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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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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’

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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.

READ: This Iconic Mexican Food Won The Twitter Battle To Be Named Latin America’s Best Street Food

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This Iconic Mexican Food Won The Twitter Battle To Be Named Latin America’s Best Street Food

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This Iconic Mexican Food Won The Twitter Battle To Be Named Latin America’s Best Street Food

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Let’s face it: our community knows how to do street food like no other place on Earth. From the humble Mexican taco to Argentina’s choripan and Peru’s world-famous ceviche, Latin America is a street food lover’s paradise.

So it’s no surprise that Netflix launched an entire show about our comida callejera called Street Food: LatinoAmerica. The series focuses on street food staples from around Latin America and in order to find out which street food reigns supreme, Netflix launched an online campaign to declare a winner.

In an online tournament organized by Netflix to decide the best street food in Latin America, thousands of users voted for Oaxaca’s tlayuda.

If you had to pick your favorite street food, what would it be? Could you even pick just one? Well, that’s exactly what Netflix forced people to do with a new poll to determine the best street food in Latin America, and the competition was tough. But in the end, with 46.6% of the votes, the tlayuda, that giant tortilla served with a seat of beans, tasajo (beef jerky), chorizo, chapulines, and quesillo, won the Street Food Latin America championship.

The contest was part of a promotional campaign coinciding with the July 21 launch of the Netflix series Street Food: Latin America, which takes viewers on a gastronomical tour of six countries, exploring their cultures through traditional dishes.

The tlayuda went up against choripán (Buenos Aires, Argentina), acarajé (Salvador, Brazil), ajiaco (Bogotá, Colombia), ceviche (Lima, Peru), and rellenas de papa (La Paz, Bolivia). Conspicuously missing from the list were tacos, elote, quesadillas, plátanos fritos, pupusas, and so much more.

Several major figures joined in on the campaign to ensure Mexico’s win with the tlayuda.

The competition was heated and not one country was taking any chances. In fact, the Mexican government’s official Twitter weighed in on the contest, urging its citizens to vote in the poll. Also, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico took to Twitter urging his followers to vote for the tlayuda.

Mexico is known to celebrate big wins with big parties, and some nearly expected a crowd of revelers to form at Mexico City’s famed El Angel statue, where many big celebrations are held. Though thanks to social distancing, that didn’t happen this time.

Not everyone was happy with tlayuda taking the top spot – including some very angry Peruvians.

Mexico’s tlayuda beat Peru’s ceviche fair and square: with 46.6% of the vote vs. Peru’s 45.8%. It was a close race to be sure, but the tlayuda won. And it deserved it if you ask me. However, many took to social media to express their outrage at the results.

In fact, Peruvians helped get Amazon Prime to trend on Peruvian Twitter when they decried their followers to cancel their Netflix subscription and instead sign up for Amazon Prime, as a sort of revenge against the network.

For those of you not familiar, what exactly is a tlayuda?

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Mexico’s famed tlayuda is most popular in the state of Oaxaca, where it’s said to have originated. But you can find it on the streets in any major Mexican city (as well as cities in the U.S. with large Mexican communities) as well as in upscale restaurants giving the dish a twist.

But what makes the tlayuda so special? Chef and culinary historian Rodrigo Llanes told the newspaper El País that the tlayuda is a bridge between pre-Hispanic and European culture, calling it a “magical” culinary creation.

“I do not disqualify the other candidates, but I maintain my preference for the Oaxacan entry for its historical tradition that does justice to native peoples, for its flavor that is emblematic of mestizo cooking, and for its size, which makes it a dish to share,” he said. 

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