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Feb 1, 2014 10:37 AM

Mole Tater Tots @ Amor Y Tacos

The Mole Tater Tots at Amor Y Tacos may be one of the most crave-worthy things I've eaten in a while.

Mole sauce, queso fresco, onions, sour cream (and something else I'm forgetting) all ladled generously over a bed of crunchy, hot tater tots. It's smoky, a bit bitter in a good way, and with a good wallop of salty, sweet, and sour as you work-through each mouthful.

I'd imagine this is what mother's all over Oaxaca must've fed their children if they were able to buy bags of Ore-Ida.

In any event, good stuff. Actually, wonderful stuff. Just wonderful.

Oh, and their Doritos Chilaquiles aren't bad either, except it bordered on a bit too much like "college-frat boy drunk food". Not that that's a bad thing, per se, but sometimes you just want regular "college frat boy food".

Amor Y Tacos.

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  1. Would this also work on quality French fries, not overly well cooked?
    Maybe in lieu of Chili fries?
    Inquiring minds.
    And where did you come up with that Doritos thought?
    Must have been one of those....

    4 Replies
    1. re: carter

      Mole fries are actually quite common.

      Buzzara Capital makes a good rendition of mole fries.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Had never heard of the place, but found it to be in Whittier.
        I have not even been in the 562 area code in the past year.
        Not sure whether that drive would be worth it for any type of food, without some other justification also involved.
        But thanks for the info. Maybe one of these years...

        1. re: carter

          Lots of interesting stuff going on in the 562. Lots.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            hi ipse, this sounds great! :>

            and please do share more about the 562. thnx! :>

    2. Oh geez. I saw a write up about them a while back, thought they looked crave worthy - and know I know they are.

      Darn you Ipsedixit! Another road trip to plan for.

      How would you say they compare to the Ooey Goey fries at Chego (which I haven't had either. Just on my naughty wish list).

      Ooey Gooey Fries
      beer-battered, w/ sour cream sambal, monterey jack and cheddar cheese, cotija, chillies, cilantro and pickled garlic $6

      Thanks for the reports!

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      1. re: happybaker

        Dunno, never had them (yet).

        Maybe you can do both and report back? You only live once, right?

        1. re: ipsedixit

          The Chego fries are way closer to me (and thus much more dangerous.) But the tots sound like they'd be the more complex taste of the two.

          I'll put both on my wish list and report back. (And schedule more exercise time...!)

      2. Hand-made tater tots? Or store-bought?

        5 Replies
          1. re: BacoMan

            Is there such a thing as hand-made tater tots?

            I thought they were a recent (say 1940-1950) invention, always mass made by machines.

            1. re: Scotty

              Yes, there are. I had hand-made tater tots at the R Gang Eatery in San Diego. Fucking phenomenal. Anyone doing them ought to be making them by hand to be taken seriously.

              1. re: Scotty

                There are quite a few places that make bespoke tater tots (eg Nick & Stefs, Barney Greengrass, Umami Burger, Dog Haus, etc) but honestly most do not taste that much better, if at all, than store-bought ones.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Hmm, have to disagree I guess. I thought the bespoke tater tots I had were a grand improvement over the pre-packaged/frozen variety.

                  Guess that must just be me. I'll still go try the mole tater tots at Amor y Tacos though.

            2. This sounds pretty good.

              1. Tater Tots with Mole would HAVE to be one of the most perfect "fusion" foods ever. Thanks to Ipse for the great description and account.

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                1. re: Tripeler

                  Speaking of "fusion" ... I once dated someone who described tater tots as "American gnocchi"

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Sounds way off to me. Tater tots are not at all made from paste, and they are crunchy as well. However, tater tots in a thick carbonara sauce with lots of black pepper sounds pretty good.

                    1. re: Tripeler

                      But I'd definitely date an Italian chick.

                      And that's really the main and central point that really matters.

                      Nuff said.

                      1. re: kevin

                        Who was talking about an Italian woman? Ipse didn't reveal the sex nor the nationality of the person dated. And I was only talking about food....