Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tacodeli Celebrates 13 Years With Anniversary Taco Contest

It is an undisputed Austin truth: Nothing eases a Sunday morning hangover, satisfies the lunchtime hunger demon and makes a catered party with coworkers worth punching the clock on your day off like a melt-in-your-mouth, freshly made specialty taco from Tacodeli. For 13 years, Tacodeli has met the daunting challenge of feeding Austinites’ faces with the best tacos in the land, and now it’s time to celebrate with — what else? — more tacos! The best little authentic taqueria in town got started in 1999, when the first location opened on Spyglass Drive. After building a loyal following of locals who would sooner give up their coveted concert tickets than miss out on their daily breakfast-taco fix, Tacodeli has become an icon of the Austin restaurant scene, with dozens of addictive menu choices, several locations and a mushrooming catering business.

Born in Austin and raised on the ingredients of Mexico City, Tacodeli boasts nearly 40 made-from-scratch tacos every day at its three Austin locations and at nearly every coffeehouse in town, not to mention the bearded Tacodeli mascot serving up taco favorites at Austin’s farmers markets. Additionally, every Austin event worth its weight in pinto beans features a variety of Tacodeli dishes on its catering table to please the throngs of Tacodeli devotees. From the savory Cowboy Taco and the aptly named Happy Taco, to the variety of vegetarian and seafood taco options, the always-popular breakfast tacos, authentic soups and salads, fresh-made sides and sometimes odd but always delicious daily specials, Tacodeli makes each and every item from scratch with fresh ingredients, many of which are organic and locally sourced. As the business has grown, Tacodeli has continued to support local farms and give back to a variety of area charities. From the beginning, Tacodeli’s philosophy has been to take care of its customers with a little bit of humor and a whole lot of flavor — a tenet that remains true to the company today.  

In honor of the restaurant’s 13th anniversary, Tacodeli wants a taco inspired by … you! From Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, Tacodeli fanatics, Mexican-food enthusiasts and tortilla-stuffing virtuosos are invited to submit their most creative, clever and scrumptious taco recipes for an opportunity to win edible prizes, become the talk of the town and — best yet — have their taco recipe featured on the Tacodeli menu for a limited time.

Tacodeli is seeking recipe entries that are completely out-of-the-box; the more outrageous, the better. The winning entry should introduce Austinites to a taco they have never before been able to get their mouths around, and should — of course — be worthy of celebrating Tacodeli’s 13 delicious years. Entries can be submitted by responding to contest posts on Tacodeli’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/tacodeli) and by tweeting recipe ideas to Tacodeli (@tacodeli). The most imaginative, enticing anniversary-taco recipe will be selected by Tacodeli owners Roberto Espinosa and Eric Wilkerson the first week of December and announced via Facebook and Twitter. The lucky taco-recipe genius will immediately become an Austin celebrity, as the Austin Chronicle will publish the winning anniversary-taco recipe. The winner will also receive a $100 Tacodeli gift card good for their choice of Tacodeli’s nearly 40 options of fresh-made, flavor-packed tacos. And the winning anniversary taco will be made by Tacodeli chefs and featured at all three Tacodeli Austin locations during the whole month of January to kick off the New Year.

What better way to celebrate Tacodeli’s 13 years of making Austin happy (and full) with the tastiest authentic tacos in Central Texas than serving up a one-of-a-kind, Austinite-inspired anniversary taco? Who knows; maybe the anniversary taco will reach legendary Salsa Doña status!

Tacodeli has been cooking up the best tacos in Austin since 1999. Tacodeli has three locations: 12001 Burnet Road in North Austin, 4200 N. Lamar in Central Austin, and the original location at 1500 Spyglass Dr. in South Austin. The Tacodeli menu features dozens of award-winning tacos, from breakfast specialties and Mexican favorites, to daily specials and tortilla creations. For more information about the Tacodeli anniversary-taco recipe contest, visit Tacodeli on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Tacodeli, call (512) 732-0303, or visit www.Tacodeli.com.

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