Lick It Up Austin

Emma Cain

Mexican Street Food – But Vegan

Lick it Up is a vegan food truck with three locations in Austin! Edgar Delfin started Lick it Up in 2017 in El Paso, Texas. Edgar Delfin’s goal was to emulate traditional Mexican flavors and dishes while remaining 100% plant based. Edgar’s food is not only really tasty, but it really popular too. He has been featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners Drive-ins and Dives television show, and on Vice. I personally don’t usually go for vegan options, but Edgar really is cooking up some delicious food out of his trucks.

What Lick it Up is most known for is the Carne Asada. It is reconstituted Textured Vegetable Protein, with a blend of spices and sautéed vegetables which actually has a really similar texture to meat and is jam packed with flavor. They serve this in multiple forms too! My favorite was the Carne Asada fries which was topped with vegan queso, tomatoes, avocado sauce, coconut crema, toreado, and the carne asada bland. I was skeptical about the coconut crema at first on french fries, but it was especially delicious and offered a light and creamy contrast to the dish.

We also enjoyed the Gorditas which came in a corn masa shell that was perfectly crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. It was filled with your choice of protein (we picked carne asada), black beans, shredded cabbage, sliced tomato, coconut crema, avocado sauce and a choice of side. We got the crispy sauteed brussels sprouts which had great texture, and we dipped them in the spicy sauces on the side.

Lastly, we got to try the Tacos de Alambre. It was served build-your-own taco style. The dish was a heaping portion of carne asada with mushroom chorizo, green bell peppers, onions and tomatoes all covered in melted vegan cheese, served with avocado sauce, cilantro and lime. This is just another variation of a dish using their vegan carne asada. Lick it Up has other protein options too though. They have the mushroom chorizo, Seitan Milanesa (which is like a breaded ‘steak’), and Adobada (which is ‘meat’ marinated in a red chili sauce), all of which are vegan as well.

The demand for vegan and vegetarian options has been increasing not only in Austin, Texas, but around the world. Lick it Up is a unique spot that maintains that flavors of Mexico throughout their menu while sticking to only lant based options. I was really impressed with how versatile plant based meat can be, and Edgar really knows how to create meatless options that remain true to the flavors of Mexico and are unarguably delicious.