When Los Alfaro’s reopened its doors last year at a new location — 1021 S. Weinbach Ave. — the owners wanted to go bigger than ever before with their offerings. They certainly accomplished that feat by introducing patrons to their one-of-a-kind footlong taco.
The 12-inch behemoth is stuffed with a layer of seasoned French fries and seasoned beef, topped with your choice of lettuce, pico de gallo, cheese dip, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, and juicy tomato sauce. Customers also can substitute ground beef for chicken, seafood, or a vegetarian option.
The taco comes in a variety of options including ground beef, pork carnitas, vegetarian, chicken, steak, or seafood and serves two to three people. It is available for both dine-in and takeout.
Owner and chef Teresa Alfaro says it was her husband Pedro Alfaro who came up with the idea to beef up the Mexican staple.
“Americans love the big food so we wanted to come up with an idea that would satisfy our customers,” says Pedro.
It was in the brainstorming process they realized they didn’t have anything they could use to fry the tortilla shell. Pedro, who has a degree in engineering, put his skills to the test by designing and creating the metal tool used to fry the footlong shell.
Customers went loco for the dish when it was introduced to the menu. Pedro says they once sold almost a hundred in one day.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant had even organized a tournament to see who could eat the taco the fastest. The winner devoured the entire taco in only four minutes and five seconds.
“With my cooking, I like to take care of the people,” says Teresa. “I love seeing people’s smiling faces the moment they bite into the taco.”