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Get An Early Taste Of The U.S.'s Only Guatemalan Hot Dog Truck This Weekend

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El Chuchon with Spanish chorizo from the El Shuko Truck (via Instagram)
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A Guatemalan hot dog truck is heading to L.A. soon and you can get an early taste of its unique flavors this weekend. The El Shuko Truck has been circling the streets of Las Vegas for sometime, and they'll be making the permanent move to L.A. at some point in the new year, reports L.A. Magazine. According to writer Bill Esparza—who is well versed in such things—the truck is the only one of its kind in the U.S. And while they've been doing some recon in L.A. with occasional visits over the past year, this Saturday and Sunday will be your last chance to sample the truck's offerings until their move.

The truck specializes in Guatemalan hot dogs, known as shucos, which offer distinctive Central American twists on a classic dog like the signature el chapin, which features a beef frank, guacamol (avocado spread), mayo, boiled cabbage, mustard and ketchup. Or you can swap the beef dog for a spicy Guatemalan longaniza sausage or pork adobo. There's also a delicious-sounding cherote dog, which includes Argentinian-style and Guatemalan chimichurri. The dogs are served on a toasted bun or you can opt for mixtas, which offer the same ingredients only wrapped in a corn tortilla—or as Esparza calls it "a hot dog taco."


Besides the shucos and mixtas, the truck also dishes up traditional Guatemalan street food, which includes beet and ground meat tostadas known as enchiladas, small corn husk tamales known as chuchitos, bean tostadas with guacamol, and many other delicious-looking treats, including specials like ceviche:

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The El Shuko Truck will be parked at 1025 E. 54th St., South Park, (702) 927-7625, this Saturday, December 12 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, December 13 from noon to 8 p.m.

And here's a look at their colorful truck so you'll know it when you see it: