Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

Kamellos Food Truck

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An Arab taco truck on every corner – especially this one, where you can get Middle Eastern-influenced Arabic tacos (originally from Puebla) & the kamello (from Torreón).

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Fernando Kabande García cooks classic Middle Eastern foods including falafel and stuffed grape leaves, plus some related dishes born here in Mexico, from this food truck on the highway in Ajijic.

The kamello, which is kind of like a pita sandwich stuffed with shawarma, was invented in the early 1980s in the restaurant El Chamuco in Torreón, Coahuila, a region long-influenced by its Middle East immigrants. This dish is relatively unknown outside of specific areas of the country where it’s caught on, such as Torreón.

The taco arabe (Arabic taco) comes from Puebla and has chopped beef, hummus, parsley, bacon, and onion. This dish is more common in Mexico than the kamello but is still regional. Kamellos Food Truck may be the only place lakeside that serves them.

All the dishes at Kamellos Food Truck are served with a green salad and a very fresh-tasting dressing made from cilantro, parsley, basil, garlic, and oil.

Dishes are also served with a dollop of jocoque, which is a mildly fermented cream perfect for cramming into your kamello or taco arabe. Fernando makes it at home with a process that takes 20 hours from the first step of heating the milk to finally letting it hang for 12 hours.

Fernando came from Guadalajara two years ago, though he and members of his family have lived here at Lake Chapala for years. His grandmother comes from Palestine and his former mother-in-law operated a restaurant which sold kamellos in Torreón, which is how he came to own Kamellos Food Truck in Ajijic.

Last updated February 5, 2019

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Carretera Oriente #45 (approx)

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Photos of Kamellos Food Truck

The kamello especial, with beef and cheese in pita bread, a salad, and a scoop of jocoque. The kamello or camello was invented and first sold in the early 1980s in a restaurant in Torreón, in the state of Coahuila in north central Mexico.

The kamello especial, with beef and cheese in pita bread, a salad, and a scoop of jocoque. The kamello or camello was invented in the early 1980s and first sold out of restaurant called Chamuco in Torreón, in the state of Coahuila in north central Mexico.

Stuffed grape leaves with a side salad and a dollop of jocoque. Jocoque is neither sour cream nor Mexican crema, but another dairy product made from fermented milk that is something in between.

Stuffed grape leaves with a side salad and a dollop of jocoque. Jocoque is neither sour cream nor Mexican crema, but another dairy product made from fermented milk that is something in between. The chef makes it at home using a process that takes 20 hours to complete.

A taco arabe: beef, hummus, parsley, and other herbs and spices wrapped in a tortilla and then grilled.

A taco arabe: beef, hummus, parsley, and other herbs and spices wrapped in a tortilla and then grilled.

Falafel: deep fried chickpea balls.

Falafel: deep fried chickpea balls.

The food truck at Kamellos.

The food truck at Kamellos.

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The seating area at Kamellos Food Truck, which has undergone some recent renovations, including a cement slab.

The seating area at Kamellos Food Truck, which has undergone some recent renovations, including a cement slab.

The seating area.

The seating area.

The seating area.

The seating area.

Preparing salads and adding dollops of jocoque to the plates.

Preparing salads and adding dollops of jocoque to the plates.

The salad dressing is a combination of parsley, basil, cilantro, garlic and oil that everybody loves.

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Making hummus.

Making hummus.

Preparing an order to go.

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The seating area.

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The food truck.

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