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Latino Food Trucks Are Serving Up Some Of The Most Delicious Foods From Coast To Coast

The Latino food truck as we know it today has evolved from its earliest years as a Texas chuckwagon, to the modern version of the iconic street food found in major cities everywhere. You can find a food truck selling just about any cuisine imaginable these days, and Latin cuisine is of course no exception. Below is a list of the 20 best Latin food trucks in the country.

Tex’s Tacos

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Atlanta, Georgia: Known around town as the “Antonio Banderas of food trucks”, Tex’s Tacos food trucks offers lunch-goers menu items such as Chicken Fresca Tacos, made with a honey lime-brined chicken; classic Carne Asada with “citrus-splashed skirt steak”; as well as sides like “lime fries” and, of course, there is Mexican Coke and Mexican Fanta to wash it all down. Tex’s Tacos brings a great name to a long list of Latin food trucks in the country.

Tender Grill Gourmet Brazilian Kitchen

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Los Angeles, California: The first gourmet Brazilian food truck in the City of Angels offers Angelenos Brazilian appetizers like Pao de Quiejo (cheese bread), salads featuring picanha (steak), sandwiches like Catupireza Sandwich (smoked Brazilian sausage) as well as traditional gluten-free Brazilian plates like Herb Marinated Chicken Breast with farofa, and desserts like Mousse de Maracuja (passion fruit mousse).

Cuchifritos Puerto Rican Eatery

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Atlanta, Georgia: Hungry folks in Atlanta can get a taste of the island at this Puerto Rican food truck. On the menu are appetizers like Tostones de Platano; a Pernil sandwich, and Chicharrones de Pollo. Cuchifritos also has a virgin Piña Colada to help you daydream about an island vacation while on your lunch break.

La Patrona Food Bus

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Chicago, Illinois: La Patrona serves downtown Chicago your typical Mexican-American street fare like elotes and guacamole, and a wide assortment of tacos and tortas.

La Cocinita

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Chicago, Illinois: Originating out of New Orleans, La Cocinita food truck offers Chicagoans Latin American street food like arepas, burrito bowls, and the Venezuelan guacamole, guasacaca. This Latin food truck also has a “stupid hot” sauce to douse on your lunch.

Azucar

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Dallas, Texas: According to Roaming Hunter, Azucar is one of Dallas’ best kept secrets. With lunch menu offerings like Mayan Taco (frybread topped with beans, rice, an assortment of veggies, and your choice of meat) and loaded burritos, it’s easy to understand why locals would want to keep this Latin food truck to themselves.

The Guava Tree Truck

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Dallas, Texas: “A Cuban Truckstaurant” that serves up authentic Cuban food in Dallas. Ropa Vieja, Pan con Lechon, and of course Tostones are on the menu. Make sure to check out this Latin food trucks dessert offerings — goodies like Black Bean Cupcakes (with Guava Cream Cheese Frosting), and a White Bean Cupcake (with Dulce de Leche Frosting).

Picanha Steak Truck

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Las Vegas, Nevada: At this Brazilian food truck in Vegas, you’ll find Brazilian fare like Picanha (steak) Fries topped off with an over-easy egg and Picanha’s “famous garlic sauce”, Grilled Shrimp Tacos (with more of that garlic sauce), and a Picanha Steak Sandwich.

Que Sazon

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Phoenix, Arizona: If South American cuisine is what you’re craving, this Phoenix truck should be on your list of great Latin food trucks. Serving Latin-inspired food like chicken empanadas, a side of sweet plantains, and arroz con pollo (classically Latin!), Que Sazon will meet all your street food requirements.

Churros 101

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Las Vegas, Nevada: Who can resist sweet, crunchy comida like a churro. If you’re Las Vegas, be sure to hit up this truck that specializes in churros and nothing but churros.

