Taco trucks may be the most popular of all the food trucks that ply workplaces, community events, breweries, and busy byways. They dish the ultimate street food—delicious, portable, versatile, and easy to eat.
While celebrating Cinco de Mayo this week, visit one of these Alabama taco trucks to get your fix.
When ordering tacos, start by choosing the meat you’d like. Popular options include steak, spicy sausage (chorizo), pastor (pork cooked with pineapple), chicken, carnitas (slow-simmered pork), and campechano (a mix of shredded meat and spicy sausage).
Less-familiar fillings include tongue (lengua), cheek meat (cachete), head meat (cabeza), and fried pork skin (chicharron). Try them. Don’t let any ick reflex rob you of a tasty treat.
Street-style tacos are wrapped in one or two softened corn tortillas and dressed only with onions and cilantro—no cheese, lettuce, or tomatoes. If you like, squeeze on a little lime juice, perhaps pour on house-made red or green salsa.
If tacos aren’t your thing, try a quesadilla, burrito, tostada (flat fried tortilla with toppings), or a torta sandwich. Often vendors serve snacks made from fresh corn dough (masa) like sandal-shaped huraches, round sopes, steamed tamales, and stuffed gorditos.
Don’t be confused if you notice multiple names on the vehicles. The trucks themselves are branded and they also must list the commissary kitchen where the food is made, usually a restaurant or market.
Greater Birmingham has the largest concentration of Alabama taco trucks. They seem to be everywhere—in the city, the suburbs, and adjoining counties. The Dos Hermanos trucks that set up in Homewood, downtown Birmingham, and weekends in Bessemer have such an enthusiastic cult following they have a Facebook fan page and are regularly written up in food-related publications.
Here’s our list of 10 Alabama taco trucks to try: