By now, anyone who likes tacos and lives in Los Angeles has heard of these guys. They’ve been slinging LA’s best carne asada tacos for a couple years now in downtown LA at the corner of Beaudry and 1st. The secret? Better quality meat, better salsas, and a fresh off the grill taste wrapped in a fresh tortilla.
Tacos are $2 each and come loaded with meat (carne asada, pollo,chorizo), The carne asada is diezmillo, a better cut of meat than ranchera, which is the cut you will find at most LA taco stands. The salsas are all very good. Try the habanero and tomato salsa or the chipotle salsa. They also have a pico de gallo and a guacamole salsa for baja purists.
carne asada and chorizo
I started with two tacos(carne asada and chorizo) and garnished them from the salsa molcajetes. The chorizo was paired with the habanero salsa, the asada the milder chipotle salsa. Both were excellent, the heat from the habanero made my forehead sweat a little. The carne asada was full of flavor and had that fire grilled taste. After finished the first two tacos I ordered two more carne asada, this time applying the habanero to both as well as the delicious red onion mixture. I’m not sure the red onions are meant to be rolled up into the tacos but the flavor combination was really working for me. The heat from the salsa and the onions combined with the fire-grilled flavor of the meat had me wondering if I’ll ever go back to taco trucking again.
I was too stuffed to try Mexicali’s other creations. There is the vampiro, a hybrid taco-quesadilla stuffed with meat, cheese, and chipotle salsa. The cacheteda, a flat taco with a crunchy tortilla topped with meat and salsa, and the zuperman; two tortillas that sandwich in all three meats with cheese and salsas.
Mexicali Taco Co sets up Wednesday through Saturday 8:30pm until the meat runs out. On my first two attempts to try Mexicali and Co they had run out of meat but this time I was early and made sure I wouldn’t miss out again on LA’s best pop-up taco stand.
W 1st St & N Beaudry Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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