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Surprise is home to a guac–load of taco shops that produce a wide range of regional Mexican fare! From concepts born in the city to tacos made from recipes passed down through generations, you’re sure to find your taco soulmate in Surprise.

Puffy TacosPuffy Taco Shack: Based in Surprise, recognized Valleywide

This is na-cho ordinary taco! In fact, the Puffy Taco Shack food truck made Phoenix Magazine’s “Hail to the Taco” list of delicious oddities!

Based in Surprise’s Original Town Site, the Puffy Taco Shack food truck uniquely marries Tex-Mex-style taco fillings in a puffed and fried masa shell – think frybread meets sopapillas!

You can find this local taco truck at the Surprise Stadium during Spring Training games, where it usually sells out before the final inning, or at almost any one of the city's seasonal events throughout the year.

When not on the road, the truck operates at 16426 North Greasewood Street, Surprise, on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. 

Want to know when the truck is on the move? Follow the deliciousness on Facebook @puffytacoshack to see when and where they will be serving next!

This is one Taco-Shop Crawl we dare you to try!

Who has the best tacos in Surprise? You tell us! We challenge you to take on this Taco-Shop Crawl!

Tacos Tijuana – No need to head south of the border to try the real deal! The Tacos Tijuana food truck is known for its rich, authentic, bold marinades, salsas and seasonings, which are homemade daily! What does everyone rave about – it’s got to be the al pastor that is sliced fresh off the trompo (rotating spit).

Permanently located at 13071 W. Grand Ave., Surprise

Tacos Calafia –This regional taco shop stacks awards as quickly as they press their freshly made corn tortillas! Voted 2018 Best Tacos in the Valley (Phoenix Magazine), Best Al Pastor (Phoenix New Times), Best Tacos in Town (Chingo Bling Tour), this is one Baja-inspired street taco shop you must visit!

Tacos Calafia tacos

17239 N Litchfield Rd #68, Surprise

Casa de Papa – Can you say “jackpot!” This authentic Mexican restaurant struck gold when they found their “mom’s” special recipes! These gourmet tacos represent south of the border flavor and the street taco culture in a major way! The menu is plentiful so plan on having a tough time deciding what to eat!

Casa de Papa Tacos

13761 W Bell Rd Ste B211, Surprise

Oscar’s Taco Shop – If ‘yum’ was a flavor, you would taste it in every bite of the food at this hidden gem! Finding a table to enjoy the delicious authentic Mexican food is almost as hard as picking what you want to order! Be sure to bring your appetite; the daily specials will fill your belly without emptying your wallet!

Oscar's Tacos

16811 N Litchfield Rd Ste 100, Surprise

Rito’s Mexican Food – No visit to Surprise is complete without making a stop at Rito’s in Surprise. You’ll flip for their tacos but will totally lose it for the award-winning, mouth-watering green chili burrito! Surprise is the only spot in the West Valley where you’ll find a Rito’s, so be sure to stop by!

15643 N Reems Rd, Surprise

Comer! (EAT!)