If it's eaten in eastern Colorado Springs, it's often mobile Mexican food. Some of the most authentic, or at least best-tasting, food in this area comes from the kitchen on four wheels.
Almost all of the following outfits serve a variety of meats — adobada, asada, barbacoa, buche, cabeza, chicharrón, lengua, pastor, pollo, tripas and more — on doubled corn tortillas with oily, burn-your-face-off jalapeños, lime wedges and ramekins of red and green chili sauce. As best as we can determine, they're all currently operating in the general vicinity named.
El Poblano Mobile (Chelton Loop South and North Chelton Road, 632-1971) won an Indy taco competition last year with its damn-near-breathtaking tripas (grilled cow intestine) tacos. Just imagine bits of fatty, crispy deliciousness covered in popping pico de gallo and a smoky red chili sauce served in a repurposed 1980 Blue Bird school bus with diner-style counters on each side. (Easy, right?)
Nearby is Karely's Mobile (Chelton Loop South and North Chelton Road, 482-9087), a truck with a great rojo azada (red chili with beef) taco that gives the buyer a chance to board and self-garnish. A little further down Chelton is Tacos El Paisa (South Chelton Road and East Fountain Boulevard, 213-6692), the only truck offering auténticos tacos al pastor: shaved off a rotisserie pork log stacked with pineapple and onion.
Closer to the Circle Drive and Airport Road area are three worthwhile stops: Tacos Junior (South Circle Drive and Airport Road, 244-8459), Tacos Junior #2 (Airport Road and South Academy Boulevard, 232-6246) and El Tio Gaby (South Circle Drive and Airport Road, 337-4027). As you might have guessed, the first two are run by a single family; the original TJ offers a moist red-chili marinated adobado (red chili pork) taco, while TJ2's tripas are plenty tasty, even if they don't top El Poblano Mobile's. El Tio provides two standouts: a juicy pollo taco and a killer shredded barbacoa.