Breakfast tacos with chicken sausage (left) and bacon (right)
Over the past seven years, I’ve found the Tacos La Mezcla food truck at different locations: parked outside of breweries and bars, slinging tacos at Balboa Park events, and for a while there doing regular business in a vacant grass lot in South Park. More recently, owner Francisco Moreno took his business indoors, first into the kitchen of South Park Brewing, then to North Park bar Twisted Taps.
The occasions changed, and so did my orders. Early on, I went after La Mezcla’s fusion tacos, such as the Korean Asada beef and Jamaican jerk chicken. Later, I came to crave its distinctive takes, including sumptuous carnitas and lamb barbacoa.
What remained consistent was that I was always eating these tacos for lunch and dinner. But this summer, La Mezcla started serving something different: breakfast.
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Since the pandemic economy blew up La Mezcla’s weekly food truck schedule and forced Moreno out of its Twisted Taps location, the truck has been parking regularly at the Blvd Court (2104 El Cajon Boulevard, North Park). The court is a parking lot converted to a community gathering space, which has painted asphalt and a wood dining deck. The truck parks there from lunch til dinner six days a week, and on Sunday mornings it starts serving at 10 am.
That’s where the breakfast tacos come in.
The Tacos La Mezcla food truck parks daily in North Park's Blvd Court
Thanks to the prevalence of breakfast burritos, we all understand that adding eggs inside a tortilla turns it into breakfast dish. But only rarely do we see it done on corn tortillas. I’m happy to report that, like most of La Mezcla’s work, these are not dainty tacos ($4).
Before they’re stuffed with scrambled eggs, they get the griddled cheese treatment, where a blend of cheeses are grilled crispy against the tortilla. Next goes a layer of potatoes, hash browns, likewise grilled to add crunch. They’re finished with sour cream, green onions, an avocado and tomatillo salsa, and your choice of protein: bacon, soyrizo, or chicken sausage.
These ingredients would make a killer breakfast burrito for sure, but that masa coming through from the corn tortilla absolutely sold me on the taco format. It combines the best parts of a breakfast diner with the best parts of Mexican food. And like all food truck fare, yes, it’s best eaten outdoors.