TACO TERMS

Hola, to make your Taco Truck Trek easier, we linked a list of terms to help you order the tacos and treats you want. We encourage you to try at least one new item on each trip. We also ask you to learn three phrases in Spanish: Hola – Hello; Por Favor – Please; and Gracias – Thank You.

MEATS

ADOBADA = marinated pork

BARBACOA = Shredded Beef

BIRRIA/CHIVO = Goat

BUCHE = Pig Stomach

CABEZA = Cow Head

CAMPECHANO = mix of beef and pork

CARNE ASADA = Roasted Beef

CARNITAS = Roasted Pork

CECINA = Beef Jerky

CHICHARRÓN = Fried Pork Rinds

CHORIZO = Sausage

JAMON = Ham

LENGUA = Beef Tongue

LONGANIZA = sausage like chorizo

MILANESA = Breaded Beef or chicken

(Al) PASTOR = (Shepherd Style) Pork on a Spit

PIERNA = Pork Shank

POLLO = chicken

PUERCO = pork

SUADERA = Beef Brisket

TINGA = chicken stewed with peppers and onions

TRIPA = Tripe: Parts and Intestines

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TACOS
– MEXICAN style with cilantro and lime; frequently radishes on the side
– AMERICAN style with lettuce, cheese and sour cream

ASADERO

BIRRIA DE CHIVO = (Translated: Birria = a mess) Goat Stew

CEVICHE

CHALUPAS

ELOTES

ESQUITES = (corn, cheese, mayonnaise)

GORDITAS

GRINGAS

HUARACHES

HUEVOS RANCHEROS

MIGADAS

MOLOTES

MULITAS = (“little mule”) meat served between two tortillas with melted Oaxaca style cheese, all grilled together.

PAMBAZO

PUPUSA (or POPUSA)

QUESADILLA

SINCRONIZADA

SOPA = Soup

SOPE

TAMALES

TLAYUDA

TORTA

TOSTADA

BEVERAGES

AGUA FRESCAS

ATOLE

HORCHATA

JARRITOS

MEXICAN COKE

REFRESCO DE LATA = (cans of soda)

SIDRAL  MUNDET

7 responses to “TACO TERMS

  1. Chucky C

    How can I be notified of your next group tor? I and some friends would love to go {and eat}

    • tacodrew

      Chucky C – The best way to keep up on the latest events is to watch this blog. We’ll post it here as soon as it’s announced. You can subscribe to an RSS feed which should make monitoring this site easier.

  2. C

    buche is not stomach, but the throat part.
    pupusa’s are never referred to as “POPUSA” perhaps in Cbus but not in El Salvador or other areas with a large salvadorean population . Cabeza tacos also includes some Brains of the cow

    • tacodrew

      Buche – depends on who you’re talking to. Stomach, throat muscle, and apparently even the craw of the cow are all called buche, there seems to be a lot of regional variation. The operators of the trucks we’ve talked to around here translate it as stomach when explaining it to us. From what we’ve read, this is typical in LA as well.

      Our experiences with and writings about pupusas are solely related to Columbus area vendors (and for readers of this Columbus area blog), so if someone of Salvadorean background calls them ‘popusas’ here, who are we to judge? Interestingly, when you google ‘popusa’ there are plenty of places where that spelling comes up on spanish language web pages. It is perhaps not the dominant spelling, but never say never, eh?

      Regarding cabeza – I have no doubt that the preparation you describe is a variation that exists, but I don’t believe that that’s necessarily the only preparation.

      With that said, your post does make a useful point. The definitions we’ve provided should be regarded as a general primer/guide and not as definitive. We generally encourage people to try new things first and ask about them later, but if you need to know exactly what you’re getting, you’ll only know for sure if you ask the people preparing the food.

  3. Great way to get started with Taco Trucks!

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  5. stanley e hatfield

    i was just looking at your site when trying to find out about the truck at barnett rd & main had tryed the food have been back manny times the people are nice & food is very good they have got to know us its right down our street we walk there was glad to see your review

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