All about key recipe of San Jose’s La Victoria

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

But an equally crucial day in La Victoria lore is lost to historical past.

That would be the working day months later on when he perfected Orange Sauce, his culinary contribution to San Jose and the globe. He created the condiment to give a tiny more zip to La Vic’s burritos, tacos and quesadillas and with any luck , boost revenue. The plan labored and the sauce — unconventional, creamy, addictive — caught on with buyers. Phrase spread, he states, thanks to the social media of the time, aka word of mouth.