Tlacoyos from Huauchinango Mexican Grill

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Tlacoyos can be filled and topped with just about anything, like these saucy numbers.
Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual Mexican finds in the valley.

This week: Tlacoyos served up by Huauchinango Mexican Grill.

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Two tlacoyos, topped with crema.
¿Como se dice?: Masa is the solid foundation upon which most Mexican food is built, and there's a lot more to be done with it than just pressing it into flat disks for tortillas. At Huauchinango Mexican Grill, they wrap a thick homemade mound of masa around some mashed beans to make tlacoyos.

Thick, griddle fried cakes are common across Latin America. El Salvador has pupusas, Columbia and Venezuela have arepas, and in Mexico, they've got tlacoyos. Tasty little footballs filled with beans, cheese or other ingredients, and topped with all sorts of authentic Mexican goodness, like nopalitos (genuine cactus pads).

(sink your teeth into all the spicy details after the jump)

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Tlacoyos (the stuffed masa boats) and tortillas, fresh on the grill.
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Tlacoyos from Huauchinango Mexican Grill.
La Comida: A platter of tlacoyos from Huauchinango Mexican Grill came stuffed with beans, and topped with all sorts of lovely garnish, including lechuga, tomatillo salsa y queso oaxaca. If you ask nicely, they'll even toss some nopalitos on top (processed prickly pear cactus pads). Two are plenty filling to make a meal of, and will run you about $5. Just make sure to have cash on hand, because presenting plastic at the end of the meal will get you laughed out of the joint.

El Sabor: Tlacoyos are some stick-to-your-ribs Mexican comfort food. The thick masa exterior was light and flavorful, with a bit of a crisp from its time on the grill. Our tlacoyos were filled with mashed beans, although just about anything can fill and top these masa torpedos. For five bucks we left stuffed.

Bring a bit of México to your kitchen: All you need to make tlacoyos from scratch is some masa, a tortilla press, and your filings of choice. We guarantee that even your local Food City will have a basic variation of all of those items, although Ranch Pro Markets still reign king in terms of selection.

Know of any Mexican gems in the valley? Reveal your family secrets in the comment section.


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4 comments
Jasonwiedman
Jasonwiedman

I heard huauchinango's has a new place on longmore and university. In Mesa. Tried it and it was the best Mexican food I ve ever had.

roca
roca

HOLA QUE BUENO Q SE CONOZCA LA COMIDA DE NUESTRO HUAUCHINANGO HERMOSO, APARTE DE LOS TLACOYOS ME ENCANTAN LAS ENCHILADAS VERDES TODO LOS ANTOJITOS MEXICANOS SALUDOS DESDE BRASIL

Mdepinto
Mdepinto

El chavo tortas & tostadas on Mesa & brown. It's amazing.

guest
guest

these look and sound divine! Do you now of any places in the central Phx area that carry them?

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