15693 Leffingwell Rd
Whittier, CA 90604-3314

Arturo's Puffy Tacos

Neighborhoods: East Whittier City
Cuisine: Tex-mex, Catering, Lunch

Arturo's Puffy Tacos is a Tex-mex, Catering, and Lunch restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends and paid less than $10.

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"The puffy tacos of course are the most delicious thing on the menu, in my opinion. I guess that is because I only eat the puffy taco. I love this place!!!!!"
"good food, great service"
"soo good"
"Dining room too small, kind of dingy"
  • 8/13/2018

    A diner from US tried it.

  • 9/23/2017

    A dining patron from Pico Rivera, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 7/11/2017

    A dining patron from Los Angeles, CA tried it and liked it. They liked the food and liked the service.

  • 5/20/2017

    A Tex-mex food lover from US tried it.

  • 4/29/2017

    A dining patron from Pomona, CA tried it.

  • 3/17/2017

    A Tex-mex food lover from Los Angeles, CA tried it.

  • 1/14/2017

    A diner from Pomona, CA tried it.

  • 9/05/2016

    A dining patron from Whittier, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

  • 9/03/2016

    A diner from Murrieta, CA tried it.

  • 6/29/2016

    A diner from Whittier, CA tried it.

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 Los Angeles, CA

A Tex-Mex Favorite Has Made it to Southern California

Awhile back, I saw an episode of Bobby Flay’s show, Throwdown, where the episode was a “Puffy Taco” showdown. When the show started and his challenge was first announced, I scratched my head, because I’ve never heard of a puffy taco before. Of course, once I saw the show, I knew I had to have one, one way or the other.

For those of you unfamiliar with this food, it’s a part of Tex-Mex cuisine. There’s been an ongoing debate where many believe that puffy tacos were invented at Henry’s Puffy Tacos in San Antonio in 1978 while others claim that they were originally named “crispy tacos” and served in Austin in 1950s. In the end, it doesn’t matter how they came to be, I’m just glad they got invented in the first place.

Basically, a puffy taco is made up of masa that is shaped into a round tortilla and then deep fried. While it’s frying, it’s repeatedly doused with the oil so that it becomes “puffy”, almost like a pastry shell, and than an indentation is placed in the middle to create a taco shape. Once done, it’s removed from the oil, drained and filled with the appropriate fillings.

After seeing the show, I actually forgot about the puffy taco for awhile until my niece mentioned this taco joint she used to swing by after dance class and as soon as she said the name of that place, my ears perked up. The taco shop’s name was Arturo’s Puffy Taco.

A few days later, she took me there and although I have nothing else to compare them to, I thought those puffy tacos were awesome. The taco shells were light, airy and crunchy. The meat fillings were good quality and all the veggies were fresh and crispy. Overall, those tacos rocked and I’m already planning my return trip.

Puffy Taco Plate at Arturo's Puffy Tacos

Puffy Taco Plate

The taco shells were light, airy and crunchy. The meat fillings were good quality and all the veggies were fresh and crispy.

Taquitos Texanos  at Arturo's Puffy Tacos

Taquitos Texanos

Light and crispy. I would have preferred fresher guacamole, but the hot sauce gave the taquitos a nice zing.

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 Whittier, CA

I expected more....

I ordered nachos…what a mess! I wasn’t expecting them to be so small and all over the place in the box with the other food. The burrito was huge, but the flavor….ehhh. And the puffy taco? It really was this puffy doughy something or other. Wouldn’t order that again. I saw this restaurant on the news as a local find. Wasn’t impressed. There are to many idems I have to remember that I don’t like. There’s a McDonald’s across the street. I’ll be going there over Puffy taco again. Oh, but the cooks where outstanding (nice), I think that’s what keeps them in business, the friends of the cooks.
Just being honest.

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Arturo's Puffy Tacos is located near the cities of West Whittier Los Nietos and Santa Fe Springs.
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