El Toro Taco Celebrates 41 years

Popular family eatery is a Homestead Institution

For years Estefana and Pablo Hernandez worked side by side picking vegetables in the fields of South Dade. In 1976, the couple opened the Hernandez Tortilla Factory on Krome Avenue. The business was not an overnight success so Pablo purchased a truck in 1977 and began his version of “Meals on Wheels” as he drove from field to field selling the food that was skillfully prepared in the restaurant. Not only did this provide a source of income but this clever family knew it also was great advertising to promote their restaurant. Well it worked! The food truck would continue for five years as the restaurant business increased in size, finally outgrowing the facility.

Pablo would live to see most of his dream become a reality as the business moved to the present location. His untimely passing, plus Hurricane Andrew, would be a crushing blow to the Hernandez family, but the power of that dream would push them forward to greater heights.

The present site has gone through a series of modifications through the years including the addition of the patio area and a tower, thus fulfilling the original design of a Mexican monastery.

The Hernandez Family just celebrated 41 successful years in the restaurant business. Festivities took place on the back patio area. Estefana sat smiling as several plaques and dedications were presented. This was followed by photographs with everyone wanting to be “snapped” with the matriarch of this popular eatery.

Samples of several menu items were provided along with delicious fruit drinks, to all who attended.

Mariachi Mi Mexico de Manuel Ramirez provided authentic entertainment. Every member of this extremely talented group not only plays a musical instrument but sing as well. They are the best these ears have ever heard.

The Hernandez family is living proof that though success doesn’t always come easy, it will come with hard work and good planning. Today six family members work at El Toro Taco ranging from the founders children to nieces, nephews and cousins. Of course at the center there is proud Estefana, who runs “a tight ship” with help from above.