Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ knows Austin well — so very well that the trailer combines what the city loves the most: barbecue and Tex-Mex. The marriage of smoked meat and tortillas makes so much sense, and there is no greater version than the Real Deal Holyfield breakfast taco.
The creation of the Real Deal Holyfield came about when pitmaster and owner Miguel Vidal made his father’s favorite breakfast, huevos rancheros. To switch things up, Vidal served the eggy dish — full of refried beans, potatoes, and bacon — in a tortilla. Then he topped it all off with a slice of brisket. He presented this instant masterpiece to his father saying, "Here you go, this taco is the real deal. The real deal, Holyfield." Yes, he used a phrase from the Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg joint effort Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang, and of course it stuck.
The birthplace of the Real Deal Holyfield taco was at Valentina’s original home at Star Bar; then the trailer moseyed down to far South Austin. While its sister trailer Violet Taco still dishes out all sorts of tacos from the West 6th Street bar, you sadly won't find the Real Deal Holyfield there.
Now for your instant gratification purposes, Vidal took Eater photographer Robert J. Lerma through each step in making this most satisfying breakfast taco — from the handmade tortilla all the way to the spicy salsa. The next best thing is actually eating this thing. See the making of Real Deal Holyfield in all it's glory, right here:
The first and most crucial step: forming the handmade flour tortilla, made fresh daily on the spot.
Vidal shapes the dough into the perfect size mound to serve as the proper vehicle for taco fillings.
Once the tortilla is all ready, it’s time to add the refried beans.
Next, Vidal fries one of the key ingredients: two eggs.
While the eggs are frying, Vidal sneaks some potatoes on top of the beans. Then he stacks on the finished fried eggs.
The barbecue part is necessary. So here comes a single slice of tender mesquite-smoked brisket.
For another layer of smokey depth and added crunch, a crispy strip of bacon comes next.
The finishing touch: tomato serrano salsa drizzles.
Behold, the ever mighty Real Deal Holyfield breakfast taco.
Try the Real Deal Holyfield daily from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 7612 Brodie Lane.