Huevos Rancheros and a Taste of Durango at Tacos Alacran

The scorpion king of tacos debuts in L.A.

Many of you will be enjoying a long weekend to recover from your post-Thanksgiving turkey hangover with a chance to catch up on dining at the latest hot spots. Naturally, I would suggest a trip down to South Central L.A. to escape the turkey marathon for a taste of Durango from a month and a half old food truck. Durangan cuisine has never been well represented in L.A. outside of the usually short-lived gorditas restaurants, and a place that was briefly up in Sunland that had Durango-style mole. But that was a while ago.

Birria at Tacos Alacran
Birria at Tacos Alacran

Photo by Bill Esparza

It came as a welcome surprise to see Tacos Alacran (Spanish for scorpion) parked on Central Blvd. this past week, which specializes in Durango-style birria de chivo, or goat birria. While there isn’t anything that distinguishes their birria from the traditions of other states, it sure is tasty with and intense broth. Then there is are several Mexican egg dishes, which isn’t so common on a Mexican food truck.

Huevos rancheros are one of my favorite dishes, and when I find a good one like this–flavorful rice and refried beans and fried eggs covered in a salsa of chile guajillo spiced up with some chile de arbol on a pair of crispy tortillas, I will become a regular. You can get many great versions of huevos rancheros around Los Angeles from states like Oaxaca, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Jalisco all with different salsas, but this brings the deep flavors of pure chile, and a true fonda experience from a food truck.

Tacos Alacran, northeast corner of Central Ave. and 42nd St., South Los Angeles, 323-534-9488