A duo of Los Angeles taqueros dubbed the Evil Cooks is headed to Dallas, and they’re bringing a trompo with them that’s as pitch-black as your cold, dark, soul.
Chefs Alex Garcia and Elvia Huerta, better known as the Evil Cooks, will bring their “goth trompo” to Dallas on October 22 for a pop-up dinner in collaboration with Anastacia Quinones, executive chef at Jose. The black trompo, or trompo negro, became a major point of conversation among taco junkies after the dish, prepared at a taqueria in Monterrey, Mexico, appeared on Netflix’s the Taco Chronicles.
After seeing that episode, Alex Garcia decided that he wanted to make his own version and went to the taquero in Monterrey for permission to recreate the dish. According to L.A. Taco, the trompo’s black hue is a natural byproduct of the process of making a spicy paste called recaudo negro, “a traditional Mayan technique of burning chiles to a paste, and flavoring it with spices.” That paste is then slathered all over thin cuts of pork, then the pork is layered onto a spit and grilled vertically with, of course, pineapple on top in keeping with classic trompo.
Scope out a photo of the ridiculously metal creation below:
Dallasites can score their very own taste of this evil trompo at Jose on October 22, when Garcia will be cooking an “unpredictable” taco tasting menu alongside chef Anastacia Quinones. Tickets are $60.