For the accomplished chef, the array of authentic Mexican food offered via Las Tortugas Food Truck & Catering is certainly something akin to an art form. Each dish is lovingly crafted to reflect as closely as possible the entree’s origins, and no corners are cut in the process.
Anything less just wouldn’t pass muster for the business’ crew of culinary experts, who pride themselves on serving customers flavorful food with zero filler.
After all, it’s a family tradition.
Ramirez’ father has spent close to two decades as a chef, and his experience has proven invaluable to the family’s mobile restaurant venture. The younger Ramirez, his family and friends are following in those footsteps by serving up each and every item with the excellence, craftsmanship and care that reflects their ongoing dedication.
A popular stop for many at the Statehouse Market, read on to find out how the Las Tortugas family’s passion for amazing food is helping the food truck with the distinctive happy tortoise logo stand out in a competitive industry.
Q: Las Tortugas Food Truck & Catering is a family-owned business that offers a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine as well as other items. What are some of the differences between authentic Mexican food and the more Americanized fare available at other restaurants and food trucks?
A: Americanized Mexican is not bad, but it relies on over-seasoned meats and very neutral flavor vegetables to fill out the meal. With authentic Mexican food, we use variety of produce to enhance the flavor of our main item. Cilantro and onions may seem very basic on a taco, but they add a fresh bite that contrasts with the savory meats. Our salsa adds an earthy flavor and a pleasing kick to engage your senses. Even the corn tortilla, which just seems like a mode of delivery to the mouth, has a very rustic grain flavor. No item in Mexican cuisine is used as a filler. Each ingredient brings a unique flavor to enhance the overall dining experience.
Q: How long has your family been involved in the restaurant business? Who are some of the primary people making Las Tortugas a success in Indianapolis?
A: The restaurant industry has always been with my family for as long as I can remember. My family has a passion for cooking and serving people to share our culture and skill. My father expresses that passion the most. Las Tortugas is a product of his 18 years’ experience as a chef and his dream to own his own restaurants. With the help of my mother, uncle, and a few friends, we have been able work efficiently and work more events this year!
Q: What are some of your most popular menu items?
A: Our popular item varies by location. Indianapolis loves La Tortuga torta. Westfield goes crazy for our buttery shrimp tacos. Our chips and guacamole is a favorite for catering.
Q: What do you enjoy most about the Statehouse Market?
A: Statehouse market is a very unique experience for us. Everyone is so nice! The customers, staff, and the other vendors are always friendly. It is also very busy, but very organized compared to other events we have been. The customers are also willing and even excited to try new foods.
Q: What is the most unique item on your menu and how was it created?
A: The most unique item has to be our Tortuga Torta. It is our version of a Mexican torta that we enhanced with a few our own touches. We use panko for our bread chicken, and we made our own spicy sauce called “Torta Sauce.” The pineapple is the real kicker, which brings a sweet and citrusy flavor to every bite!