Food Trucks. They’re outside your office building, at the local park, setting up shop in the farmer’s market parking lot–you can find them everywhere these days. There are even Food Truck parks, specifically set aside for these creative and tasty kitchens on wheels. The variety, the creativity, and let’s be honest–the dedication of the owners–is something to behold. Whenever you pull up somewhere and see a line-up like this, you just know you’re getting ready for some tasty morsels.
Last year, we were looking in the paper for something fun to do for the weekend and stumbled across a Chili Cook-Off. Even though it was raining, we decided that good weather wasn’t a prerequisite for drinking beer and eating chili. When we arrived, we realized that we’d stumbled upon a fun establishment that would become one of our regular hang outs–Random. Yup, that’s the name. It’s a great local establishment that, while serving awesome craft beers and offering super outdoor settings and fun for the whole family, doesn’t have a kitchen of their own. Instead, they host a rotating list of food trucks to serve the hungry masses.
That’s where we befriended the owners of one particular truck, Hippie Mommas. Their tag line ,“Comfort Food With Attitude”, is spot on. I admit that I love that their brand of food truck food is to rotate their menu based on customer feedback, seasonal food, and basically do what they want. It’s always an adventure to see what they have on the menu week to week. Everything from simple and delicious lunch fare, like this Turkey BLT with Pasta Salad (and a beer to wash it down, thank you very much!),
When I caught up with them at a recent location (they, like may other food trucks, move around day to day) I told them to surprise me. And DANG, I fell in love with what wound up on my lunch plate. They were serving a Southwest Meatloaf Sandwich. Whoa. Moist, flavorful, and a little kick–it was perfect for that particularly windy and chilly Texas day. Of course, I begged for the recipe! Instead, they challenged me to try my own hand at it and then they’d let me in on their secret.
I headed home and got to work on trying to recreate this meatloaf that is the thing dreams are made of. Well, maybe not dreams. If I’m dreaming about meatloaf, I’m sure there are far too many comments to be made about my subconscious… While I admit that I didn’t hit their recipe on the mark I DID create a new favorite. This Southwest Meatloaf is filled with big flavors. And it’s so easy you can probably toss it together without so much as a trip to the grocery store. And the best part? Leftovers are even better!
Now I have to start stalking their truck again so that I can get another taste of their version! Watch out, Hippie Mommas–I’m comin’ for that recipe!