TacoTapapocalypse Tuesday Menu!

Good day, Taco Likers/Lovers.  There were rainbows in the sky, birds (and ground squirrels) chirping, and a slightly cloud-shielded morning sun hanging in the sky as your trusty taco making person awoke from his race recovery (yes, I feel old.  taking two days to recover…sheesh) slumber.  It was all an inspiring experience, and in an instant during that wonderful waking a thought popped into existence.  “Why don’t I make a new taco for tonight, something that I haven’t tried (as a taco) before.”  Not a bad idea for sure.  Hmmm…. I have drawn from Indian, Asian, Latin cuisines but never from one of my most professionally practiced um…. provisions… ITALIAN.  Yes, an Italian inspired taco is on the menu for tonight.  Let’s discuss further.

TacoTapalypse Menu For 9/27/11

  • Italian Pork Taco.  This is the new guy, Niman Ranch shoulder slow cooked with fennel, rosemary, tomato, and a few other spices and served with a pickled red onion relish.  You will like.

  • Chorizo Verde.  It’s Green and Mean, ground Niman Ranch pork with a plethora of edible/legal green herbs and spices.  Serrano, Poblano, Cilantro, Spinach….great garden flavor.

  • Vegan Chorizo.  All the chorizo flavor without all the animal products.  Loved by Veg and Omni’s.

  • Pork Shoulder.  The Tacopocalypse “enhanced” version of the traditional Carnitas.  The original Tacopocalypse taco is still the favorite.

Of course we have all the other usual accompaniments such as slaw, a couple salsas, some fresh chopped veggies and the like.

Come join us for Tacos and Ice Cold $2.50 pints of New Belgium Fat Tire tonight at the Cumming Tap!  5pm to ?????

 

TacoSam

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#DTFM Menu Of Classic Goodness!

Greetings, Taco Likers!  It’s time to get really excited about the return of a few of our classic flavors that some of you have been requesting and someone (old you-know-who) has been lagging behind in producing.  We also have a a returning newbie and some of the same ole same ole that you have grown to love and adore.   There are also going to be a few subtle changes to the appearance to our booth.  We have been thinking of you all and your requests…Who loves ya, baby?

If you think this is Tom Colicchio , you watch too much food television.

So, let’s get down to the real nitty gritty….

DTFM* Menu for 9/3/11

  • The return of Pork Tongue!  Slow cooked with tomatillos, peppers, and some other stuff, this is the second most requested taco which hasn’t been around for a while.

  • BACON CHORIZO.  YEP. #1 REQUESTED IS BACK.  SORRY ABOUT THE WAIT.

  • Chorizo Verde:  Our garden-y tasting ground pork, pepper, and herb mixture is back.  Watch out, this batch is a little spicy!

  • Vegan Chorizo!  You love it, and animals love you for choosing it!  This is our “cruelty free” (well, we did talk a bunch of smack about its mother to it, so not totally cruelty free) version of the classic Mexican sausage.

  • Braised Pork Shoulder!  Our own version of the classic Carnitas with a little more zazz.

  • Maybe…just maybe, we will have some Slab Bacon tacos with some pesto and tomato relish.  Maybe.

We are also thinking of adding a potato/egg combo taco to the menu soon, and have been toying around with a few other fun ideas like smoked brisket with onion relish, Home Made Corned Beef Hash Tacopocalypse style, and many more.  Let us know what you think…

See you in the morning at the #DTFM, we need to get back to pressing tortillas….

Taco Savalas.

*DTFM, for those of you who haven’t caught on, is short for the Down Town Farmers Market in lovely Des Moines.  We are located at 2nd and Court Ave on the SW corner. 

This Saturday DTFM/Ankeny Unplugged Double Decker Menu Wrecker!

 

Hello, Taco Likers!  We here at your first (and the greater DSM area’s second) favorite taco making operation are proud to announce that this weekend should run a little smoother than last weekend!  It turns out that the combination of Friday Night Sips In The City/Saturday Morning Farmers Market was a little more than the boss should have…well, if you were at either you know the point of this.  Our chef was having a really good time, and enjoyed every second of both events (except about one hour of chaos saturday morning.  whoops.) Really. Good. Time.

Feline Depiction Of Our Chef Between Last Friday and Saturday Events

Let’s reflect a little.  Sips In The City was amazing.  We were fortunate enough to have a great booth location bestowed upon us, even though we are the NKOTB.  Our tiny “Taco Canapes” were a  huge hit, serving a grand total of 1350 1.75 inch hand pressed corn tortillas (not a fun undertaking) topped with Vegan Chorizo, Braised Pork, or Beef Cheek.  There was a line of at least 15 taco wanters at all time.  For three hours.  amazing.  We made a lot of new friends that night, and spent some time with some old friends from some great businesses.  Our new team of Elisabeth “Get to the back of the line if you can’t decide” Ballstadt, Shelby “Sauce Spiller” Conklin, and Cyd “Don’t look up, just make tacos” Mull was amazing to work with.  What a great time.  Too Great.

We are also super pumped that we will be participating in Ankeny Unplugged this Saturday from 4 until 9.  Evidently there is a high demand for vegetarian and gluten free items (every single item we serve is gluten free) to be served at this event series, and we are glad to have caught the last one.  Next year we will be there for all their events, if they feel like inviting us back.

