Dulce de Leche Churros from La Tolteca

Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual Mexican finds in the Valley.

This week: Dulce de Leche Churros from La Tolteca

¿Como se dice?: Churros are a sweet and crunchy ending to any delicious Mexican feast, and go great with a mug of Mexican hot chocolate, champurrado or a strong cup of café. We grew up eating them fresh out of the fryer from stands out in front of Costco (with a hot dog on the side). What could possibly top that nostalgic churro memory and improve upon the classic deep-fried, cinnamon sugar-dusted treat? Why fill it with dulce de leche, naturalmente.

(sink your teeth into all the spicy details after the jump)

La Comida The panadería at La Tolteca makes our eyes grow wide like kids in a candy shop. Colorful pan dulce (sweet rolls), galletas (cookies), y pasteles (cakes) are enough to give us a contact sugar high. It may be hard to narrow it down to just one or two sweet and doughy choices, so go ahead and get a sampler to-go. Just make sure it includes some caramel-filled churros in the mix.

El Sabor: The caramel inside of these churros isn't Caramelo-style melty or stick-to-your-fillings chewy. Rather, it's a sweet ducle de leche filling evenly distributed throughout the entire churro. The churros are then deep fried and sugar crusted, creating a sweet and crispy treat that races through the finish line (we seriously scarfed one in a very undignified amount of time), leaving our childhood Costco churros in the cinnamon-sugar dust.

Bring a bit of México to your kitchen: We couldn't find a dulce de leche churro recipe where the churros were filled with sweet, caramel flavor, but you could easily whip up a dulce de leche sauce and either pipe it into cooled churros or serve it on the side for dipping. We can't guarantee that it's the same as La Tolteca's superb caramel-filled churros, but it's as close as you're going to get out of a home kitchen.

Know of any Mexican gems in the valley? Reveal your family secrets in the comment section.

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