Weekend Street Food Inspiration: Huitlacoche Quesadilla (Echo Park)


#1

Corn smut. Sounds awful, but sheeeoot… It is delicious. It is known in Mexico as “huitlacoche”, and it has been a prized ingredient there for a long, long time. In some circles it is known as the Mexican Truffle.

Alejandra’s quesadilla cart (usually at Echo Park Ave. on weekends, just south of Sunset, a few blocks from Echo Park Lake) serves huitlacoche quesdillas, made with blue corn tortillas. I like mine with chicken.

To the skeptics out there who may be reluctant to eat a bluish-gray tortilla with corn fungus inside, I will simply quote the ineffable Sam I Am: “You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may I say.”


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#2

So good. I went there once and had a huitlacoche/squash blossom quesadilla. It’s strongly been in the back of my mind to return.


#3

I love huitlacoche! My favorite huitlacoche quesadilla is at Aqui es Texcoco in Chula Vista. I need to try this cart already. Heard so many great things about it.


#4

What cheese do the use ???

And can I grab one with no meat inside ???


#5

Dunno the cheese type. Wait. I do know. The delicious, melty type.

Meats are an extra add-ons. The default quesadilla is “no meat”.


#6

That’s a fine looking quesadilla. What are the cart hours?


#7

Generally Huitlacoche quesadillas don’t include meat. Huitlacoche is a nuanced taste and adding meat would miss the point of it.

–Dommy!


#8

Sweet. Then luckily that way is standard so that’s perfect for me.

I may have missed it.

But where’s the dope fucking cart located ???

I better make a beeline there in a minute.


#9

Thanks for the tip, this looks good.

I enjoyed the huitlacoche empanadas at Rocio’s Mole de los Dioses in Sunland. Sadly, because of a fire, that restaurant is closed, though they are talking of rebuilding.

El Huarache Azteca on York offers huitlacoche on a huaracha which may be my favorite way to eat it.


#10

Texcoco in Commerce is a much closer drive.


#11

I know, but the Chula one is our regular spot after brewery hopping in SD.


#12

Went back again this past weekend. Flor de calabaza with chicharron. I think the crunchiness of the pork does just fine on its own. Another delish quesadilla.


#13

If the OC crowd is chowing down on huitlacoche quesadillas at Taco Maria every Tuesday, I think it’s safe to say that pretty much no one is afraid of it anymore lol

What are this womans hours though? Also, how much are the quesadillas?


#14

…and does “weekends” include Friday nights?


#15

thanks for the heads up! This is why I love our community. Would have never known about this.

Do you know if they are only there at night or are they serving all day on weekends?


#16

This question haunts me… I keep trying to figure it out. Doesn’t it seem like Friday nights would be livelier than Sunday nights for such food? But technically “weekend” refers to Saturday + Sunday… so who knows? Colloquially I feel “weekend” includes Friday nights… but I have a feeling restaurants/awesome quesadilla carts probably don’t go by such definitions… so it would be nice to know =(


#17

Best intel I have is that Alejandra is there all day every Sábado y Domingo…


#18

Dope. Maybe I can hit up that shit as an aperitivo before brunch.