So, this brings us to the real subject at hand.  This Weekend.

We have a new flavor to put in your mouths this Saturday, which is a Korean Braised Short Rib with Kimchi.  Yes, some of you more worldly taco likers will recognize this combination from a certain taco truck in a certain state which serves the only “real” tacos in the country (according to the a-hole at the DTFM a few weeks ago).  This will be served at both events saturday.

DTFM:

  • Vegan Chorizo
  • Braised Pork
  • BLT
  • Bacon Chorizo
  • Korean Short Rib
  • BREAKFAST THING

BTW, about the BT last week.  I personally apologise for the exclusion of that from the menu, and for the back up tortilla scandal.  This weekend will be full on, with all normal stuff kicking it all over our menu.  Hey, while you are at our stand, you should pick up some greens and things from our amazing friends Cleverley Farms located exactly one foot west of our booth at 2nd and Court Avenue.

Ankeny Unplugged:

  • Vegan chorizo
  • Braised Pork
  • Korean short rib.

No Breakfast thing, duh.  It’s not breakfast time.

This should be a great day filled with fun and tacos.  Actually I think the word Taco means Fun in some languages.

Sam

 

May 14 Farmers Market Menu

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Here is what you can expect at tomorrows Market:

-Vegan Chorizo
-Bacon Chorizo
-Braised Pork Shoulder
AND this week’s fourth special taco…
-Lengua De Puerco. This is braised Niman Ranch Pork Tongue, and it is a darn fine addition to our already stellar menu.

As always, tacos are served on hand pressed corn tortillas and topped with slaw. Also served with our Redfire or Tomatillo-Habanero salsas, and all tacos are gluten-free. Very Legit.

See you at the Tacopocalypse, 2nd and Court Avenue from 7am until noon.

First Farmers’ Market Re-cap Thingy!

Ok, now that it is merely 23 hours until the next Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market with extra Tacopocalypse, it is about time you heard what the citizens/staff of said Tacopocalypse had to say about the first D.M.D.T.F.M.
It was amazing.  There was little to no gameplan, but everything went off like a well executed…um…gameplan.  It turns out that the DSM citizenry (and a number of non-DSM visitors) was more than receptive to our brand of fully hand made/lovingly prepared hand-pressed corn tortilla embraced taco goodness, they responded well to our Niman Ranch meats from booth-mates Cleverley Farms and vegans were kindly (and humanely) thankful for a REAL LEGITIMATE DTFM DINING OPTION AKA TACOPOCALYPSE VEGAN CHORIZO. 

Many friends were made, many smiles were smiled, and the weather may have been the most beautiful in DTFM Great Opening Day Madness had ever seen.  Nothing but positivity!

It was an amazing time, and I am thankful to have met some new friends.  And to have heard a lovely older woman reading our banner and contemplating proper pronunciation of the brand moniker.

“Tacopalypse…taco…how do you say that? Tacolips?”

Yes, my friends…we will give you TACO LIPS.  See you tomorrow at the DTFM.

Downtown Farmers Market Tacopocalypse Begins Saturday!

The time has finally come.  We have all been waiting for weeks for the opportunity to bring the Tacopocalypse experience to the Fair City of Des Moines proper, and the daily countdown has dwindled to single digits.  This Saturday the Tacopocalypse begins at 6am at the intersection of 2nd and Court Avenue along side the masterful produce producer and Niman Ranch distributor Cleverly Farms.  We stress that you should get your taco loving behinds down to the market early, even though we have a fairly large amount of food, this IS our first foray into the mad, mad realm of serving potentially thousands of people.

What is the Menu?  I thought you would never ask.  For opening day the menu will be kept fairly simple.

  • Classic Braised Pork with Curtido.  Pork shoulder from Niman Ranch braised with peppers and herbs until it makes you go almost as tender as the pork in the knees.  Pork knees.
  • Vegan Chorizo with Curtido.  Organic, delicious, and made with veggies, TVP, and our proprietary Chorizo Spice Blend, our Vegan Chorizo is almost indistinguishable from its meaty cousin, regular old chorizo.  It has drawn many into its cruelty-free web.
  • BACON CHORIZO with Curtido.  Yes, this is Chorizo made with ground Niman Ranch Bacon.  It is out of control.

What is Curtido?  Another great question.  It is the traditional Salvadoran Slaw served with Papusas (which btw, there are some great papusas at the market and we won’t be offended it you are spotted eating some) made with cabbage, onion, carrot, oregano, vinegar, and some other stuff.  Why do we put it on everything?   Because the Slaw Is The Law.

Of course there will be the normal selection of Cilantro, Onions, and hot sauces.  Also included is the now-barely-famous Tacopocalypse Redfire Sauce and Tomatillo-Habanero Salsa.

All of this is served on hand-pressed corn tortillas which are personally hand pressed with the hands of our reigning champion tortilla presser, Chef Samuel Auen.  All tacos are also GLUTEN FREE AND TOTALLY LEGIT.  YOU WILL MOST LIKELY NOT GET BETTER TACOS ANYWHERE.  DEFINITELY NOT AT THE WONDERFUL SUNNY DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET ON SATURDAY MORNINGS!

See you there.