Taco Tuesday: Breakfast taco with egg and machaca

La Pachuca taco (front) is a winner at breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner.

La Pachuca taco (front) is a winner at breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner.

I don’t know if the La Pachuca taco ($3.25) is named after the capital of the Mexican state Hidalgo or after a rebellious woman from the 1940s sporting zoot suit-inspired style. Either way, it works. The taco with eggs, queso and machaca beef deserves a place of importance on this food truck’s menu and has some brassy swagger to spare.

Mellizoz, which originally opened up South First in 2008 under the name Izzoz, added the taco to its menu last year. But the components have been there all along. A little ingenuity brought fluffy scrambled eggs from its all-day breakfast menu, braised beef from the Slowrider finished on the flattop and a little bit of queso to create the Pachuca. A judicious amount of queso and moisture from the eggs helps rehydrate heaps of shredded beef full of steak flavor, with a coarse chop of tomatoes and onion bringing enough acid and bite to the party. The trailer offers two salsas. For this taco, grab the mild spice of the red, which has mineral heat of a hot rock helps give the beef-and-egg taco the flavor of a taco made with leftovers following a cowboy cook-out the night before.

When you stop by the Caribbean blue truck with the taco-loving Aztec warrior mural, make sure to grab an Old School crispy beef taco, as well.

Mellizoz Tacos

1503 S. First St. 512-916-4996, mellizoztacos.com

 

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