One of the most amazing things about the food truck revolution that is currently taking El Paso by storm is the opportunity to try so many unique meals from all over the world. One of El Paso’s newest trucks, 915 Top Chef is a perfect example. Last weekend I was driving near Mesa and Remcon street when I noticed their “Argentinian Food” sign. So of course, my curiosity got the best of me and I had to stop by.
The truck is owned and managed by Joseph Ortega, who has been a chef for 16 years. He opened the 915 Top Chef back in October and already has a five-star rating on his Facebook page. And rightfully so. The main dish on the menu: stuffed empanadas. In case you do not know what an empanada is (bless your soul), it’s essentially bread or a pastry stuffed with a variety of different ingredients and then baked or fried. At 915 Top Chef, they have four different varieties: Chicken (saute peppers, onions, and chicken breast); Spinach (saute peppers, onions, spinach and mozzarella cheese); Beef (saute ground beef, peppers, onions, and green olives); Corn (saute peppers, onions, mozzarella cheese and yellow corn), as well as their lent special which is stuffed with crab, shrimp and tuna. It comes served with a side of homemade chimichurri sauce.
They say first impressions are everything, and well these puppies came fully stuffed, so needless to say, I was impressed from the get-go. The corn empanada with melty mozzarella was packed with so much flavor and the bread complimented everything so well. The Chicken and Spinach empanadas quickly made my “must come back when I’m not so full” list. I also definitely appreciated how I was able to taste all of the individual sauteed ingredients. In my opinion, it takes a great chef to be able to accomplish that.
While the menu currently has four different empanadas, Chef Ortega told me that he will occasionally make a special batch, such as the crab, shrimp, and tuna or the pizza empanada. Also on the menu is the Milanessa Napolitana, which comes with breaded and deep-fried steak smothered in marinara sauce, then topped with provolone cheese and sliced tomatoes.
Other traditional Argentinian menu items include the Choripan (Chorizo Argentino, provolone cheese, sliced tomatoes, chimichurri sauce on white garlic bread.) The Chimichurri Chicken, which is grilled chicken breast, cooked Argentinean style, and the Asado de Tira, which are seasoned short ribs and chimichurri sauce.
The empanadas are $3 each or $10 for all four. The Choripan and Chimichurri Chicken are $6 and the Milanesa Napolitana and Asado de Tira are $8.
915 Top Chef is a newcomer to the growing food truck scene in El Paso and they’ve clearly started out with a delicious bang. You’re going to want to keep an eye on their rotating menu. Give them a try, or several.
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