Antojitos Mexicanos “Estelita” at the Mercado Latino

Antojitos Mexicanos “Estelita” in the Mercado Latino in Des Moines, Iowa.

This is a stall at the Mercado Latino held every Sunday in an event center across the street from Southridge Mall

Tlacotos de Frijol from Antojitos Mexicanos "Estelita" in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 900 E Army Post Rd on Sundays.

Open Since: Late 2020/

Online at: facebook page is HERE.

Quesadilla from Antojitos Mexicanos "Estelita" in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: Tlacoyos de Frijol made from beans ground up, homemade tortillas and gorditas with fillings and toppings.

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Antojitos Mexicanos "Estelita" in Des Moines, Iowa

Taqueria Los Pericos on University Ave.

Taqueria Los Pericos Taco Truck in Des Moines Iowa.

The giant green school bus converted into a taco truck now has its third operator and is serving on a corner that has hosted several trucks over the years.

Chile Relleno Tacos Taqueria Los Pericos Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Location:1306 University Ave behind the chain link fence.

Open Since: Early 2022

Al Pastor Tacos Taqueria Los Pericos Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: They have a couple unique items like Chile Relleno tacos, Mexican hot dogs and burgers.

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Taqueria Los Pericos Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Mini Super La Victoria on E University

Supermercado La Victoria in Des Moines, Iowa

I had passed by this tiny grocery store plenty of times without realizing that they served prepared food.

Pork in Green Salsa Supermercado La Victoria in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 1638 E University Ave.

Online at: facebook page is HERE.

Open Since: they have been here at least two years.

Huevos en Salsa Eggs with Salsa from Supermercado La Victoria in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: Their prepared food is served by the pound with optional rice and beans. Dishes vary by day but may include menudo, birria, carnitas, or chile rellenos.

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Mini Super La Victoria in Des Moines, Iowa

Maria Bonita on SE 14th St

Maria Bonita Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

This truck has been parked in a used car lot on SE 14th St for a while. I only recently noticed they were serving food.

Al Pastor Plate from Maria Bonita Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 2102 SE 14th in the used car lot.

Open Since: Fall 2021, but maybe earlier.

Online at: I couldn’t find any social media profiles.

Chicharron en Salsa Verde Plate Maria Bonita Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: plates with the meats paired with beans and rice, they also have tacos dorados.

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Maria Bonita Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Fantasty Tacos on E. Army Post Rd

Fantasty Tacos Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

This truck is in the parking lot of the event center where the Mexican flea market is held on weekends. They operate on weekdays.

Location: 900 E. Army Post Road in front of the South Des Moines Event Center.

Tacos Houston from Fantasty Tacos in Des Moines, Iowa

Online at: Facebook page is HERE.

Open Since: early 2021

Al Pastor Tacos from Fantasty Tacos in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: They have huaraches and elotes in addition to the tacos.

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Fantasty Tacos in Des Moines, Iowa

Los Jijos Del Maiz on SE 14th St.

Los Jijos Del Maiz Tacos Y Mas Truck on SE 14th St in Des Moines, IA

Los Jijos Del Maiz opened recently next to Donna’s Garage Bar before moving a couple blocks north to their current location. Their menu and social media pages heavily feature the “trompo” or spinning cone of pork meat.

Al Pastor Tacos Los Jijos Del Maiz Tacos Y Mas in Des Moines, Iowa

Open Since: Summer 2021.

Location: 4200 SE 14th St in Des Moines, Iowa

Elote Doritos from Los Jijos Del Maiz Tacos Y Mas in Des Moines, Iowa

Online at: Facebook page is HERE.

Specialties: The trompo makes Al Pastor pork, they also have elotes or corn on the cob rolled in Cheetos or Doritos flakes.

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Los Jijos Del Maiz Tacos Y Mas in Des Moines, Iowa

La Ceibita 504 on E. University

La Ceibita 504 Honduran Food Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

After two Honduran restaurants opened in the past few years, La Ceibita is the first Honduran food truck in Des Moines.

Baleadas Preparadas from La Ceibita 504 in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 1514 E University Ave.

Previous Location: they previously served food at 1401 Fremont St at the corner to E 14th St.

Open since: Summer 2021

Carne Molida con Tajadas from La Ceibita 504 in Des Moines, Iowa

Online at: I couldn’t find any profiles.

Specialties: Baleadas like tacos on fresh flatbread, pastelitos, and beef or chicken served with sliced plantains called “tajadas”.

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La Ceibita 504 in Des Moines, Iowa

Giliberto’s Mexican Taco Shop in Altoona

Giliberto’s Mexican Taco Shop #9 in Altoona Iowa

This taqueria is part of a chain with locations in Minnesota and other states.

Chimichanga plate from Giliberto's Taco Shop #9 in Altoona Iowa

Location: 400 34th Ave SW in Altoona, across the street from Adventureland.

Open Since: late 2019.

Fried Tacos from Giliberto's Taco Shop #9 in Altoona Iowa

Online at: facebook page is HERE.

Specialties: the menu is similar to other taquerias in the area, with the addition of sopes, gorditas, and some seafood options.

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Carnitas Super Fries Giliberto

El Vicentino on 2nd Ave.

El Vicentino Salvadoran Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

This pupusa place took over a location with many former tenants. It was previously El Salvadoreno before they moved north.

Pupusas from El Vicentino Salvadoran Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 2728 2nd Ave next to a brick warehouse.

Open Since: Early 2021

Salvadoran Breakfast from El Vicentino Salvadoran Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Online at: I couldn’t find any social media sites.

Specialties: pupusas, breakfasts, Salvadoran entrees and daily specials.

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El Vicentino Salvadoran Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

El Taco Guapo on Douglas Ave.

El Taco Guapo Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 3715 Douglas Ave in the parking lot of a laundromat.

Gorditas from El Taco Guapo in Des Moines, Iowa

Open Since: Spring 2021.

Online at: Facebook page is HERE.

Floutas from El Taco Guapo in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: they serve fried gorditas, and floutas in a cup.

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El Taco Guapo in Des Moines, Iowa