All about secret recipe of San Jose’s La Victoria


Marcelino Barrita remembers the exact day 24 years ago when he opened his downtown San Jose taqueria in a converted Victorian: May possibly 14, 1998.

But an similarly important day in La Victoria lore is dropped to background.

That would be the working day months afterwards when he perfected Orange Sauce, his culinary contribution to San Jose and the planet. He designed the condiment to give a tiny added zip to La Vic’s burritos, tacos and quesadillas and with any luck , improve product sales. The notion labored and the sauce — uncommon, creamy, addictive — caught on with clients. Term distribute, he says, thanks to the social media of the time, aka phrase of mouth.


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