Are you a fan of food truck fare? Join the club and check out these delicious and downright naughty recipes inspired by America’s favorite food trucks!
Food Truck-Inspired Recipes for Serious Foodies ONLY
Okay, so you don’t have to be a serious foodie to check out these recipes, but I love you even more if you were! Since the birth of the Kogi Truck in 2008 (let it be known that Chef Roi is king!), specialty food trucks have popped up in every state and neighborhood in the country! That inspires me to come up with a list of mouthwatering and outrageously flavorful food truck-inspired recipes so we can all experience a state fair food in the comfort of our home. You’ll enjoy these recipes as much I do!
1. Ham, Cheese, Egg & Lemon Sandwiches
This delectable breakfast recipe is brought to you by chef Elizabeth Morehead from The Big Egg. Chef Elizabeth takes a traditional breakfast sandwich and turns it into something unbelievably gourmet and delicious with the addition of lemon curd.
2. Momofuku’s Steamed Buns
Momofuku is one of the most popular and sought-after places to eat in one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world and it’s all thanks to these lovely little pork buns. This dish is a modern take on a classic oriental dish that normally features Peking duck and pancakes. This recipe swaps out the duck for roasted pork belly and pancakes for steamed buns. The rest is, as they say, history.
3. Korean Style Tacos
This recipe is inspired by the one and only Kogi BBQ truck! The food truck to rule all food trucks got its start in 2008 and quickly found its way to stardom with in the guise of Mexican-Korean fusion fare. The result is traditional Mexican street tacos with Korean BBQ short ribs instead of carnitas. Don’t keep your stomach waiting any longer!
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4. New Orleans Food Truck Fries
These fries are a New Orleans-style take on an Austin, Texas dish. These fries are baked and covered in Creole seasoning, parsley, and Parmesan cheese. If you’re a fan of food truck fries, this is my dedication to you.
5. Cornbread Waffles with Chili
This dish is inspired by the cornbread waffles served at Hippie Momma’s in San Antonio, Texas, and also happens to be the most popular dish there (and with good reason). You can definitely forgo the chili if you’re looking for a sweet dish, but I recommend trying it the way it was meant to be tried first before making your own version.
6. Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches with Bacon, Cheddar & Green Onion
It’s easy to pass this dish off as “just another clever waffle sandwich”, but upon closer inspection, you’ll find that what sets this waffle sandwich apart from the pack is the batter. Jonathan Melendez sets his waffle apart by incorporating green onions, bacon, and cheddar into the batter, transforming a waffle into something our taste buds have never before tried.
7. Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Tacos
Food truck fare is wacky and this recipe is the perfect example of that! Savory tacos are delicious, but chocolate-dipped tacos? Well, now you’re just making me blush. These dessert tacos still have that satisfying crunch you expect from hard shell tacos, just with the addition of sugar, chocolate, and more sugar!
8. Grilled Korean BBQ Short Rib Dogs
I find it tough to describe Korean short ribs because their taste is unbelievable and difficult to capture in words. Korean short ribs, also known as kalbi, is tenderized beef that’s been soaking in a complex and sweet marinade. This recipe has that one-of-a-kind flavor with the addition of spicy Korean chile slaw and sweet peach relish!
9. Brisket Grilled CheeseTexas Beef Brisket Melt
This recipe is a good try when you crave for Mad Maui BBQ’s heart-stopping Texas Beef Brisket Melt. It tastes as good as the real thing. This recipe also doesn’t call for caramelized onion but feel free to add some if you want. I love decadent sandwiches like this as it reminds me of state fair foods, which are normally fatty, fried, and delicious!
10. Fried Calamari Sandwich
This is the golden age of seafood as more recipes are turning towards proteins like lobster and squid. In this recipe, fried calamari is the main star. The breading is delicate, yet pronounced, and the calamari itself is tender–just the way you like it! If you’re throwing a get-together or BBQ, I highly recommend bringing this dish along as it’s light and perfect for every palate.
11. Deep Fried S’Mores
The best thing about state fairs is the selection of naughty, indulgent food (that also happens to be one of our guiltiest pleasures). This S’mores recipe is a representative of the creativity and fun behind food truck fare. If you’re looking for a dessert that’s going to make you audibly yip in happiness, you’ll find it in these golden nuggets.
12. Backyard Jerk Chicken
Jerk chicken can be hard to master at home since it’s a specific flavor profile that can require ingredients such as pimento wood. This recipe, however, makes it easy to put together and master. The best part about this is that the texture and taste of the chicken taste just like the jerk chicken you’d find in Jamaica.
