Salem may not have close to the number of tasty taco trucks as Los Angeles, but what we lack in volume, we make up in taste and authenticity. When you’ve got the munchies and you’re looking for cheap, tasty grub at one of the many cheap restaurants in Salem, you can’t go wrong visiting one of these taco trucks. Here are three of our favorites…
Taqueria Los Pinos Taco Truck
3935 Silverton Rd NE
Salem, OR 97305
If you love tacos and you love food trucks, you’ll quickly fall in love with Taqueria Los Pinos. Run by the same cocinero for years, Taqueria Los Pinos has great food, great service, and cheap prices!
Located across the street from La Carreta de Mi Tierra #1, Taqueria Los Pinos is more traditional and incredibly authentic. One bite of their delicious tacos, which cost just $1.50 to $2.00, and you’ll taste a little bit of Mexico.
Taqueria Los Pinos has developed a loyal following with many of the regulars claiming this modest taco stand provides the finest, most authentic street taco experience in Salem.
Some favorite taco dishes include the lengua, which is beef tongue (don’t freak out, it’s way tastier than it sounds!); al pastor (translation: shepherd-style), a shawarma spit-grilled meat brought to Mexico by Lebanese immigrants; and carnitas, which translates literally to “little meats” and is a dish that originated in the state of Michoacán by braising or simmering pork until it’s perfectly tender. They also offer fish tacos for just a dollar more. It should be no surprise why Taqueria Los Pinos made our list of the best cheap restaurants in Salem.
La Carreta de Mi Tierra #1
3702 Silverton Rd NE
Salem, OR 97305
Another local favorite that easily tops the list of cheap restaurants in Salem, La Carreta de Mi Tierra #1 is the spot for your favorite tacos! It’s usually pretty busy, but don’t let the line intimidate you. There’s a reason it’s busy — the food is amazing!
You’ll love seeing your food prepared right in front of you. Whether you order the carnitas or pollo, you won’t be disappointed. And, the service is fast, so you won’t have to wait long. Plus, you can enjoy the potpourri of Mexican culinary scents while you wait.
Your dish will come with generous sides of everything, from onions and cilantro to limes and fresh pico de gallo. A nice added touch is that they make their own tortillas, which simply can’t be beat. They even have an amazing salsa bar; don’t be afraid to try them all! For the full experience, make sure to try their agua fresca, a light fruit drink popular throughout Mexico and every authentic Mexican restaurant in the U.S.
4110 Portland Rd NE
Salem, OR 97301
One thing about Californians is that they’re finicky about their Mexican food. But if you read the reviews of LA Guadalupana on Yelp or Facebook, you’ll find no shortage of Californians who can’t stop singing the praises this popular little Mexican food truck.
The portions, flavors, and prices are incredible! At just $1.50 for a taco, order half a dozen!
You can’t go wrong with any of their dishes. The tacos, burritos, and taquitos served with such delicacies as al pastor, pollo, carnitas, or cabeza are all to die for! They go the extra mile with perfectly grilled onions and some of the most savory pinto beans you’ve ever tasted.
If you love burritos, you’ll love LA Guadalupana burritos, which you’ll probably only be able to eat half of. Save the other half for later. Just keep in mind to bring your cash (although you don’t need much), as this taco joint is cash-only.
These three taco trucks represent some of the best Mexican you’ll find in Salem. Best of all, they are the perfect remedy when you have a case of the munchies! Why not drop by Have a Heart’s new Salem location and then head down to one of these places after you enjoy some choice cannabis?
Cannabis and tacos go great together! Check out Have a Heart’s Salem Cannabis Menu for our latest deals and current inventory.