Oh man do I have a fun recipe for you today! Tostilocos, a Mexican street food specialty, are typically made by cutting open a bag of flavored corn chips and piling on toppings such as pickled pig skin, tamarind candies, Japanese peanuts, jicama, cucumber, lime juice, chamoy and hot sauce. I first had Tostilocos last year at our San Diego LGBT Pride festival. Jorge and I had been walking around all day, and I was getting huuuungry. We stopped to sit for a moment in the shade, when Jorge hopped up and said, “I’ll be right back.” Several minutes later, he returned with a bag of Tostilocos. After just one bite my taste buds were all like, “Whaaaaaaat???” Such a crazy combination of flavors that just completely work well together. Sweet. Salt. Sour. Crunch. I’ll have to say the one element I’m still not completely sold on is the pickled pig skin. It’s like savory gummy worms. But wet and slippery. Not my fav. So when I was coming up with a homemade version of Tostilocos, I decided to substituted thin strips of smoky bacon for the pickled pig skin. I also included some quick pickled cucumber and red onion to add another note of sweet, sour and salt. You can easily make these pickles at home in just one hour (mainly inactive wait time). Jorge and I will still get Tostilocos each year at the festival, but now I can easily satisfy cravings in between with my bacon version!
If you don’t live in San Diego (or any other City bordering Mexico), some of these ingredients may look very foreign to you. Try to find a Mexican market in town. They should have everything you need. Or you can easily purchase these items online. I purchased everything at Pancho Villa’s Farmer’s Market here in SD. Continue reading for the recipe.