A Mexican woman and a French woman passionate for Mexican cuisine cross Southwest France offering delicious tacos in their food truck, an itinerant food stall named La Jalapeña.
A small 1972 truck was remodeled by the two entrepreneurs and transformed into an itinerant kitchen in which they cook and sell some of the most popular and traditional Mexican tacos.
The green vehicle has the logo in Spanish “made in Mexico”, their motto in French “authentique Mexique” (Mexican authentic) and in a playful tone in Spanish “estiro la mano, encojo el codo, y este taquito me lo como con todo” (reach my arm, shrug my elbow, and eat this little taco all out).
“We propose to the French Mexican cuisine, at least we try,” said French Basque Delphine Rigaud, one of the partners that along with Mexican Julia Delgado, made La Jalapeña possible.
La Jalapeña, decorated with skulls, nopales and portraits of Frida Kahlo and Zapata among other Mexican motives, uses a Mexican board game (Lotería) as a tablecloth for its delicious menu consisting of cochinita (a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish from Yucatán ) tacos, mole (a traditional Mexican sauce that contains fruit, chili, nuts and spices) tacos, bistec (beef) tacos and even al pastor (a Mexican delicacy based on shawarma spit-grilled meat brought by the Lebanese immigrants to Mexico) tacos.
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The tacos are made of beef, chicken and pork, but a vegetarian taco made of potatoes, tomatoes and onion is also on the menu.
This summer the food truck will be located in Labenne, Southwest France, a region that has several French restaurants awarded with Michelin stars, but with not an authentic Mexican cuisine option available.