THROWDOWN

When Victor and Miguel Escobedo opened Papalote Mexican Grill in San Francisco's Mission District 10 years ago, they never dreamt they'd someday go head-to-head with an Iron Chef. But after a decade of serving up grilled-to-order dishes, the Burrito Brothers (a stand-up comic, and a popular DJ) got a surprise visit from the Food Network's Bobby Flay.

After searching the country for the nation's best burrito, Flay found Papalote. The Food Network claimed they wanted to work on a pilot for a new show called "Brotherly Grub". "Which was a pretty stupid name for a show but, hey, I wasn't about to tell The Food Network what I thought about their stupid name for a show," said Victor. But this was no pilot.

Out of nowhere the Iron Chef walked out in the middle of the taping and challenged the brothers to a burrito "Throwdown". "Everything I have ever done in my life having to do with food just flashed in front of my eyes," says Miguel as he remembers the moment Bobby Flay came out.

The episode will air on the Food Network February 17 at 9 p.m. and it will re-air at midnight. Papalote will host a viewing party for friends, family and the press on Wednesday, February 17 at 8 p.m. at the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco.

Victor and Miguel are also available to do on-air cooking demos or simply talk about the experience. Victor Escobedo can be reached at mexicomic@hotmail.com

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