Puffy Tacos Hit the Big Time

7 Aug

Los Barrios and La Hacienda de Los Barrios are both excellent Tex Mex eateries in San Antonio. They are most famous for a dish called the Puffy Taco. It’s essentially traditional taco filling housed in a tortilla that has been deep fried until “puffy.”

Last night we watched “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” and we were pleasantly surprised that they devoted an entire show to the puffy taco. Flay did his best to compete, but in the end he was no match for Diana Barrios Trevino and her fresh masa tortillas. It’s not unusual that Flay loses in these competitions, but he normally holds his own. This time he was blown away — some people found his peanut sauce a bit too non-traditional, while others claimed his puffy tacos were too crisp and crunchy. Congrats to Diana and long live the mighty puffy taco!

The San Antonio Missions Pro Baseball Club has a Puffy Taco mascot    

Here’s Diana’s recipe so you can make your own puffy tacos:

PUFFY TACOS

3 cups corn tortilla mix
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 1/4 cups warm water

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. When the dough is consistent begin rolling dough balls about the size of a ping pong ball. Using a tortilla press that is lined in a thick plastic, press out the dough. You use the plastic (it can be a ziploc bag that has been cut) so that the dough does not stick to the tortilla press. Meanwhile have a deep pot filled with cooking oil approximately 2 inches high and heated to 250 degrees. Drop the flat tortilla in the hot oil and using a metal spatula repeatedly douse with the oil. You will see that it will begin to puff up. Flip it over and using the spatula make an indention in the middle of the tortilla to forma taco shape. Remove from oil and allow to drain. Fill with ground meat, shredded chicken, guacamole, bean and cheese or your favorite filling. Top with shredded lettuce and diced tomato.

Caution: Be very careful when making these. Make sure there is proper ventilation and do not allow the oil to get too hot. Also, if you can’t get your hands on a tortilla press then use a clean counter. You will still need the plastic so that the dough does not stick to the counter. Place your dough ball on the plastic and cover with more plastic and then using something heavy to press it out.

www.lhdlb.com – Website for La Hacienda De Los Barrios in San Antone

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