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Fast Vegan Mexican Street Food in El Paso

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Vegan Mexican Street Food in El Paso, Texas, Lick it Up
Some killer vegan eats from Lick It Up in El Paso, Texas. The only fully vegan food trailer in the city!

Honestly, I have a hard time deciding what to call the cuisine Lick It Up passes through that food trailer window. I suppose it’s Mexican. Made by someone who knows Mexican food. Very near the border of Mexico. But it’s technically located in Texas, so does geography dictate whether it be called Mexican or Tex-Mex? I dunno. But who cares. Because when vegan Mexican street food is this good (and this fast), what you call it really doesn’t matter. After all, a rose by any other name and all that…

But on the fence surrounding the patio it does say Mexican, so we’ll go with that.

Vegan Mexican Street Food in El Paso, Texas, Lick it Up
Vegan Mexican Street Food in Texas? Yes please!
Vegan Mexican Street Food in El Paso, Texas, Lick it Up
Thank goodness for those misters on a hot summer day in El Paso!

Cuisine aside, Lick It Up happens to be the only dedicated vegan joint in El Paso. There are a handful of other places (like coffee shop/bakery stunner Savage Goods) that are vegetarian, but this trailer has a corner on the market (also, it’s literally on the corner). Owner Pato serves up all manner of (Tex?) Mexican delicacies: quesadillas (my fave), tortas (Josh’s fave), tacos, gorditas, even flautas. And they rock. I was licking vegan cheese off my fingers for a good 15 minutes after I finished my (exceedingly messy) meal. My mom would have been mortified, but you can’t waste flavor like this by wiping it into a napkin, OK? It’s a compliment. Also, I have a firm belief that if you’re either eating food from a food trailer (check) or dining al fresco on a cement patio with mismatched tables and chairs (check), finger-licking is totally and completely acceptable. (So get off my case, mom!)

Vegan Mexican Street Food in El Paso, Texas, Lick it Up
The vegan Mexican street food menu at Lick It Up in El Paso.
Vegan Mexican Street Food in El Paso, Texas, Lick it Up
Vegan Mexican Street food in El Paso is more than just tacos!

We chatted with Pato a bit before we gorged ourselves and loved learning about his passion for flavor and ingredients (Jackfruit! Seitan! Mushrooms!). After all, can’t good food just be good food? It just happens to be vegan! Vegan Mexican street food, that is. Check out our video on the trailer below!

Have a fave vegan Mexican or Tex-Mex joint? Share it! Wander on!

monique

Thursday 23rd of August 2018

the queens table is also a FULL vegan restaurant in el paso tx . and lick it up is definitely NOT tex mex. just good Mexican :)