The Happy Puffy Taco

What is a puffy taco?  That is a question that has been on my mind for like two years.  My dear friend, and who I consider family, finally shared the mystery with me this week!

This is Pam’s recipe, so I will keep it in the family!  BUT don’t worry I won’t leave you hanging.  On the back of a package of instant corn masa flour, there is usually a recipe for making corn tortillas.  She said that recipe is just as good, and very close to what she makes.

You mix together 2 cups of masa, loosely packed, 1/4 tsp salt, and about 1 1/4 cups of water.  You don’t want the mixture too dry, but you don’t want it too wet.  It should have a nice consistency to make into a ball, and when you press it out the edges will not look dry.

A fun trick – cut the sides of a lunch size ziploc bag, to place the ball in between.

You need a large pan about 4 inches deep, you can use vegetable oil or canola oil.  Vegetable is better, it heats up faster.

You want to use a spoon and push oil on the tortilla quickly, you continue to splash oil with the spoon on the top of the tortilla until golden brown, and it will puff up.

I asked what temperature to have the oil, but she said she does not monitor that.  She waits, and adds the tortilla after a certain amount of time.  I believe for most recipes that deal with oil, you want the temperature about 350 degrees F.

NOW Behold the puffy taco!!!

If you are wondering why it is not shaped like a taco, that is because we don’t have the cool contraptions that the restaurants use.  Soooooo…a flat taco, or a tortilla will do us just fine!

Now you all have heard me talk about living in Tucson, Arizona….BUT have I mentioned my favorite restaurants?  There are too many to name, but a couple of them are El Minuto, El Charro, and La Fuente.  When she made this taco for me, so many lovely memories flooded back into my mind.  This taco looks like a gordita, one of my favorite options on La Fuente’s menu.

They put a gordita on a plate and they will top them with your favorite meat.  Then you have to top with some sour cream and homemade hot salsa…..oh man, I miss that delicious restaurant!

Now why do I call it “Happy?”  Because this little taco danced with joy when I placed homemade shredded beef, lettuce, tomatoes, Greek yogurt, and salsa!  I also believe I did a happy dance too!

Thank you to Pam, I finally have enjoyed the delicious puffy taco!!! I kinda may have eaten too much….but I am okay with that!

Have you had a puffy taco, or homemade gordita?

Until next time, Come on it, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

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  • I'm sure this will be as great as the family secret =) Looks delicious!
    •  Thank you so much!!!! :-)
  • Chris
    Wow!  This looks irresistible!  I like the Flat Taco look, myself. Thanks for the step by step pics.  They'll be a great reference for when I try this myself.  And, thanks for visiting my blog!  :)
    •  Thank you so much! I had fun making these delicious tacos:-) Take care, Terra
  • Keia Mastrianni
    You had me at happy....it looks delicious and I have to say I've been waiting to see the puffy taco since you posted about it on Facebook. I was intrigued. 
    •  You are one of the happiest friends I have, so I think you would adore these fun "Happy" tacos! I hope you enjoy! Sending hugs:-)
  • Aw! That puffy taco does look very happy. And rather tasty!
    •  They were very tasty indeed:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • looks so good! we call these fried arepas! YUM! 
    •  It is fun to learn about food.... I know in Tucson they called them Gorditas.  I love learning that this is basically a Arepas.  Thanks for sharing:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Junia Kim
    i think they call them arepas! they stuff them with all sorts of goods, kind of like pita pockets, but fried and made with corn flour aka masa!
    •  It is funny, that is what Nelly said too, that they would be called Arepas.  When I was in Tucson AZ, they called them Gorditas, and stuffed them with your favorite meat. Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Karriann Graf
    Ooohh... I can keep secrets! The taco looks fab by the way ;) "Spice It Up"
  • Karriann Graf
    Ooohh... I can keep secrets! The taco looks fab by the way ;) "Spice It Up"
    •  Thank you so much!!! Hugs, Terra
  • Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan
    My husband is going to lose his mind over this! Thank you!
    •  Oh my friend, your hubby will be soooooo happy! These tacos are simply delcious:-) Hugs, Terra
  • OMG forget Maria Bonita!!!!!!! I'm headed to your place for Mexican!
    •  LOL! Well I may not be as good as Maria Bonita, but I can definitely hold my own, LOL! Thank you so much love:-)
  • HOLY YUM!!!! This looks great....wow, I need a kitchen quick.
    •  I hope you have a kitchen VERY soon! Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Hi Terra! I wish I knew what a taco tastes lke, I swear I have never tasted one, wouldnt know either were to get some. Whats masa? is there an other name for this ingredient? by the way your puffed taco reminds me of the indian puris. lol
    •  Oh Helene, we need to have you try a taco, and VERY soon!!! They are melt in your mouth delicious:-) I need to learn about a Indian Puris now???  Sending hugs your way!!!!
  • I'm so glad Pam shared this recipe with you! My family would love this fun entree...mmmmm.
    •  Thank you so much!!! Hugs, Terra
  • I LOVE puffy tacos and I love that you made them from scratch.  That plating is more crave-worthy than I've seen in most Mexican restaurants.  Beautiful and yum!
    •  Thank you so much! My plating brought back fond memories of my trips to my favorite Mexican restaurants....I love happy memories:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Choc Chip Uru
    Obviously I have been missing out! I have never heard of a puffy taco till now - looks gorgeous!!! A definite deliciousness on a plate :D Nice one! Cheers Choc Chip Uru http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/
    •  I am told they can also be called Arepas, and for me Gorditas:-)  You will love them either way, Enjoy! Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • I have never had a puffy taco, nor heard of one - but I need to try it!! Is it crunchy throughout, or doughy?  Oooh it looks delicious! :)
    •  Definitely not doughy, crisp outside, and inside like a corn tortilla (but thicker!) They are called Gorditas, or Arepas I am told, but whatever name....they are yummy! Hugs, Terra
  • lisaiscooking
    I love puffy tacos! One of my favorite local Tex-Mex places here is known for their puffy tacos. I've never made them at home, though. I need to try it!
    •  Oh yay, I love hearing from someone who has enjoyed a delicious puffy taco!!! Yes, I say you need to make some now:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • How fun is this! I have not seen these before, but it is a must try :) Hugs
    •  Oh definitely, you will love them for sure! Hugs, Terra
  • This puffy taco looks delicious!
    •  Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Kita
    I totalllly want a puffy taco now! 
    •  I kinda want another one now too, we need to make some ASAP!!! Hugs, Terra
  • Oh my goodness! I am definitely having this TACO for LUNCH ! Thanks for sharing this, Terra! Your blog's looking terrific! Hugs and hugs :-)
    •  Thank you so much sweetie! Sending you lots of hugs:-)
  • EA-Stewart
    I love your happy, puffy taco Terra, and so glad it made you happy :-). This looks just like what I have made before, only here in San Dieg we call them sopes, and it's on my menu for next week!
    •  Nice, do share a pic of your Sopes! I remember in Tucson they called them Gorditas:-) Thank you so much! Sending hugs your way!
  • Ooh these look so fun! I never turn down a good taco. I must try this soon!!