13. Spicy Korean Chili Ramen Noodles
Mmm, ramen! The versatility of ramen is what makes it one of my favorite dishes ever! Ramen can be made with any vegetables, fillings, or additions, making it a great dish to serve at dinner or whenever friends and family are over. This ramen recipe is made even better with the addition of Korean chili sauce which is savory, sweet, and did I mention how hot it is?
14. Cuban Sandwiches
The Cuban sandwich is the king of sandwiches as it’s made with 2 (sometimes 3) kinds of meat, melted Swiss cheese, tangy mustard, and pickles. This sandwich is a variation of the American ham and cheese, so if that’s your jam, this will be your new favorite sandwich.
15. Lumpia Shack’s Adobong Pusit
Adobong Pusit is a squid dish prepared in the traditional Filipino adobo method. The adobo method means that the squid is boiled in soy sauce and vinegar, and then later sauteed in garlic, onions, and tomatoes. Adobong Pusit is a great breakfast or lunch dish as it’s light and made up of flavors that are inviting and invigorating.
16. The Dogzilla Dog
The infamous Dogzilla Dog! The Dogzilla Dog is brought to you by the Dogzilla food truck in Southern California. Dogzilla’s menu features Japanese-inspired hot dogs that are, as their site claims, “not your typical wiener.” The Dogzilla Dog is made with a beef frank, grilled onions, avocado, Japanese mayo, teriyaki sauce, furikake (seasoning made with dried fish and spices), and bacon bits.
17. Bernie’s Homeroom Burger
The Homeroom Burger is served at Bernie’s Burger Bus in Houston, Texas. This gut-busting heart-stopper is made with fresh-ground Black Angus beef, cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, Chipotle aioli and was then topped with a fried egg making it the most satisfying food-induced coma ever!
18. Urban Spy
This Urban Spy is one of my favorite recipes in this list as it is incredibly imaginative and downright daring. If you’re wondering what the picture is, it’s a baked apple that’s been topped with pulled pork, chives, and almonds.
19. Pendleton Pie
Now, I don’t say this lightly, but pecan pie is one of my go-to pies to make and eat. I love how pecan pies are reminiscent of fall (my favorite season!). What sets the Pendleton Pie apart from any other pecan pie is the chocolate crust and shot of whiskey in the filling.
20. Gluten-Free Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
This recipe may not seem as out of control as the other ones on this list, but don’t be deceived by its demure appearance! This chocolate sandwich cookie packs a sugary punch. The cookies are chocolate ganache and the filling is cookie dough, meaning you’ve just scheduled your Friday night!
21. Spicy Thai Peanut Butter Sandwich
Thai peanut butter sandwiches are a match made in heaven! If you’ve ever tried Thai peanut butter dipping sauce, then this sandwich is for you. The peanut sauce in this recipe is spiced with sriracha, curry, orange marmalade, and basil–classic Thai flavors that we fall head over heels for.
22. Griddled Mac N Cheese
Have you ever wished your mac n cheese was more…portable? Or maybe you’ve always wanted a mac n cheese brick! If so, this wild food truck recipe is for you! Presenting the Griddled Mac N Cheese which, going by the picture, is pretty self-explanatory. My favorite hot sauce to pair with this? Frank’s, of course!
23. Sam’s Lobster Roll
Since Sam’s lobster rolls exploded and started getting featured in restaurants across the country, people are going crazy about it! If you like large chunks of buttery, tender lobster, then you’ll love this sandwich craze!
24. Brown Butter Bacon Ice Cream Sandwiches
I just had to end this list with one of the most decadent, awesome recipes to ever grace the world of food! Browned butter and bacon cookie sandwiches! I understand how enticing this picture is and honestly, you probably stopped reading after the word “Bacon,” so we’ll let you get on with making this recipe. Enjoy! 😉
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If you love food trucks then you must be loving all of these food truck-inspired recipes. These will bring all the madness of your favorite state fair food to your home. These recipes made it easy for you to experience absolute satisfaction when it comes to your favorite guilty pleasures. I’m not pushing you away from your diet plan, I’m just putting your cravings for extremely delicious foods to an end! Share these recipes with your family and friends. I’m pretty sure they’ll be very happy as well!
Which food truck-inspired recipes are you planning to try? Share your experience with me in the comments section below. You might also love these 7 Excellent Deli Sandwiches You Can Make At Home!
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