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Jan 16, 2009 09:38 AM

Do puffy tacos exist outside of Texas?

My husband won't stop talking about puffy tacos...I guess it only takes one episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay to impress him. And rather than hopping on a plane just for the taco, I was wondering if the CHers knew of a local place that serves them. Please help so I can get my husband to stop mentioning he wants to go to Texas just for puffy tacos.


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    1. re: E Eto

      yup, and they are delicious, they also to great cheesy, sauce-laden, gut-bustin Tex-Mex style enchiladas. if fact, if geoge w. ever needs to make a pit stop before a ex-president speech in the orange county or los angeles area, he'll most likely stop here.

      anyhow, the indian style fry bread is super delicious, wonder if i can try it with beans, maybe in that case it'll be like a gordiat.

      1. re: E Eto

        Finally had a chance to go here last week, and they were delicious! The puffy lightly crisp and soft warm interior of the shell were delicious. The Asada was best, and the salsa verde was very good.

      2. Very good and complete prior CH review of Arturo's by pleasure palate (Abby) here:

        1. Thank you so have no idea how happy you have made my husband. Apparently, eating the puffy taco exceeded his dreams...and now he's hooked. I think we'll be coming back here pretty often.

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          1. re: attran99

            And if he should eat too many of them you may end up referring to him as "Puffy Taco Daddy" ;-D

          2. I lived in Texas for many years, including five years in Austin, when I would frequently go down to San Antonio, the apparent home of puffy tacos. Although I've often seen taco shells puff up a bit naturally, I never heard anyone make a big deal about it until I saw the discussions out here.

            That said, I do like Arturo's, which are obviously bred to puff. To my taste, it's nothing earthshaking but very nice, so I'll have to get the original next time I'm in San Antonio and see how they compare. (And I'll also try those Tex-Mex enchiladas at Arturo's. Thanks for the heads-up, Kevin.)

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            1. re: sbritchky

              Had some puffy tacos in San Antonio at some CH recommended places. Was just alright to me, nothing special. Am willing to try Arturo's though.

              1. re: sbritchky

                Meant to add: I like New Mexican puffy frybread -- sopaipillas, both sweet and savory -- much better. I didn't notice whether Arturo's has sweet puffy tacos with honey or ice cream. Anyone?

                1. re: sbritchky

                  i might have an old arturo's menu lying around, maybe i'll check and get back to you on that.

                  suffice to say, the picadillo tacos are pretty darn awesome. after you know it you would have downed nearly a dozen.

                  also, great tex-mex, cheesy enchiladas, and wet, saucy burritos.

              2. I remember having Navajo Tacos all over the southwest (NM and Ariz.) -- are those the same as "puffy tacos"?

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                1. re: katydid13

                  i think they're similar but i'm no authorithy,

                  it's basically Indian fry bread.