Los Cuates on East University

Los Cuates Pupusería & Taqueria in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 2900 East University beside the car lot.

Pupusas Los Cuates Pupusería & Taqueria in Des Moines, Iowa

Online at: facebook page is HERE

Open Since: Spring 2022.

Cabeza Tacos Los Cuates Pupusería & Taqueria in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: Pupusas and tacos.

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Los Cuates Pupusería & Taqueria in Des Moines, Iowa

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Gorditas Mi Torreón on E University

Gorditas Mi Torreón Gordita truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Gorditas Mi Torreón has a menu that reads Estilo Comarca Lagunera, a reference to a region in Northern Mexico. The gorditas here are “de harina”, made of flour instead of the corn massa.

Gorditas from Gorditas Mi Torreón in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 2427 E University Ave, next to a pawn shop.

Open Since: I first saw them in Summer of 2022.

Online at: no profiles found.

Gorditas from Gorditas Mi Torreón in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: gorditas made from white flour, they have a different texture. The fillings range from plain beans and cheese to pork or steak cooked in salsa that will push spicy food fans to their limit.

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Menu Gorditas Mi Torreón in Des Moines, Iowa

La Favorita Tienda Mexicana on E Grand

La Favorita is a Mexican Grocery Store that serves food in a side room in Des Moines, Iowa.

The menu is written on a poster by the checkout counter, sometimes you have to order from the meat counter in the back.

Chilaquiles Rojos La Favorita Tienda Mexicana in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 1700 E Grand Ave. in Des Moines

Online at: facebook page is HERE.

Huevos Mexicana La Favorita Tienda Mexicana in Des Moines, Iowa

Open Since: Celebrating 15 years of service this year.

Specialties: Tacos, tortas, breakfast plates and pozole on weekends.

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La Favorita Tienda Mexicana in Des Moines, Iowa

El Chero Restaurante on Hubbell Ave.

El Chero Honduran and Salvadoran Food in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 1832 E Hubbell Ave. in Des Moines

Breakfast El Chero Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Online at: web page is HERE

Open Since: Early 2022.

Chuleta Pork Chop from El Chero Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: They serve both Honduran and Salvadoran specialties like pupusas, baleadas, meats on platters with tajadas, and breakfasts.

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Baleadas from El Chero Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Uchu Peruvian Restaurant on E Grand

Uchu Peruvian Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Peruvian chicken and fries from Uchu Peruvian Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 1704 E Grand Ave

Chicken Stir Fry Tallarin Saltado from Uchu Peruvian Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Online at: Facebook page is HERE . Website is HERE.

Open Since: Early 2022.

Specialties: Big menu of Peruvian specialties, mixed drinks, and grocery items.

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Chilaquiles from Uchu Peruvian Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Estilo Boricua at Mercado Latino

Estilo Boricua Puerto Rican food stall at the Mercado Latino

Location: Inside the Mercado Latino at 900 E Army Post Rd. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tripleta meal Estilo Boricua Stand at the Mercado Latino in Des Moines, Iowa

Online at: Facebook page is HERE. One website is HERE.

Open Since: at least a year in service at the Mercado.

Specialties: Seafood stew, tripleta, chicken, sides of “pigeon rice”, and fried stuff like empanadas, rice balls, potato balls.

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Empanadas and fried things Estilo Boricua Stand at the Mercado Latino in Des Moines, Iowa

Big Taco Truck on MLK Jr PKWY

Big Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Quesabirria Big Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 2305 MLK Jr PKWY in the parking lot of the auto parts store.

Online At: No profiles found, but they do service from some of the food delivery apps when they are open.

Al Pastor Tacos Big Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Open Since: Early 2022

Specialties: birria, nachos, sopes.

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Big Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Ninas Tacos on East 14 and Watrous

Nina’s Tacos in Des Moines, Iowa

This place that specializes in birria opened in the spot that had been empty for a while.

Birria Taco Combo Ninas Tacos in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 1301 E Watrous Ave. Ste B

Online at: facebook page is HERE

Open Since: Fall 2021, they had done events with their truck before then.

Quesadilla Ninas Tacos in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: Birria is the main ingredient served in many forms including nachos, gorditas, tacos, and pizza.

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Ninas Tacos in Des Moines, Iowa