After 20 years working in restaurants, Edna Guzman was feeling ready to launch her own operation. “Of course, I am a Mexican lady,” said Guzman. “And I've always liked cooking and trying …
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Salsas La Huacha
17025 S. Golden Road
Hours: 7 a.m.-1o a.m. (breakfast), 5 p.m.-10 p.m. (dinner)
After 20 years working in restaurants, Edna Guzman was feeling ready to launch her own operation.
“Of course, I am a Mexican lady,” said Guzman. “And I've always liked cooking and trying Mexican flavors and combining them with some of the American things.”
But when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, she began to feel less confident about her plans.
“We were kind of afraid of opening because suddenly we started having this virus around and we weren't sure if it was a good idea,” she said. “But we were like `well, we're going to have to.'”
So last week, Guzman and her husband, Francisco Estrada, debuted their new taco truck, Salsas La Huacha, at 17025 South Golden Road. It's a location that's no stranger to food trucks dishing out Mexican fare as it was previously the longtime home of the Bonfire Burritos trailer before that beloved Golden business moved into a permanent location at 2221 Ford Street at the end of 2019.
More recently, it was the location of a food truck called Tacos with Altitude. Guzman and Estrada said they talked to that truck's owner, who told them he left the spot because of the pandemic but they were unsure whether Tacos with Altitude would continue somewhere else.
“I don't know if they have still have a business or not,” Estrada said.
A message to the Tacos with Altitude Facebook page inquiring about the status of that business was read but not responded to.
While Guzman and Estrada live in Denver, they say they wanted to open their business on the west side of the metro area because that is where they have mostly worked.
The menu at Salsas La Huacha is simple with three options for tacos: asada (grilled sirloin tips), pastor (marinated pork) and veggie (a spread of black beans, marinated cauliflower, red onions and cilantro).
“There's a bunch of different al-pastors out there but I think our recipe is pretty good,” said Guzman. “I was trying lots of them and this one became really, really good.”
There are also quesadillas (called huachadillas on the menu) and a cooler full of Mexican soft drinks. The truck also serves breakfast burritos and tacos stuffed with eggs and meat in the morning.
The menu will also likely grow overtime, Guzman said.
“I'm thinking of adding barbacoa and some others,” she said. “It really depends on what people are willing to try because we're Mexicans and we do like a lot of things on tacos.”
The truck's name is a reference to a popular term in Guzman's Mexican home state of Guerrero that means both “young woman” and “orphan.”
She said the term fits as a reference to both herself as an orphan and her daughter, who also works in the truck with Guzman and Estrada. The logo, meanwhile, depicts a young woman wearing a hat that is popular in Guerrero.
While Guzman and Estrada are focusing on their truck for now, they say they hope the business is successful enough to someday open a restaurant.
“Not exactly a big place but yeah like a small place with tacos and cuisine that is like we do in Mexico,” she said.
So far, Guzman said business has been steady, although she hopes it will expand as the weather gets warmer and COVID-19 dies down.
“The first week was pretty good,” she said. “We had a lot of the neighbors come. Maybe they were surprised to see the trailer or maybe it was the smell.”
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