Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month With NYC’s Best Latin Food Trucks
Since 1988, America has formally recognized “National Hispanic Heritage Month.” Originally celebrated to mark the anniversaries of independence for several Latin American countries, today National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the culture and contributions made by the Hispanic community with festivities in the U.S., Latin and Central America, and on into Mexico.
According to the American Community Survey, nearly 2.3 million Hispanic or Latino Americans currently reside in New York City. And, their culture and cuisine have left an indelible mark on the city’s storied social landscape.
As part of the over 12,000 food vendors across New York, let’s take a look at NYC’s best Latin food trucks.
EL TORO ROJO: SIMPLY AUTHENTIC
Serving deceptively no-frills Mexican cuisine, El Toro Rojo packs their tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos with bold flavors that pack a punch.
A family affair, El Toro Rojo is owned-and-operated by Dennis Apreza, his father Gabriel and sister Jocelyn. Together, they turned their passion for cooking into a family business by recreating authentic Oaxacan flavor in New York City.
With its signature black and red truck, El Toro Rojo has become a perennial favorite among Columbia University’s food truck scene. Along with their homemade seasoning, marinades, and salsas, El Toro Rojo’s menu features a selection of traditional dishes like their tacos, prepared with soft Nixtamal corn tortillas and burritos filled with Oaxaca cheese and homemade guacamole, making this food truck a hit with Columbia’s students and area locals, alike.
Customers can always count on El Toro Rojo food truck for simple, yet high-quality, fresh, and authentic Mexican cuisine.
DISCO TACOS: FRESH BEATS AND GOURMET EATS
What’s better than a couple of gourmet tacos and an icy margarita, paired with great tunes that’ll get your guests dancing the Jarabe Tapatío? With great food, drinks, and music Disco Tacos is always ready to party.
Founded by Mac Osborne, also the co-owner of Colonia Verde and Comparti Catering in New York City, Disco Tacos’ one-of-a-kind truck was built by friends in Kentucky from a renovated horse trailer.
Disco Tacos is taking its cuisine to the next level with options like “The Diana Ross” (made with duck confit and tomatillo salsa), “The Donna Summer” (featuring spicy braised lamb and cordero al guajillo salsa), and more. Plus, if you have a sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied you can’t go wrong with Disco Tacos’ homemade churros.
From weddings to birthdays, and everything in between, “shake your groove thing” with Disco Tacos and “get down tonight” with the perfect food truck to spice up your next event.
LATUSION: PERUVIAN CUISINE WITH A COLORFUL TWIST
Chef Fabian Marquez spent over a decade working at high-end restaurants across New York, but childhood memories of watching his great-grandmother and grandmother and cooking in the family kitchen inspired him to launch Latusion with a mission to put Peruvian food, with his signature twist, on the culinary map.
Today, Marquez’s food truck is Westchester’s premier destination for the best Peruvian cuisine you simply can’t get anywhere else. Home of the “Lomo Fries” and “Lomo Burger,” empanadas, ceviches, salchipapa, and more, Latusion blends traditional Latin cuisine with Chef Marquez’s personal touch.
With their famous sauces like crema de rocoto, huancaina, aji verde, and olive aioli, every bite of one of Latusion’s delicious creations is always packed with flavors that’ll satisfy any palette.
If you want to give your family and friends a taste of Cuba and Peru, there’s no need to leave home when you can let Latusion take you there.
TRAVELING ACROSS LATIN AMERICA WITH LOS VIAJEROS
With it’s “can’t miss” bright fuschia food truck (featuring a hand-painted mural of iconic singer/dancer Carmen Miranda) and some of the best Latin-fusion cuisine in NYC, Los Viajeros (Spanish for “the travelers”) specializes in burritos, quesadillas, and tacos made with the freshest and finest ingredients.
Started by Caitlyn and Carlos Napolitano, Los Viajeros has taken the culinary world by storm, with features in The New York Times and Caitlyn reigning supreme as a Food Network “Chopped” champion in 2017.
From their Cuban-style stewed brisket and homemade salsas, to ropa vieja tacos and “El Jefe” burrito, Caitlyn and Carlos celebrate their travels across the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Mexico through Los Viajeros colorful and vibrant cuisine.
PUTTING EMPANADAS ON THE MAP AT NUCHAS
Born in Argentina, Ariel Barbouth spent most of his life in the U.S., but a visit to his native country reignited his love and passion for Argentinian food; specifically “empanadas,” the perfectly portable anytime snack beloved throughout Latin America.
And thus, Nuchas was born. With his wife Leni, Ariel has made it his goal to bring cultures together through his homemade empanadas, filled with a variety of ingredients from cuisines around the world.
Specializing in flavors like, braised short-rib, shrimp jambalaya, and vegan shiitake curry, Nuchas on-the-go, five-star meals have become a New York staple. And, with rave reviews from the likes of “Shark Tank” and two Vendy Awards under its belt, Nuchas is sure to be the champ of your next event with big taste in the palm of your hand.
LIFE’S A BEACH AT SANTO CEVICHE
If you’re looking for Latin delicacies that are both healthy and fresh, look no further than Santo Ceviche. Created by brother-and-sister team Artie and Diana, they’re sharing their love for South American culture by serving food that’s “Fresh and Hip” to hungry customers every day.
Whether you’re hungry for fish tacos made with homemade sauces, grilled shrimp, their signature ceviches, or their tuna tartare sandwich, served between two fried green plantains, Santo Ceviche serves authentic dishes made from the freshest ingredients.
With good food that makes you feel good (most fish are low in fat, high in protein, and filled with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, Santo Ceviche puts a premium on high-quality, homemade Latin and South American cuisine making their delicious seafood the perfect catering partner for any outdoor event.
CELEBRATE NATIONAL HISPANIC MONTH WITH NYC’S BEST LATIN FOOD TRUCKS
With so many amazing food trucks offering an eclectic variety of Latin, South, and Central American cuisine there’s no shortage of ways to expand your horizon and see the world without leaving home.
So, whether you’re in the mood for tacos and burritos, or empanadas and ceviche, NYC has the best Latin food trucks anywhere in the world serving up delicious dishes that are perfectly suited to satisfy and impress any crowd, any size.
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