Hello and welcome back to Business Briefcase! This week we are going to focus on Latin cuisine by highlighting two local, family-owned businesses. The next time you’re looking to satisfy that craving for tacos, homemade tortillas or looking for a caterer for your next event, make sure to check out and support these West Valley businesses.
Leyva’s Tacos Owners: Stephanie Holguin and Rogelio Leyva
This taco truck and catering company is the definition of a family-owned business. The husband-and-wife co-owners, Stephanie Holguin and Rogelio Leyva, opened their business in 2017 but were able to commit to it full time in 2019. Their children also work on the truck by helping take orders and serving customers.
After Leyva worked with his father in a catering business for more than 16 years in California, he moved to Arizona and went from catering events for his friends and family to pursuing his dream of buying a food truck and catering private parties and events.
Leyva’s Tacos can be found primarily in Buckeye, but it posts every Monday on its social media accounts to let customers know where to find them. The menu boasts items like tacos, quesadillas, birria and homemade aguas frescas. Customers can choose from carne asada, chicken, al pastor, cabeza, tripas, carnitas and lengua as their choice of meat.
Holguin said she’s excited to see the business grow and continue to get the support from the community as they travel and cater throughout the Valley.
“We are a family-owned and family-operated business. It’s literally our immediate family — husband, wife and my girls. We stick to our community and support our community and our events, and we are a very small business that’s trying to grow,” she said.
For more information or to book an appointment for Leyva’s Tacos catering, visit leyvastacos.com. Also follow its Instagram and Facebook pages @leyvastacos for information on where it will be week to week.
Taqueria Las Brasas
Owners: Priscilla and Jesus Sanchez
While the pandemic may have put the dreams of opening a business on hold for some, others took it as an opportunity to take the leap of faith.
Priscilla and Jesus Sanchez did just that by taking their savings and opening Taqueria Las Brasas in November 2020. This pop-up shop is open every Thursday and Sunday in Buckeye off Watson and Yuma roads.
Any additional locations each week can be found through social media updates on Instagram @Taqueria_lasbrasas and Facebook @TaqueriaLasBrasas.
Taqueria Las Brasas offers street tacos with the choice of carne asada or al pastor, served on either homemade flour tortillas or yellow corn tortillas. The pastor is marinated for 24 hours with a homemade marinade, cooked on a shawarma, which its owners say is the authentic way to cook al pastor. They also offer homemade agua de horchata and agua de mango. The couple said they initially started their business because they believed Buckeye needed authentic Mexican street tacos.
“My husband has always loved to cook. His dream has been to open up a taco spot and slowly open a restaurant,” Priscilla said. “Thinking back now, the pandemic opened our eyes and gave us that push to not be scared of failing and have the courage to try something we really want. We are just two people who love making delicious food for everyone and while also giving the best customer service at the same time.”