One of the best things about growing up in Southern California, is its proximity to Mexico. Being able to drive over the border or hop on a quick flight gave us the opportunity to visit many different areas and experience regional Mexican cuisine. My personal obsession when visiting Mexico was always the same- to find the perfect taco. After a day or two of serious reconnaissance work, it becomes clear which taco stands are the busiest, have the longest lines and draw the most locals. There, tacos cost less than a dollar, tortillas and hot sauces are made from scratch, ingredients are locally grown, and ripened on the tree and vine. This is why they taste so good.