Tucson folks call it a "torito": A fat yellow guero pepper that gets stuffed with melty cheese and wrapped in bacon, then crisped up on the grill. The mini Sonoran chile relleno is a fun thing to order at taquerias like BK Carne Asada. But it's always a side dish, until now ...
La Botana Fresco Grill and Cantina puts the humble pepper on a pedestal of two flour tortillas, transforming it into the Torito Taco. The pepper gets stuffed with little shrimps and spattered with a bouquet of green onions and tomatoes.
Eating it with tortillas rather than toothpicks might give you a bout of food dysphoria, kind of like biting into a soup dumpling or a lettuce-wrapped cheeseburger. But it's a lot less messy this way ... And hey, now you can order five of them!
Insider's tip: This place has a mean happy hour from 2-5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to close weekdays. They sell 10 tacos for $10 and a bucket of six little beers for $7.
Location: 3200 N. First Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays
Payment: accepts debit and credit cards