El Xolo Tacos
When it comes to Mexican cuisine, there’s vastly more diversity than most Americans realize. I grew up in Mexico, where I earned a master’s degree in agriculture. This granted me a unique knowledge of corn and its varying colors and flavors. After landing in Austin, TX, I began working in the food truck scene. I was surprised to find residents thought of corn tortillas as one single dish. This is far from the case.
For me, sharing my culture with others is one of the most important parts of owning a business. The name El Xolo is a nod to the Xoloitzcuintli, a Mexican hairless dog that plays a vital role in Aztec mythology. According to lore, the Xolo helps recently departed souls cross a river and enter the land of the dead. It’s therefore fitting I catered the Viva La Vida Parade, a Dia de los Muertos celebration organized by Austin’s Mexican Culture Museum.
El Xolo has never been just about the tacos. It’s about celebrating all the varying cultures and traditions each and every individual brings to the city of Austin. I invite you to stop by, enjoy the food, and learn a little while you’re here.
-Luis, Owner, El Xolo Tacos
At El Xolo Taco, it all comes down to the tortillas
My corn tortillas come in all different colors. From red to blue to yellow to white, each one has its own subtle but distinct flavor. Customers often ask if our tortillas are painted, giving me an opportunity to share my knowledge of Mexican agriculture. Patrons sometimes even develop a preferred tortilla flavor, something you don’t often see in the United States.