El Taco Peton I

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5925 Karl Road (just north of 161)
Monday-Saturday 9-9, Sunday 9-6

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There are now two El Peton taco trucks. The main (larger) truck is located on Karl Road just North of 161 and is open daily. The smaller truck on 161 is open on weekends only.

The menu is much the same at both trucks and to our previous post, but the Karl Road location has more Sunday specials: menudo, tamales, goat barbacoa and goat consume. Consume is a meaty soup made with the cooking liquid from the barbacoa and served with finely chopped onions and cilantro. It’s a great accompaniment to the barbacoa tacos. If you want the tamales you’ll need to get there early as they usually sell out.

El Peton has a broad menu with traditional taco truck offerings (tacos, quesadillas, tortas) but also some more unusual dishes:

  • Chalupas  -  a taco with mashed potato and onion and topped with lettuce and shredded chicken.
  • Huraches – a large masa base (sandal shaped and sized) topped with beans, meat, lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream
  • Pambazo – a sandwich containing a fried potato and chorizo mixture, lettuce, cheese and sour cream. (served here with shredded chicken as well)
  • Sinchronizada – is like a quesadilla but it is made with two flour tortillas instead of one folded one and it usually contains ham.
  • Pupusa – popular Central American stuffed corn cake usually filled with cheese, beans, meat or a mixture of the three.

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Previous post from 11/07/11

El Taco Peton is the newest truck on the NE side of town. Parked in the lot of La Cabana lounge it’s open late at the weekends. This truck is the former Pupuseria Salvadorena and is maintaining the same location, so it is appropriate that they still serve pupusas as well as some standard taco truck fare.

el taco peton

These were the thickest pupusas we’ve ever had but they were well cooked and had a nice crunch to them. We visited El Taco Peton on a cold wet rainy evening – so apologies for the menu photo.

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The most interesting thing on the menu was the chalupas, something we haven’t seen on any other taco truck menus in Columbus (yes, we know – Taco Bell has something with the same name). The version of chalupa here was different than what we expected – a taco with mashed potato and onion and topped with lettuce and shredded chicken. I liked it but I’m a sucker for mashed potato. The chalupa is pictured below with a couple of tacos (al pastor and asada).

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One of the other more unusual dishes was the pambaso (pambazo) – a torta where the bread is dipped in a red guajillo pepper sauce and the filling is potato and chorizo. We didn’t think that it was quite as good as Don Pedro’s – our favorite pambazo in town – but it’s still a satisfying sandwich.

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3 responses to “El Taco Peton I

  1. annie kasper

    I am looking for a taco truck for a party please call. Annie Kasper XXX 282 6XXX

    TTC Reply: Hello – we will answer this question off line. Right now Juniors does rent out their truck. Taco Nazo and Los Guachos do catering. Otherwise we suggest checking our FAQ link or contacting the truck you are interested in directly. We also suggest not making your phone number public.

  2. Roman Marinov

    this is the best taco truck in Columbus you have to try the Barbacoa de Borrego

  3. Dan W

    La Cabana appears to be permanently closed, but I don’t have any details. El Taco Peton is now in the parking lot adjacent to the Cabana location. Call ahead for their yummy pupusas! (The 614-537-1311 number listed above is correct)

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