A review of one of Derby’s newest food pop-ups, Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, serving up authentic Mexican street food for collection or delivery
Update (January 2022) – Let’s Taco ‘Bout It is currently on residency at the Mixing House in Derby.
I’ve been stalking Let’s Taco ‘Bout It Derby online ever since I discovered them on Instagram, and have heard glowing reviews from my friends. Not living in their delivery radius, and with all the restrictions we’ve faced over the last year meant I haven’t been able to try them until recently but OMG I’m glad I finally have.
This popular Mexican street food takeaway service gets booked up weeks in advance so if you want a weekend slot you do need to be pretty organised. It’s much easier to get a weekday slot and luckily for me that coincided with my return to work. You have to book a slot by sending a DM or WhatsApp, and then send your order through by midday on the day.
The hardest part was actually choosing what to have, everything on the menu sounded so good! I plumped for chips and dips, two different flavours of tacos and halloumi fries which all came to £21 (a pound of which is donated straight to MIND charity). I paid by bank transfer in advance or you can pay cash on delivery/collection. All the communication was really clear and organised. You collect from a residential address in Little Eaton, less than five minutes’ drive from the Starbucks roundabout. Mia, the owner, came out to my car wearing a mask and explained how I could reheat the food (since I was driving back to Chesterfield and collecting my little girl from nursery en route).
The smell driving home was immense. In fact, hungry from a long day at work, it was pretty torturous! That feeling became even more agonising as I crawled on to a stationary M1. I don’t know about you, but sitting still on a motorway is one of my all time pet peeves. The way your heart sinks with disappointment knowing it could be hours before you are home is a feeling I have experienced far too many times and I hate it.
Anyway, reader, I caved. The smell was just too good so I cracked open the halloumi fries which were still delightfully warm. Crispy, salty, squeaky cheese is my all time favourite. But coupled with the sweet pops of pomegranate seeds and it was another level of amazingness. It’s far from glamorous, but I bet I was the happiest person in that queue as I devoured those halloumi fries.
Once I was finally home we got on with the rest of the feast. The chips and dips proved an excellent starter as I reheated the tacos as instructed. The tortilla chips were clearly homemade and exceptionally light, crispy and perfectly seasoned. They were served with four house dips, all of which are made freshly each day by Let’s Taco ‘Bout It. My favourites were the chilli and mango salsa and the fresh guacamole.
For the tacos I ordered the spicy buttermilk chicken which come with chipotle mayo, cheese, sweet piquant pepper and jalapenos, and the barbacoa beef brisket which is served with chimichurri, guacamole and pink onions. Both exquisitely presented in soft tacos. They survived the long car journey and reheating well and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole meal. Next time I would definitely want to try the halloumi, chilli and mango tacos and the jalapeno poppers.
Overall, Let’s Taco ‘Bout It genuinely impressed me and definitely lived up to the hype. Their customer service was friendly and professional but the real star of the show was of course the food. Authentic Mexican street food with an emphasis on fresh, quality ingredients. They are a very welcome addition to Derby’s food scene and I most definitely would buy again. There’s a good range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. All the meat is ‘Red Tractor’ assured which means it is British, traceable, and farmed with care. Look out for monthly specials such as their recent South American evening.
Based Little Eaton, Let’s Taco ‘Bout It deliver to Derby city centre and lots of local towns including Coxbench, Holbrook, Horsley, Duffield, Allestree, Quarndon, Belper, Darley Abbey, Breadsall, Chaddesden, Morley, Stanley, Denby, Mickleover, Mackworth and Oakwood. Maximum delivery charge is £4 (with most of this list costing just £3). Find them on Facebook or Instagram.