20 Food Cart (or Truck) Recipes You Can Make at Home


I LOVE food trucks. Whenever I am visiting a new city, I like to look up what food trucks the place is known for. When I was in Portland, Oregon a year ago, I visited a whole neighborhood of them, and it was amazing. Living in New York for so long, I was always surprised by what new food truck would pop up. There was a Sweet Treats truck that was always swinging around with fresh brownies, and a Belgian-themed food truck that would pull up with hot beignets. Of course, there are many nights when I stopped at one of the taco trucks for a delicious dinner that cost less than five bucks. Here are some of my favorite food truck recipes and instructions on how you can make them at home … in case there is no food truck parked on your block!

  • Vanilla Belgian Waffles 1 of 27
    Vanilla Belgian Waffles
    There is nothing better than fresh Belgian waffles hot off the griddle, which is what some food trucks specialize in. Our crispy, creamy recipe will satisfy every single time!
    Make vanilla Belgian waffles
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate 2 of 27
    Mexican Hot Chocolate
    I love hot chocolate from the street truck for a late afternoon treat. Now I can have it at home too!
    Make Mexican hot chocolate
  • Vanilla Iced Coffee 3 of 27
    Vanilla Iced Coffee
    Coffee trucks are tasty and convenient, but there is nothing better (or cheaper!) than being your own barista.
    Make vanilla iced coffee
  • Beef Empanadas 4 of 27
    Beef Empanadas
    Some food trucks serve these portable pockets for a tasty, quick lunch on the go. Our copycat version is so easy to whip up yourself!
    Make beef empanadas
  • Pork Dumplings 5 of 27
    Pork Dumplings
    These cozy dumplings are comfort food at their best. Now you can make them at home!
    Make pork dumplings
  • Soft Pretzels with Spicy Cheddar Sauce 6 of 27
    Soft Pretzels with Spicy Cheddar Sauce
    These doughy, soft pretzels are just like the ones from the street truck — especially with the cheddar dipping sauce on the side.
    Make soft pretzels with cheddar sauce
  • Vegetable Gyros with Tzatziki 7 of 27
    Vegetable Gyros with Tzatziki
    These delicious veggie gyros come with their own homemade tzatziki sauce and are served wrapped in foil, just like from an actual truck!
    Make vegetable gyros with tzatziki
  • Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa 8 of 27
    Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
    These authentic pork tacos taste like they fell right off the truck, complete with fresh citrus salsa.
    Make pork tacos with pineapple salsa
  • Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle Mayonnaise 9 of 27
    Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle Mayonnaise
    Or, if you want a seafood version, these fish tacos are filled with crunchy vegetables and topped with spicy mayonnaise.
    Make fish tacos with mayonnaise
  • Burgers with Blue Cheese Spread & Slaw 10 of 27
    Burgers with Blue Cheese Spread & Slaw
    These juicy burgers are a food truck classic and are a cinch to make for any family gathering.
    Make burgers with blue cheese
  • The Street Steak Sandwich 11 of 27
    The Street Steak Sandwich
    This two-fister steak sandwich is the best way to satisfy a hungry crowd at home.
    Make a steak sandwich
  • Chicago-style Hot Dogs 12 of 27
    Chicago-style Hot Dogs
    These hot dogs are a classic in Chicago. Make one at home if you won't be in the Windy City anytime soon.
    Make Chicago-style hot dogs
  • Korean BBQ Tacos 13 of 27
    Korean BBQ Tacos
    This recent trend in street food is a fusion of Mexican and Korean cuisine and is bound to be a new hit in your house.
    Make Korean BBQ tacos
  • Hot Softed Baked Pretzels 14 of 27
    Hot Softed Baked Pretzels
    These pretzels are so billowy and soft you will want to bake a batch a day!
    Make soft baked pretzels
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    This sauce has a delicious citrusy bite with a hint of floral rosemary will be a huge hit at your table.
    Make cranberry sauce with grapefruit and rosemary
  • Baja Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa 16 of 27
    Baja Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa
    Can't make it to baja? No problem! Enjoy these amazing tacos at home with this simple recipe.
    Make fish tacos with mango salsa
  • Pulled Pork Tacos 17 of 27
    Pulled Pork Tacos
    This classic bbq tacos are so simple to make and the whole family loves them. Don't forget the guacamole!
    Make pulled pork tacos
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    This sauce has a delicious citrusy bite with a hint of floral rosemary will be a huge hit at your table.
    Make cranberry sauce with grapefruit and rosemary
  • Simple Taco Truck Tacos 19 of 27
    Simple Taco Truck Tacos
    The simplest recreation of a taco truck is incredibly simple and tasty!
    Make simple taco truck tacos
  • Veggie Gyros 20 of 27
    Veggie Gyros
    These delicious veggie gyros are warm and tasty and better than just about anything found in a food truck!
    Make veggie gyros
  • Cinnamon Roasted Almonds 21 of 27
    Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
    These sweet nuts are so alluringly fragrant, you should probably make one batch for yourself before you give 'em away.
    Make cinnamon roasted almonds
  • Nutella Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream 22 of 27
    Nutella Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream
    Dessert food trucks often offer an amazing array of cupcake flavors. These Nutella cupcakes are a particular favorite.
    Make Nutella cupcakes
  • Jumbo Brownies 23 of 27
    Jumbo Brownies
    My favorite New York treats truck serves the most amazing brownies. These are a close second!
    Make jumbo brownies
  • Apple Beignets 24 of 27
    Apple Beignets
    These classic beignets are a common European street food that have made their way across the pond. Next time you see a Waffles & Beignets truck, be sure to stop!
    Make apple beignets
  • Toasted Marshmallow Milkshakes 25 of 27
    Toasted Marshmallow Milkshakes
    Our local dessert truck offers amazing milkshakes. With this recipe now I can make something similar — at home!
    Make marshmallow milkshakes
  • Red Velvet Whoopie Pies 26 of 27
    Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
    The perfect two-bite treat, these tasty whoopie pies are a popular offering at bakery trucks.
    Make red velvet whoopie pies
  • Cherry Swirl Ice Cream Cone 27 of 27
    Cherry Swirl Ice Cream Cone
    These delicious cherry swirl cones are as flavorful as the ones sold at gourmet ice cream trucks — and a cinch to make at home!
    Make cherry swirl ice cream cone

Photo: Angie McGowan

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