Tacos El Tauro parks nightly on Wilshire Blvd just off of Vermont Ave. Like many trucks in the area El Tauro has two flat screen TV’s mounted on the truck. Gone are the days off the small TV’s inside taco trucks with rabbit ears playing Mexican soap operas. Today’s taco trucks are high-tech with directv satellites mounted on the roof and flat screens to replay futbol highlights.
I was all set to review El Tauro the other night. I ordered my tacos (asada, al pastor. Suadero) and started taking photos of the truck. Then my battery went dead. The camera has it‘s own battery so I was going to have to get home, get it charged then head out again. But first I ate my tacos. Out of the three the al pastor stood out. It was real fresh ,real tender, nicely spiced. The carne asada and suadero were quite good as well but the al pastor was my favorite.
This time I ordered chorizo, al pastor, and carnitas. Your tacos come bare and you add your own onions and cilantro and have three squirt bottles of salsa to choose from (avocado, verde, roja) Again the al pastor was very good. The pork doesn’t taste like it was finished on the grill. The strips of pork have the texture that they were shaved right off the spit. The handmade tortilla makes all the difference and the spicy salsa roja, a King Taco-esque hot sauce, provides just the right finish. Other than Leo’s this may be the best Al Pastor taco I’ve had in LA. The chorizo was passable, not greasy like most chorizo, yet not the dense cubes of sausage that so many love from Tacos Por Favor in Santa Monica. The carnitas was juicy with a nice salty pork flavor and little crunchy bits of pork and went good with the avocado salsa.
With the made from scratch corn tortillas and an excellent trio of salsas any of El Tauro’s meats will make a good taco. But it’s the al pastor on top of the fresh tortillas that is worth making the trip for.
Tacos El Tauro
Vermont and Wilshire
tacos $1.25 each
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