Erbstoesser was faced with a decision in 2014 when her father, Jose Cervantes, passed away, leaving his food truck Benny’s Corn in need of a new owner.
“As the oldest, it was up to me to figure it out, or sell it,” she said. “I figured he had worked so hard to [get and keep the truck operating] that I could not just let it go. This is not just a business to me; it means so much more.”
In September 2020, Al Chile Taqueria—an extension of Benny’s Corn at 1335 W. Main St.—opened on FM 2920 to continue Cervantes’ legacy. Erbstoesser operates both businesses alongside her family, including her daughter and mother.
Al Chile’s menu features tacos, sandwiches and street corn. Erbstoesser said she is planning to soon offer taco plates and other options like snow cones and Mexican candy.
From its name to menu, almost every detail about Al Chile pays homage to family, she said. After postponing its planned spring 2020 opening due to the pandemic, Al Chile opened Sept. 18, the day of Cervantes’ mother’s birthday.
“Al Chile means ‘bold,’ just like dad’s personality,” Erbstoesser said. “We try to connect everything to him.”
Most menu items are also inspired by a family member, Erbstoesser said. For example, the Black and Decker taco is based on the dream taco of one of her brothers.
While Al Chile currently does not have indoor seating, a small covered patio and large outdoor patio are available as well as catering services.
For Erbstoesser’s mother, San Juana, she said she takes pride in preparing the recipes her husband taught before he died.
“I am proud [Sandy has] kept the tradition going,” San Juana said. “It makes me feel good to see her continue something [dad] started.”
Al Chile Taqueria
16918 FM 2920, Tomball
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., closed Sundays