Hillsboro, OR

How Amazing Taco Dreams Are Built in a Parking Lot

Trista Signe Ainsworth

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Photo of La Pachanga Food Truck in Hillsboro, Oregon

On Saturday this past weekend, our food dreams came true! We had driven by this bright red food truck in Hillsboro a few days ago. We were intrigued by its set up and how pristine it was.

On the weekend, my husband and I decided to stop by and check it out. To start, Danny, the owner, was cleaning the tables when we approached the truck. He was so friendly as he greeted us and welcomed us to his establishment.

We felt like family from the moment we walked up.

Who knew that a brightly colored food truck in a Walgreens parking lot would bring so much joy!

We like to call ourselves "food adventurers." Every weekend we are on the hunt for new and exciting food to try. We had hope that this truck would fit the bill, and it delivered!

We were ready for a Tex-Mex experience to rival any other taco truck we had ever visited.

Danny showed us around the most pristine parking lot I have ever seen. He told me that they sweep the area each morning and sanitize everything regularly. He just installed new canopies for the outdoor seating area along with beautiful twinkle lights.

Their location is perfect because it is near many other businesses and also right off Tualatin Valley Highway. It is easy to access from nearby 198th or by entering the Walgreens parking lot off the highway.

According to Danny, when he and his wife drove by this parking lot, they knew it would be a perfect location for a food truck. At first, they rented a truck/trailer from his uncle under a different name: Tacorriendo. They kept fixing it up and gaining a following.

Then, they knew it was time for an upgrade to a new truck.

He and his mom are business partners, and we could see that they take pride in everything they do. We got a short tour of the inside of the food truck, and it was spotless. I love that they kept the door open to let air flow through.

I love how they have great relationships with neighboring businesses. They made sure that they had permission from Walgreens to bolt down their new canopies to shelter their eating area. I love situations in which it is a win-win for both businesses.

The food truck is also near the Aloha Inn and Suites hotel. Washington County recently purchased this hotel to create more affordable housing options for citizens of the county. Danny has a good relationship with those running this project.

Next, we checked out the menu. The truck has the menu painted on the side, and it includes a QR code so that you can scan a more detailed version of the food truck's offerings.

We were excited to try lots of the dishes.

First, we went with their signature plate with four barbequeso tacos. These are their specialty, and they are so flavorful! They consist of shredded barbecued beef and cheese served with fresh lime wedges. I love how the tortillas are also seasoned.

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Photo by the author: Barbequeso tacos. These are their specialty and they are amazing!

These delicious tacos also come with their famous consomme or beef broth. Danny told us that it is simmered on the stove for 48 hours for maximum flavor. The tacos are taken to the next level when dipped in the broth.

Next, we ordered the molletes. It is a beautiful creation that is kind of like a Mexican open-faced sandwich. Telera or a soft baguette-like bread is toasted, covered with refried beans, and topped with chorizo, onions, avocados, and a freshly prepared over-easy egg.

It is a dish that is worthy of a brunch for two all on its own.

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Photo by the author: Molletes topped with avocado, a freshly prepared egg, and salsa.

After that, we were curious to try one of the tortas. We went with the torta Hawaiiana. The combination of ham, pineapple, jalapenos, and more was a huge treat!

If you have never tried a torta before, get ready for a taste explosion!

We were impressed by how generous the portions were on all of the dishes. We ordered a lot of items to try out and ended up having enough for lunch, dinner and snacks.

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Photo by the author: A view of the amazing torta Hawaiiana!

We could not resist also trying out one of their burritos. We went with the Oregon burrito filled with grilled chicken, onions, potatoes, and more. It is a combination we had not seen before, and it was so delicious!

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Photo by the author: The Oregon Burrito.

To top it all off, Danny gave us two of each salsa that La Pachanga makes. I love that they run the gamut of mild to very spicy. My favorite was the red salsa, with a medium amount of spice but plenty of kick.

While we were there, I noticed how flexible and accomodating they were. A customer wanted a vegetarian burrito, which was not on the menu, but they had plenty of ingredients to create it just for her. They can also make bowl-style meals with meat and vegetables for those following a low-carb or keto lifestyle.

They were very busy, with many customers arriving while we were there. Danny was also busy taking phone orders. We loved how friendly he was to all of the customers, both in-person and on the phone.

They also offer specials throughout the week like fish tacos on Fridays and other delicious creations.

You can check their Facebook page or Instagram feed for updates on their offerings:

https://www.facebook.com/lapachangahillsboro/

I also noticed that they offer breakfast burritos. I know that we will be back to sample these as well as many other dishes.

When you decide to check out this food truck, here is the information that you will need:

They are open Tuesday through Saturday. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, the truck serves food from 9 am until 9 pm. Fridays and Saturdays, you can get your taco-fix until 10 pm!

They are in the Walgreens parking lot at 3333 SW 198th Ave, Aloha, OR 97006.

Their phone number for ordering take-out is: (503) 332-5288

My husband and I are so thrilled with our food adventure to La Pachanga. We will be back to try more at this wonderful establishment. We wish Danny and his family continued success.

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