Your Taco Truck Primer…
Taco trucks and stands are quite different from the restaurants that serve “tacos”. Tacos from restaurants in the US are filled with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and ground meat. In fact, I am hard pressed to count tacos from restaurants as “true tacos”.
True street tacos possess only the essentials. Meat wrapped in a warm hand sized corn tortilla. Onions, cilantro, and salsa (red or green) is up to you, but highly recommended. We often like a squirt of lime on there too. Order it up “para aqui” (for here) or “para llevar” (to go).
Below is a guide of common fillings you may see on the menu:
asada – beef, grilled or broiled steak, often marinated
pollo – chicken
al pastor – pork; you’ll often see it being cooked on a vertical spit, it is marinated, and sometimes served with grilled onions
carnitas – pork; roasted pork, pulled and often fried to give it a crispy exterior
chorizo – pork sausage
cabeza – cheek meat from a cow
chicharron – fried pork rind
lengua – tongue
buche – stomach
tripa – tripe/intestines
molleja – sweetbreads
sesos – brain