Food Lover's Confessional: Potato Taco Edition

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There's a group of bloggers, journalists and lovers of food who go around sampling various kinds of tacos. The Taco Task Force, as it's called, was set up by Mexican food expert/professional saxophonist/Rick Bayless detractor Bill Esparza and has gone on a few specialized runs around the greater Los Angeles area.

One of the runs was an ill-fated potato-taco tour, in which they stumbled out of the third restaurant and nearly refused to go to the fourth. To hear them tell it, all of the tacos they sampled were spectacularly bad. Their conclusion? No good potato tacos to be had.

When I hear this story, I have to repress the fact that I love one of the least authentic, least healthy, least anything potato tacos in OC. Yes, dear readers, I love the potato tacos at Chronic. It's the bastard stepchild of the menu despite being far better than the fatty tacos they sell by the carload, but every time I put my order in, people in line behind me start asking what it is and putting in orders of their own.

It's just a fried tortilla shell filled with mashed potatoes (probably from a box), then fried and stuffed with cheese. I don't care that they're bad any more than I care that Taco Bell's beef filling is only 34 percent meat. I get the spiciest red salsa they have and the salt shaker and just mow through the plate. While there are better, more authentic potato tacos in town, such as Fonda la Meche, Los Chilangos or El Rincón Chilango, these are the ones I love.

Shhhh . . . don't tell the Los Angeles food cognoscenti. I'll lose food credibility.

Chronic Tacos have too many locations to list here. Visit the website at www.eatchronictacos.com.

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Christian
Christian

I'll keep the amazing potato tacos at Amorelia Mexican cafe to myself.

BUtiful
BUtiful

as a vegetarian, i've experienced my share of potato tacos in orange county...and as a mexican, i prefer them authentic, so i don't think chronic cantinas tacos would fulfill that preference. but i do highly recommend La Torta Caliente's potato taquitos and Pico De Gallo's potato tacos...they are delicious and taste like something my mother would do at home.

foodgps
foodgps

Shocking revelation, Dave. Don't tell Bill or he'll aim the potato gun in your direction.

LT
LT

I second Jalapenos and also add Tacos Jalisco in Orange.

Cindy
Cindy

You should try the potato tacos at Jalapenos in Tustin. Pretttty good

QueerInMySoup.com
QueerInMySoup.com

Sounds like pure, shameless deep fried carb-on-carb action at its finest ...

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