Authentic Mexican tacos have curbside appeal in western Delray Beach

Off the road on West Atlantic Avenue.

Classic Mexican food is available from Taqueria Jalapenos, a roadside food truck in far western Delray Beach. Make sure to try the tacos con lengua.

Some of Delray Beach’s best Mexican food can be found as far west as you can travel on Atlantic Avenue— at the Taqueria Jalapenos food truck just west of Route 441, past the new Wawa.

The menu

Here, at this mobile kitchen pulled by a pickup truck, just steps from the big Delray Beach Post Office, you will find tacos, burritos, quesadillas, gorditas, sopes and tortas with a variety of fillings, fresh and made to order. This is the real deal, not Tex-Mex eats. It’s a draw for truckers passing by and also worthy of a short drive/

Unfortunately, there are no tables or any other dining amenities other than an aluminum counter that spans the length of the trailer, so that means you’ll be dining curbside in your car, tailgating or doing take-way. (Careful how you carry that bag to avoid your food from being tossed around as it’s served on a foil-wrapped paper plate.)

Tacos de lengua

New York food writer Erica Marcus of Newsday, my old newspaper, tipped me off to Taqueria Jalapeno, which she discovered while visiting her dad, a SoFla resident.

“When people ask me what’s my favorite place to eat in Palm Beach County, I tell them it’s the taco truck on Atlantic Avenue just west of Route 441. And I’m serious. Better tacos de lengua I have not had,” she wrote on Facebook. (There’s another Taqueria Jalapenos food truck in Wellington at 50thStreet South and Route 441.)

I’m not certain I’d make as bold a claim as my former colleague did, but Taqueria Jalapenos does make some fine food.  It took several visits before I could try tacos with lengua, or beef tongue. That tongue has been braised with garlic and onions, finely chopped and served Mexican-style with onions and cilantro and packed into a freshly grilled corn tortilla along with some salsa verde, sautéed onions and a grilled hot pepper on the side. The meat is melt-in-your mouth tender and flavorful. Watch out for that hot pepper on the side, though!

Assorted tacos and orange soda

Can’t handle onions and cilantro? No problem. You can get the tacos American style with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream.

Other offerings were equally tasty. Asada  (steak), carnitas (roasted pork) and al pastor (spicy pork), were all similarly served ala the lengua taco.  And to wash it all down, I sipped a naturally flavored, cane-sugar-sweetened Jarritos Mandarin soda from Mexico. It’s a perfect, quick lunch. And cheap, too. Tacos are just $2 each.

Arrive early for lengua is the lesson I learned. And keep visiting if they’re out if you want to be rewarded with this flavorful Mexican classic. Taqueria Jalapenos is open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Taqueria Jalapenos

10233 W. Atlantic Avenue (west of 441)

Delray Beach, FL 33446






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