Wales’ Original Mexican Street food company

El Salsa is a Mexican Street Kitchen. Cooking up tasty, wholesome Mexican street food. Bringing a taste of Mexico to Wales since 2012. After rocking the nomadic lifestyle for the past 6 years serving food all around Wales from our colourful food truck, we have finally decided to lay down some roots & opened our first El Salsa Eatery in our home town of Cardigan! All our creations are fresh, vibrant & healthy! Everything is made from scratch, using only the freshest, quality ingredients, from home grown chilli’s to free range locally reared Chicken & Pork. Our mission is to provide fresh & delicious food at a fast pace without compromising on quality or flavour! With every element homemade & served with Love!

Our whole menu is available to EAT IN or TAKEAWAY. We’re very casual dining/Street food stylie. We don’t take bookings unless your a large table over 8. We have some indoor seating & outdoor seating. During off “peak times” we are able to take phone orders for collection between 4 – 6pm & 8 – 9pm. Otherwise  just come on down & order at the till.

Call us to place your order on 01239 613705


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El Salsa, 4CG Carpark, Pwllhai, Cardigan. SA43 1DB



4.00pm – 9.00pm





Where We're At

We're staying put for a while, to focus all our energy on our new Eatery!

Thursday, Friday & Saturdays 4pm - 9pm
***I’m afraid we’re unavailable for private hire this year & next year (2018 & 2019) as we are taking the big leap into setting up our first permanent El Salsa eatery this spring!!!
So we are focusing all our energy into creating a cool, vibrant, functioning space for people to come feast, dine & takeaway our Mexican delights for years to come!***

Planning a wedding or party & want something a bit different?

The El Salsa experience will leave your guests talking long after the party’s over! Our team of talented chefs will provide a delicious memorable dining experience for you & all your guests, whatever the occasion, where ever the location.

Whether it’s a laid back street food style service your after or a more formal sit down banquet. We can take care of all aspects of your big day, including the crockery & glass hire if you fancy the more elegant soiree.

Even though Mexican is our niche. All types of cuisine can be catered for, from a family style Lebanese feast to the next day hangover cure breakfast. We can create a bespoke menu specifically designed to your wishes.

We can cater from either our cool hand crafted pop up Mexican kitchen, creating a fun street food vibe. Your venues own kitchen, or from the comfort of your own home. Last year we also introduced ‘The El Salsa Bar‘ Our beautiful wooden pop up bar! We can offer all sorts of packages including delicious hand crafted cocktails. We make a mean Margarita!!

We are happy to travel within a 25 mile radius of SA43 1RN free of charge. Any further we charge £2 per mile to cover staff & travel costs.

Unfortunately we do not take booking throughout the summer school holidays, as we are super busy with our local takeaway spot.

Our story

Laura Elsaesser, our Founder is a qualified professional chef, who has worked in the industry for over 15 years. Fresh out of catering college at a ripe age of 18, she hoped on a plane & crossed the Atlantic to the bright lights of the NYC. She enjoyed 3 fun filled years learning & cooking alongside her Latino co-workers/family who first introduced her to the fresh exciting world of Mexican flavour!

She’s worked in various establishments around the world, from Millionaire members only yacht clubs in Greenwich, Connecticut. High end Mountain top restaurants in Stowe, Vermont. To beach side cafes’s in Waipu cove. New Zealand. On returning back to her home town of Cardigan, west Wales. She worked in a couple local places. But with her great love for travelling & Festivals, the growing annoyance of being confined within 4 walls of a hot, stuffy kitchens all summer long. Plus the lack of fresh tasty home made takeaway options on offer in her local area, got her thinking. She envisioned the idea of El Salsa – The mobile Mexican kitchen! . Building this company would enable her to create her dream job & fulfill her passion for cooking fresh, tasty, honest food, mixing it up at different exciting locations up & down the country. Plus offering her local area a new exciting takeaway option during pop ups throughout the year.

It wasn’t long before she bought a second hand trailer, converted it with the help of some wonderful friends & El Salsa was born!

The inspiration for the name randomly came about by a friend who couldn’t spell her rather complicated surname!

Our prep kitchen is based on a small holding in Felinwynt, where we are lucky enough to have lots of space to grow our own tomatoes, Chilli’s, Tomatillos, salad & herbs. Anything we can’t grow we source locally where possible. We have teamed up with T.Samways Butchers in Cardigan, who source us our free range, locally reared chicken & Pork. We pop up locally a couple of days a week during school holidays, bringing a taste of Mexico to the wild West!

We’re a resident trader with Street Food Cardiff & trade in our country’s capital, whenever they magic up a pop up!

Being kind to our planet s high up on our list! We only use Bio degradable takeaway containers. We operate a no waste policy, everything is recycled, composted or eaten! Any leftover salsa is turned into our El Salsa Tomato & chilli chutney.

We’re chuffed to have been finalists for the ‘Best street food’ category in the Wales Food Awards 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018!

And WINNERS of the “Best Mexican Establishment” 2018!!!

Contact Us

If you have any questions ask us here! Alternatively, you can call us on 07772 610561 or email

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