Los Chamos food truck has been stalking the streets of South Florida for years, serving their Venezuelan comfort food favorites like empanadas, arepas, and tequeños. My occasional eating from their truck over the years has transformed into a full-blown obsession.
Both sides of my family are Cuban, but my father happens to have been born in Caracas, Venezuela, so I feel a connection to these folks. In case you are wondering how my dad ended up with Venezuelan citizenship, his father (my grandfather) wrestled professionally in Venezuela & Cuba under a mask as Cruz Diablo, a true story.
Alright, enough of that; onto the food.
Los Chamos Food
The preparation involves stuffing cheese into a ground sweet corn pancake and optionally topping it with butter.
I’m not sure how you could share this with someone without getting territorial over the dish. Every time my wife Marcela took a piece, predetermined chess moves were dancing in my head to see how much more I was entitled to.
Save yourself the stress and order one for you alone; in other words, don’t share.
Los Chamos also makes chicharrones (fried pork belly chunks) tossed in their special house seasoning. If you like bacon but are looking for something with a little more meat on its bones, then this is the pork dish for you.
The chicharrones are a great snack to eat while watching your favorite sporting event.
There are a few different arepas to choose from, but for me, it’s gotta be La Pelúa. They grill their arepa (hence the grill marks; I’m pretty clever, huh?) and stuff it with seasoned shredded beef and shredded unmelted gouda cheese.
Something about that cheese being in that pre-melted state kills it for me. And don’t get me started on that very well-shredded beef; it’s #aymama
They specialize in making empanadas to order on the spot. La del Pana is stuffed with seasoned ground beef and paisa cheese. I can’t even look at the picture without my mouth watering.
Every once in a while, they serve poutine (french fries, cheese curds & brown gravy). I’m not even sure what this Canadian dish has to do with Venezuelan comfort food, but I’m not complaining because it was excellent. And don’t be a sucka like me and wait two years, now is the time to eat from Los Chamos food truck.