9 Restaurants That Will Help You Throw the Ultimate L.A. Taco Party

Let’s be real, your <i>carnitas</i> game isn’t as strong as you think it is
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Of all the taco-related questions I get asked on a regular basis, there’s one that makes me want to cancel all my social media and throw my phone in the MacArthur Park Lake. “Who would you recommend for a taco caterer for my birthday party?’ Uhhh, hey, I’m driving right now—let me get back to you.

And then I have to face the awful truth that I have no idea what anyone charges for taquizas, because as a full-time tacorazzo, the last thing I’m ever going to do in my little spare time is throw a blowout taco party. Just so nobody ever has to ask me again, here’s a handy guide to all the best large-scale taco caterers in L.A.

Aqui es Texcoco
Tacos: Barbacoa and various tacos
Cost: $10 per person
Minimum: 40 people
Service: Catering equipment
5850 S Eastern Ave., Commerce, (323) 725-1429

Carnitas El Momo
Tacos: Carnitas and birria
Cost: $12 per person
Minimum: 50 people
Service: Food truck or cazo and table
2411 Fairmount, Boyle Heights, (323) 627-8540

Guerrilla Tacos
Tacos: 4 of their signature tacos
Cost: $25 per person (full buyout)
Minimum: $1000.00
Service: Food Truck for 2 hours
Guerrillatacos.com, 323-388-5340

Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla
Tacos: Tacos arabes as well as other standard tacos
Cost: $10 per person (full buyout)
Minimum: Flexible
Service: Trailer or Catering equipment
Olympic Blvd., just west of Esperanza St., Boyle Heights

Loteria Grill
Tacos: 3-5 tacos
Cost: $20-$30 per person
Minimum: 15 people
Service: Catering equipment
Multiple locations, loteriagrill.com, 323-465-2500

Mexicali Taco Co.
Tacos: Mexicali-style carne asada, barbecued chicken, and chorizo
Cost: $10-$15 per person
Minimum: 50 people
Service: Street cart
702 N Figueroa St, Chinatown, 213-613-0416

Tacos Al Carbon
Tacos: Carne asada, chorreadas, vampiros, and quesadillas
Cost: $6.75 per person
Minimum: 50 people
Service: Street cart
Gibson Ave. at E. San Carlos Street, Compton, 562-634-3342

Tacos La Carreta
Tacos: Carne asada, chorreadas, vampiros, and quesadillas
Cost: $10 per person (full buyout)
Minimum: 80 people
Service: Street cart
413 N. Wilmington Ave., Compton, 562-377-2819

Tacos Puntas Cabras
Tacos: Various seafood tacos of your choice
Cost: Varies
Minimum: Depends on if it’s delivery, staff, or of chefs Gil and Snukal are cooking.
Service: Catering equipment
2311 Santa Monica Bl., Santa Monica, (310) 917-2244, tacospuntascabras.com

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