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Entry from May 08, 2008
Tacos Ahogados (drowned tacos or drowning tacos)

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Wikipedia: Chico’s Tacos
Chico’s Tacos is a small restaurant chain located in El Paso, Texas.Founded on July 4, 1953 by boxing promoter Joe Mora, Chico’s has entered into local legend for its rolled tacos, a special tomato soup-like sauce, as well as its low prices. Chico’s Tacos has since expanded to five El Paso locations, primarily on the town’s east side. Since Mr. Mora’s 1992 death, the restaurants continue to be run by his surviving children.

Chico’s Tacos is held in high regard by many past and current residents of El Paso; many former residents make it a point to visit when in town. Jim Ward of rock band Sparta has been noted as a fan along with all the members of the 1990’s metal band Pissing Razors . In 2003 the 78th Texas House of Representatives adopted a resolution (HR 84), introduced by El Paso representative Norma Chavez, honoring the Mora family and celebrating the restaurant’s 50th anniversary. According to this resolution, other Chico’s Tacos fans include comedian Paul Rodriguez, members of boy band ‘N Sync, and boxer Oscar de la Hoya. The truth about Oscar De La Hoya is that a fan handed him a take out order of the tacos before she kissed him during a news conference before his fight in the Sun Bowl.

The most common order of tacos is the single or the double, which include 3 or 6 tacos respectively, which come topped with grated cheese. However, most frequents will advise one to order two singles instead of a double in order to achieve best cheese coverage on all tacos.

4 November 2005, Austin (TX) American-Statesman:
A can’t-miss dish is the tacos ahogados, which are fried flautas filled with chicken and topped with cabbage, tomato, avocado sauce and cheese. 
(Elsi’s Restaurant—ed.)

Austin (TX) American-Statesman
For El Paso expats, Chuco’s hits spot
A name change is on the horizon after Chico’s Tacos files lawsuit for trademark infringement.

By Suzannah Gonzales
Thursday, May 08, 2008
When at home, El Pasoans stop at Chico’s Tacos. When in Austin, they stop at Chuco’s Tacos.

But El Pasoans-turned-Austinites might soon stop at the Drowning Taco: Chuco’s plans to change its name.

The move follows a federal lawsuit filed in El Paso. Chico’s, an institution there, is alleging trademark infringement, saying that Chuco’s is playing off Chico’s with, among other things, its signature dish: rolled tacos in a special sauce, topped with shredded cheese, bright green salsa and served in a paper boat tray for under $5.
The dish of three or six rolled tacos — also known as flautas or taquitos — is nothing new and is common in parts of Mexico, Sahagun says.

They’re also called tacos ahogados. Translation: drowned tacos. 

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Thursday, May 08, 2008 • Permalink