El Chato Taco Truck

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Los Angeles, California: El Chato is known among Los Angeles as a local legend and for good reason. This long-running truck has been serving up Mexican eats on Los Angeles streets since 2006. At El Chato you can expect to find $1 street tacos, both meat-filled and vegetarian burritos, and of course delicious, fresh salsa.

Tumaca Truck

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Los Angeles, California: While Mexican food is represented many times over in L.A.’s food truck scene, (check out more of the L.A. taco truck scene here) Spanish cuisine can not be forgotten. Tumaca Truck is the city’s “first and only traveling purveyor of Barcelona-style sandwiches and tapas.” You’ll find food like Croquetas Ibericas (ham croquettes), Tumaca Fries (potatoes bravas), and of course Spanish Serrano ham sandwiches.

Zema Food Truck

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Los Angeles, California: You’ll find Latin and Caribbean-inspired cuisine at this food truck. Come hungry and try out a variety of crispy corn griddle sandwiches, arepas stuffed with shrimp, Cachapas (sweet corn pancakes filled with Venezuelan soft cheese, beef, or pork). Wash it all down with beverages like Malta, lemonade made with sugar cane, and red soda “colita.”

Lizarran America Food Truck

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Miami, Florida: In a city swimming with Cuban cuisine, Lizarran America instead shines a comida spotlight on Spanish-fusion. Lizarran offers a wide assortment of pinchos (or, pintxos, “small snacks”) like Tortilla de Patatas, an octopus and potato puree (the Pulpo a la Gallega), and classic Spanish side dishes like patatas bravas and croquettes.

El Bochinche

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Miami, Florida: Colombian cuisine is authentically represented here at this Miami food truck. Street food lovers will find menu items like La Chuleta “The Original” (breaded and fried pork loin), Prime Flank Steak or Sobrebarriga (served with fries and sweet plantains). Be sure to check out the Chuletwist — pork or chicken chuleta served up with fries in a convenient paper cone for a tasty one-handed snack.

Los Viajeros Food Truck

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Manhattan, New York: This Latin fusion (think: Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Mexico) truck is operated and run by a Food Network Chopped champion, so you know the food will be delicious. Hungry New Yorkers can choose from a selection of tacos, and their best-selling burritos, like the El Jefe Burrito (brown rice, Cuban-style steak, sweet plantains, cheese, and jalapeños.

Nuchas

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New York City, New York: Featuring an assortment of freshly baked empanadas, or nuchas, Nuchas is a newer Latin food truck that can be found in Times Square, Greeley Square, as well as Brooklyn Borough Hall. Whichever location you hit up, you’ll find empanadas stuffed with things like portobello mushrooms, spicy cheese, and shiitake curry.

Sarah’s Latin Taste

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San Jose, California: Roaming the streets of the Bay Area, this Latin food truck offers up South American flavor to hungry folks in cities like Santa Clara and San Jose. Street food lovers can choose from food like the Chicken Milanesa sandwich (crispy, breaded chicken on a ciabatta roll), and Churrasco Plate – tender skirt steak topped with delicious chimichurri and a side of chimi fries.

Ceviche & Co

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San Francisco, California: With a Latin and Ecuadorian influenced menu, this San Francisco Latin food truck serves — you guessed it — ceviche! You will also find comida like grilled steak with chimichurri, and of course plantains and braised pork empanadas.

Tacos La Flaca

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Seattle, Washington: Lovers of Mexican food will be happy they checked out this Seattle food truck. Order the Paco’s Tacos if you’re in the mood to mix and match your favorite taco fillings (choose from carne asada, barbaoca, al pastor, lengua, and even tofurizo!). Tacos La Flaca also offers tortas, mulitas, as well as classic Mexican beverages like horchata and Jarritos.


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Street Vendor By The Name Of Lorenzo Pérez Murdered Execution Style — “The person who killed my dad took away a part of me”

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Street Vendor By The Name Of Lorenzo Pérez Murdered Execution Style — “The person who killed my dad took away a part of me”

Like many street vendors, 45-year-old Lorenzo Pérez sold food to support his family.

