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L.A. Taco Gang Gang: These Are the Taqueros Rolling with Us to Tropicalia Fest This Year

Y’all ready to feel euphoric this weekend at Tropicalia with a belly full of our painstakingly curated tacos, a little Tigres Del Norte here, a little Cuco there, with a little Prayers mixed in for good measure? 

Our Director of Partnerships and lead Taco Pimp Memo “El Trágon” Torres has been working his damn hardest to procure only the most worthy and best tacos for our loyal readers and fellow followers of the taco lifestyle. After hitting the streets hard, these were the taqueros who answered our call for Tropicalia’s taco carnage. There is something for everyone, from Macheen’s Alta California tacos to Evil Cook’s jet-black goth trompo to some good ol’ ribsticking pupusitas to even a couple of taqueros like El Rey who will be bringing tacos de canasta! Perhaps the hardest to find type of tacos in Southern California.

Come voracious this Saturday and Sunday cuz there will be tacos!

Tacos de Canasta from El Rey.

Here is our complete list. 

Balam - A taqueria in Lynwood, this cool spot in the ‘hood specializes in new-school tacos with old school sensibilities.

Macheen - Jonathan Perez’s fine-dining-on-a-tortilla approach to tacos have made him one of the most unique and ambitious pop-up taqueros out there. 

Masataco - A Whittier-based pop-up taqueria that is proof that vegan tacos don’t have to suck.

Evil Cooks - Newcomers to L.A.’s taco scene, Alex Garcia and his partner Elvia Huerta have carved a name for themselves with their custom-stamped handmade tortillas and vegan trompo

Tobala - Tobala is chef Manuel Bañuelos’s catering company. He’s the chef for Padre and Mezcalero. 

Tha Grub Plug - Tha Grub Plug specializes in “Californian street food.” Look out for their Elote Fries to help soothe your beer munchies.

Rasta Taco - Rasta Taco is based in Orange County and celebrates its founders love for the passionate cultures and flavors of Jamaica and Mexico. You heard it here first: Jamaican Tacos!

Teddys Red Tacos - Teddy is the Grandfather of L.A.’s obsession with beef birria. His grilled beef birria tacos are always juicy. 

Triple Threat - Triple Threat calls themselves “L.A.’s Only Boricua Food Truck.” Look for them if you’re craving that Latino Caribbean flavor like mofongo and plantains. 

Vchos - Vchos and their street-famous pupusas along with other Salvadoran specialties will be in the house. 

El Rey Basket Tacos - El Rey will be bringing their tacos de canasta! Probably one of the most sought after taco styles after the episode based on them on The Taco Chronicles.

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