Hollywood’s baddest good guy shares 75 recipes that make Trejo’s Tacos the Los Angeles go-to for award-winning tacos, donuts, and more.
Long before he was a Hollywood star, Danny Trejo used to joke with his mom that they should open a restaurant. A few arrests, a couple boxing championships, and more than 300 movies later, Hollywood’s favorite bad guy did just that with Trejo’s Tacos. His unexpected journey from ex-con to actor to Narcotics Anonymous/Alcoholics Anonymous counselor to successful restaurateur is a true rags-to-riches story.
Now, in Trejo’s Tacos, Trejo not only shares 75 recipes for cantina favorites like succulent carnitas, vegan cauliflower tacos, and pillowy-sweet cinnamon-sugar lowrider donuts, but offers insights into his life and pays respect to his hometown, his roots, and all of the colorful characters who helped him along the way, creating a delicious tribute to L.A. and the city’s vibrant Latino culture.
Instantly recognizable as a menacing bad guy in over 300 films and TV shows, actor Trejo is also an L.A. restaurateur, and here he presents excellent recipes from his Trejo's Tacos restaurants. Trejo begins with advice for stocking a Mexican pantry, then offers traditional recipes based on key ingredients that can be used in tacos, burritos, or rice bowls including Barbacoa brisket, carne asada (as well as a mushroom version), carnitas, and grilled chicken. For those wanting to expand their taco repertoire, Trejo offers inventive riffs on such fillings as falafel, roasted cauliflower, beer-battered fish, grilled spicy shrimp, and even a chicken tikka. He rounds out the collection with sauces (chipotle shrimp cocktail sauce), sides (cotija and chile mashed potatoes), and desserts (nacho donuts, made with cheddar cheese and poblano chiles), as well as a variety of margaritas. Trejo keeps the sourcing and prep to a minimum while coaxing maximum flavor out of each dish, making the food approachable for home cooks of all abilities. This fiendishly creative collection is a must-have for taco lovers.