Married and the father of four children ages 15, 13, 9, and 1, Perez is described by friends and family as being well known amongst neighborhood residents. He was often seen working alongside his daughter who helped him on occasion. Now, the community and family who knew Perez well are in mourning, after he was shot in broad daylight while doing his job.

Perez died after he being shot in the head in southeast Fresno on Sunday afternoon.

Fresno Police were called to the scene of a possible robbery at Alta and Pierce Avenues, near Kings Canyon and Willow around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. On the way to the scene, the police officers learned that a street vendor had been shot once in the head.

According to reports, Perez was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center where he ultimately died.

Witnesses of the murder told officers that a man had beckoned Perez to come over to him in a way that suggested he was going to purchase something from him.

According to police reports, when Perez walked up to the suspect, the man pulled out a gun and shot the vendor. He then stole a few items, which have not been identified, and flew the scene. Witnesses told police officers that they’d seen the man loitering around the area before the shooting.

A local news station reported that “Officers are now looking into surveillance footage from the area to try and identify the shooter… Through a statement, Fresno City Council President Luis Chavez announced that he will be offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the shooter’s arrest.”

“The coward that murdered our food vendor, turn yourself in and face the consequences. You’ve brought tremendous pain to a family and our city,” Chavez exclaimed in the statement.

To help the Perez family, Councilmember Esmeralda Soria set up a GoFundMe account which has already raised $141,780 out of its $125,000 goal.

Perez’s son, Isai, described his father in a recent interview as a “great man.”

“My father was a great man. He was a great father, a great husband, a great friend,” he said in an interview. “He spread love and kindness. He was about fairness, he wanted to share his happiness. He meant no harm. He didn’t deserve to go like this. The person who killed my dad took away a part of me. My dad went through everything for us. He took away my father. He took away the opportunity of me being with him in his last moments and it’s heartbreaking. I hope they find the murderer soon.”

If you have any information on the shooting please call Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

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People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

Netflix has a new food show out and it has everyone buzzing. “Street Food: Latin America” is bringing everyone the sabor of Latin America to their living room. However, reviews are mixed because of Argentina and the lack of Central American representation.

Netflix has a new show and it is all about Latin American street food.

Some of the best food in the world comes from Latin America. That is just a fact and it isn’t because our families and community come for Latin America. Okay, maybe just a little. The food of Latin America comes with history and stories that have shaped our childhood. For many of us, it is the only thing we have that connects us to the lands our families have left.

The show is highlighting the contributions of women to street food.

“Street Food: Latin America” focuses mainly on the women that are leading the street food cultures in different countries in Latin America. For some of them, it was a chance to bring themselves out of poverty and care for their children. For others, it was a rebellion against the male-dominated culture of cooking in Latin America.

However, some people have some strong opinions about the show and they aren’t good.

There is a lot of attention to native communities in the Latino community culturally right now. The Argentina episode where someone claims that Argentina is more European is rubbing people the wrong way right now. While the native population of Argentina is small, it is still important to highlight and honor native communities who are indigenous to the lands.

The disregard for the indigenous community is upsetting because indigenous Argentinians are fighting for their lives and land.

An A Jazeera report focused on an indigenous community in northern Argentina who were fighting to protect their land. After decades of discrimination and humiliation, members of the Wichi community fought to protect their land from the Argentinian government grabbing it in 2017. Early this year, before Covid, children of the tribe started to die at alarming rates of malnutrition.

Another pain point in the Latino community is the complete disregard of Central America.

Central America includes Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Belize, and Panama. Central America’s exclusion is not sitting right with Netflix users with Central American heritage. Like, how can five whole countries be looked over during a Netflix show about street food in Latin America?

Seems like there is a chance for Netflix to revisit Latin America for more food content.

There are so many countries in Latin America that offer delicious foods to the world. There is more to Latin America than Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, and Bolivia.

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