My sister was describing her lunch at Taco Maria and I thought… wow, this is someone (other than me) describing a food truck?   

People who have never tried a gourmet food truck think they are ordinary food trucks serving greasy tacos or hamburgers.  They do not realize that today’s gourmet trucks bring quality, restaurant style food at affordable prices to the masses.  Sure, taco trucks are dime a dozen in Southern California… but adding that extra something makes a truck like Taco Maria shine!

I don’t normally get very excited about tacos. Don’t get me wrong, I do like tacos, but I can’t say my heart would race upon thinking of eating one. That is, until I had a Taco Maria taco.

The aracherra taco included generous cubes of grilled marinated hangar steak with caramelized onion, bacon and charred shishito pepper on top. Before you even take a bite, you had to stop and admire it like a work of art.  The hangar steak was so tender and juicy, it took no effort at all to eat. The shishito peppers brought just the right amount of spiciness. I have no idea what went in to creating such an addicting sauce. Whatever it was, I wanted more.

In addition, I ordered the mole de pollo taco, a chicken thigh taco stewed with chocolate, chile and figs and topped with toasted almonds, a little cheese and onions. I normally pass on chicken tacos (pork and beef always take preference), but this one certainly held my attention. I liked how the toasted almonds brought a little crunch factor to each bite.

Similar to the arancherra taco, the mole de pollo taco also had so many interesting flavors with each bite. There was a sweetness to the sauce from the chocolate that was just enough to detect, but not too much to think it should be a dessert. The chicken was moist and tender, making it way too easy to eat. Before I knew it, my food was gone. I wanted more.

The aracherra (beef) taco

mole de pollo (chicken) taco

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