Local foodies and vendors come to the Food Truck Rally in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – It was a beautiful day to eat a great meal outside, and many did just that at Cliff’s Amusement Park on Saturday.

A food truck that was on site on the Saturday of the rally shows us the successes and challenges of the business.

Las Chanclitas 2 served music and food to customers at Cliffs Amusement Park. The park was closed but food trucks were open for the Food Truck Rally hosted by the Delectable Baking Company.

Food trucks and local vendors enjoyed the sunny winter afternoon, as did crowds of local foodies.

“Well my mother-in-law started her business a few years ago with Carnitas and things she actually called Las Chanclitas after my two daughters. So there are these two little sandals, if you look at them, they have their names on them. So cute, and that’s how she became very popular,” said Shaina Snell with Las Chanclitas 2 Food Truck.

Snell and her husband run Las Chanclitas 2. She says the original truck became so popular that it was expanded.

She says business has been great since it opened in October.

“It’s super popular just because we added menu items. So we don’t have certain things that she makes, we make pizza birria that we make, like Comabatos, and ours are a little bit different, but we also follow her recipes,” Snell said.

Recipes like the birria tacos. And what is a Pizza Birria, you might ask?

“It’s going to be a 10-inch flour tortilla, and then it’s melted cheese, and then you have the birria meat, which is beef from us. And then you have another tortilla on top, and then he makes a guacamole salsa to go over it, and then cream like sour cream, and then cilantro and onions,” Snell said.

But with the rising cost of everything, she has to spend more time shopping for groceries.

“I’m the one who runs a lot of errands and they set everything up. So I literally go from store to store and then compare prices and get the best deals I can find,” Snell said.

She says they buy in bulk as much as possible to save money as well. Despite the inflation, Snell now loves being her own boss.

“I think it was less stressful. So when you’re in a work environment, follow those rules and the time and all the people, and that really lowers the stress levels,” Snell said.

On the weekends, people can enjoy both downtown food trucks.