There’s practically one on every corner. No, not Starbucks! This is LA, so it must be taco trucks.
Fast, cheap, and delicious, tacos from a truck have found a permanent place in the hearts of Los Angeles’ population. Whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite on your lunch hour or yearning for an adventurous late night snack, taco trucks have quickly become part of the LA lifestyle. So, here’s a list of the 10 best taco trucks in Los Angeles.
1. Tacos Los Guichos
Tacos Los Guichos is a long-standing taco truck known for its al pastor, the thinly-sliced seasoned pork shoulder. The trick to making Tacos Los Guichos’ pork so heavenly good is in the preparation; slow-cooked in a stainless steel vat, with a subtle blend of spices, until it’s so tender it falls off the bone. The al pastor is served only on the weekends and is so popular Tacos Los Guichos has taken to selling it by the pound (kilogram) to keep taco addicts satisfied. But, Tacos Los Guichos isn’t all about the al pastor. On most weeknights, Tacos Los Guichos is cooking well-seasoned carne asada and cuts of crimson red chorizo.
Tacos Los Guichos
Address: 320 W Slauson Ave, 90003 Los Angeles, California
Facebook page: Tacos Los Guichos
2. Tacos El Korita
Spot a brightly colored purple truck in East LA and you’ve found Tacos El Korita. Armed with a tortilla press and a pile of raw masa in the truck, Tacos El Korita is ready to make the freshest tortillas for your tacos. The al pastor is cut from a spit and is heavily seasoned, and the juice of Tacos El Korita’s carne asada soaks nicely into the tortilla it occupies. The red sauce is light, very flavorful, and packs plenty of heat. If you want a milder sauce the salsa verde is a wonderful smoky mix of tomatillo, garlic, and mild chile.
Tacos El Korita
Address: Corner of S. Herbert and E. Olympic Blvd. in East LA
Contact: +1 323 620 0524
3. Oaxaca On Wheels
` In business since 2014, Oaxaca On Wheels is somewhat of a newbie to the LA taco truck scene. But it has made a distinct impression offering delicious tacos, as well as burritos, quesadillas and a lot more. The Oaxacan-style tacos are unique and flavorful, served in humongous homemade tortillas, with either steamed pork head or thinly sliced beef and slathered with black beans, avocado, salsa, and cabbage.
Oaxaca On Wheels
Address: 5257 Washington Blvd, 90016 Los Angeles, California
Contact: +1 323 805 3028
Facebook page: Oaxaca On Wheels
4. Late night taco craving? Head to Taco Tamix
You’ll know from the giant spit that al pastor is king at Taco Tamix. Found in a car wash parking lot in central Los Angeles, Taco Tamix offers a carnitas street taco that is overflowing, literally, with juicy, tender chunks of nicely seasoned pork and served, surprisingly, with chunks of pineapple that really kick the sweet and savory flavor-level up several notches! Open until 2 a.m., Tacos Tamix is a great place to quell any late night cravings.
Address: 1940 S Hoover Street, 90007 Los Angeles, California
Website: Taco Tamix
5. The salsa reigns supreme at Taco Zone
Located behind a supermarket on North Alvarado Street and Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, Taco Zone’s truck should be easy to spot. Littered with indie band stickers, it’s an obvious sign Taco Zone attracts a mostly hip, millennial crowd. The tacos are bare bones, but so flavorful. Meat, tortilla and the salsas on hand are all you need for a satisfying experience at Taco Zone.
Address: 1342 N Alvarado St, 90026 Los Angeles, California
Facebook page: Taco Zone
6. Marisco Jalisco
Marisco Jalisco is a taco truck dedicated to making all seafood dishes. The menu offers fresh ceviche, oysters, tostadas, and shrimp cocktails. But the item that put Marisco Jalisco on the map is their outstanding tacos dorados de camaron. Savory shrimp blended with vegetables and spices is stuffed in a corn tortilla that is then fried and topped with slices of avocado and slathered with red salsa.
Address: 3040 E. Olympic Blvd., East LA
Contact: +1 323 528 6701
Facebook page: Marisco Jalisco
7. Tacos La Estrella
If you crave carne asada, Tacos La Estrella is the place to head. Situated in the Highland Park neighborhood, referred to as “Taco Town,” Tacos La Estrella serves their carne asada thick, with salsa verde and chopped white onions and cilantro. It’s this salty and zesty mix that has kept Tacos La Estrella on the taco truck landscape in LA for many years. Grab one or two and discover what the residents of Highland Park already know.
Tacos La Estrella
Address: 1871 Colorado Blvd., 90041 Los Angeles
Contact: +1 323 258 5256
8. No-guilt tacos at Guerilla Tacos!
Guerilla Tacos offers fresh, local California ingredients and slaps them on tortillas, usually in unbelievably delicious combinations. The roasted sweet potato taco with almond chile, fried corn nuts, and feta cheese is a must when it’s available. The menu is ever-changing; reflecting the fact that Guerilla Tacos holds firm to its strictly fresh ingredients by only making what they can get their hands on at the market that day.
Address: various locations daily, check website under ‘Find Us.’
Website: Guerilla Tacos
9. Limitless choices at Tacos Quetzalcoatl
Tacos Quetzalcoatl’s menu is a nice variety beyond the usual pork and beef taco fare. Popular items are the lamb barbacoa, shredded and slow-smoked with the leaves from an agave plant that provides a great smoky heat, and huaraches, an oval-shaped fried corn tortilla filled with either beef or tongue and the usual taco toppings. Non-meat eaters are not forgotten at Taco Quetzalcoatl. There’s a “taco Omega 2” stuffed with cheese, spinach, mushrooms and other available veggies, like corn or squash.
Address: South of East Olympic Boulevard, west of Kern Avenue, approximately 4728 E Olympic Blvd, in front of Janitzio Meat and Produce
Contact: +1 323 392 4444
10. Carnitas El Momo
When you walk up to the spot to order some 🔥 carnitas and they hit you with off menu barbacoa tacos 🔥 #tbtacothursdayPosted by Martin Franco on Thursday, 20 April 2017
A family-run business, Carnitas El Momo specializes in slow-simmering cuts of pork, from snout to tail. Using large, traditional copper pots, the carnitas comes out beyond tender and juicy. Carnitas El Momo’s meat is piled high on two tortillas and adorned with generous bits of chopped white onion and cilantro. With a splash of Carnitas El Momo’s fiery red salsa; be warned, it will incinerate your taste buds, you’re then good to go.
Carnitas El Momo
Address: 2411 Fairmount St, 90033 Los Angeles, California
Contact: +1 323 627 8540
Something for every taco taste!
Surely your mouth is watering by now. So what are you waiting for? There’s a vast number of choices to be found on just about any LA taco truck menu.