La Peña Mexican Food on Indianola Ave.

La Peña in Des Moines, Iowa

La Peña Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

La Peña has changed their menu several times since opening over ten years ago and the latest makeover takes away a ton of the favorite dishes. The pollo enchorizado below is no longer offered:

Pollo Enchorizado from La Peña Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 2010 Indianola Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315

Chile Rellenos from La Peña Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: they used to have slow cooked meals chilaquiles and birria revolcada but now its just snacks like tacos and gorditas or sopes with toppings.

Tacos from La Peña in Des Moines, Iowa

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La Peña in Des Moines, Iowa
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Taqueria Jalisco on East Grand Ave.

Exterior Taqueria Jalisco in Des Moines, Iowa

Taqueria Jalisco in Des Moines, Iowa

Taqueria Jalisco operated for a few years on East Grand Ave in a space now occupied by La Contenita.The same people opened a taco trailer on the spot that now moves around downtown des moines. The had a classic graphic reading “The Taco Place” that is now long gone.

Closed since: I am thinking this closed in 2013 and the trailer was out for the beginning of 2014 in the same place.

Tacos  from Taqueria Jalisco in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: torta ahogada and tacos.

Torta Ahogada  from Taqueria Jalisco in Des Moines, Iowa

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Sign from Taqueria Jalisco in Des Moines, Iowa

Tacos Villanueva #2 on East 14th St

Carne Asada Tacos from Tacos Villanueva #2 Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Tacos Villanueva #2 Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa.

This is Tacos Villanueva #2, the original is on East Grand Ave.

Location: 3810 E 14th St north of Euclid

Last Spotted: Summer 2015

Chorizo Quesadillas from Tacos Villanueva #2 in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: tacos with toppings like carne asada or chorizo.

Active Since: At least 2014

Gambling Tacos Villanueva #2 Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

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Tacos Villanueva #2 Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Taqueria 2 Hermanas on East 14th St

Tacos de Pollo Chicken Tacos from Taqueria 2 Hermanas in Des Moines, Iowa

Taqueria 2 Hermanas Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Location:  3100 E. 14th St. in Des Moines in parking lot beside grocery store.

Taqueria 2 Hermanas served next to a Mexican grocery store just north of Grand View University for a few years before selling the truck to Taqueria Los Pinos.

Closed since: late 2015

Taqueria 2 Hermanas in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: tacos with toppings like carne asada or al pastor pork.

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Taqueria 2 Hermanas in Des Moines, Iowa

Mi Tierra Restaurant & Taqueria on East 14th

Sopes Mi Tierra Restaurant & Taqueria in Des Moines, Iowa

Mi Tierra Restaurant & Taqueria in Des Moines, Iowa

Mi Tierra may have been the first place in Des Moines to really specialize in the Mexican Anotjitos. Its at least the first place I found in Des Moines to have its own dedicated antojitos menu. Their entree menu was interesting as well.

Location: 1100 E 14th St

Closed Since: I last visited in January of 2014. The building later held a Jamaican restaurant among others before it was razed in early 2017

Huarache from Mi Tierra Restaurant & Taqueria in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: They served sopes, gorditas, tacos de canasta, and picaditas with fillings that changed regularly.

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Mi Tierra Restaurant & Taqueria in Des Moines, Iowa

La Cuscatleca: Pupuseria on East Hubbel Ave.

La Cuscatleca Restaurant & Pupuseria in Des Moines, Iowa

La Cuscatleca had operated a pupusa truck on 2nd Ave before opening up a restaurant on Hubbel. They might have another location in the works.

La Cuscatleca Pupuseria in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 1832 East Hubbel Ave in Des Moines

Online at: https://www.facebook.com/lacuscatlecadmi

Pupusas from La Cuscatleca: Pupuseria & Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Open since: this location has been open since 2013, but the truck has been open longer.

Nuegados from La Cuscatleca: Pupuseria & Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: pupusas and salvadoran dishes like yuca frita or nuegados.

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Antojitos Salvadoreños from La Cuscatleca Pupuseria in Des Moines, Iowa

Gorditas Rosi on East 9th St.

Gorditas from Gorditas Rosi in Des Moines, Iowa

Gorditas Rosi Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Gorditas Rosi has been serving gorditas beside a laundromat for a couple years now. They updated their graphics in the summer of 2015.

Location: 901 East University Ave

Active Since: At least 2013

Trozo de Puerco Tacos from Gorditas Rosi in Des Moines, Iowa

Last Spotted: Spring 2017

Specialties: gorditas and tacos with filling like slow cooked pork in green salsa with cactus.

Online at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gorditas-Rosi/322803454526599

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Menu from Gorditas Rosi in Des Moines, Iowa