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Churros Locos

22 Jun

Last summer while we were in Tucson, we visited Michoacan Taqueria/Raspados where we made two important discoveries.

#1 The Sonora Hot Dog, aka The Best Hot Dog on Earth

#2 Churros Locos

I’m not sure that I’ll ever be able to recreate that delicious hot dog, but I’ve taken the Churros Locos on as a personal challenge.  Living in Minnesota, there are two key ingredients that can be hard to find.  One I hauled back in my suitcase (Chamoy – a sweet, spicy, limey sauce, that is a bit like French dressing but kickier) and Churritos (sort of a like Cheetos but spicy and lime flavored).  In this recipe, the Chamoy is essential.  Without it, you are pretty much left with a veggie laden virgin Bloody Mary (also not bad, but not the same).  Most would argue that the Churritos are even more essential than the Chamoy.  I will agree that they give a crunchy goodness to the dish, but most of the time, I’d rather skip those calories and use them for something else later.  This dish is good with and without; add them if you’d like.  If you can’t find Churritos, I would recommend substituting Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Crushed Doritos, or Chili Fritos.




Churros Locos
Serves: 1

½ cucumber, quartered and cut into chunks
2 radishes, quartered and cut into chunks
4 baby carrots, cut into sticks
3 oz. Clamato
3 oz. Spicy V8
Salt and Pepper
2 T. Chamoy


Fill a large glass with as many cucumbers, radishes and carrots as you can.  In a separate glass, mix together Clamato, Spicy V8, salt and pepper.  Pour over vegetables.  Top with Chamoy.  Serve.


Estimated Calories:  88 cal/serving

Print it: Churros Locos

– Want it a bit spicier?  Add some tabasco to the tomato juice mixture.
– Don’t like Clamato?  Skip it and double up on the Spicy V8.
– Too spicy for you?  Skip the Clamato and Spicy V8 and use regular V8 instead.


And if you’re in Tucson, track down a Sonora Hot Dog here:
Michoacan Taqueria/Raspados
3235 N. Flowing Wells Road
Tucson, AZ 85705

More info:
(520) 888-0421

Michoacan Taqueria/Raspados

8 Aug

While we were in Tucson, I was hoping to eat at one of the many food trucks that serve the city.  Having read about some that serve up some pretty fine food, I was dying to try some of the specialty treats that are not available in my area.  Then when it was time for lunch, and it was well over 100 degrees, we decided to move our food truck craving to an indoor and air-conditioned location.  Jenine drove us straight to Michoacan Taqueria/Raspados, and after trying a few items, I can totally see why.

What to eat:
The first dish I tried, Churros Locos, looks more like a fully loaded bloody mary than a meal.  Served in a cup, Churros Locos contains chopped vegetables, clamato, chamoy (a sweet, salty, fruity, spicy sauce), and topped with fried Mexican snacks.  Although we snacked on it while we waited for the rest of our food to arrive, this would make a perfect light lunch all on its own.  I’m going to be busy trying to recreate this all summer. 

It was here that I discovered the best hot dog on earth – the Sonora Hot Dog.  A tasty dog, topped with seasoned pinto beans, diced tomatoes and onions, mayo, and mustard, all held in place by the world’s softest bun.  I couldn’t eat it fast enough, and couldn’t stop talking about it afterward.

Martin had Tostilocos, served up in a bag of crushed chips, topped with chopped vegetables and chamoy.  It is similar to the Midwestern “walking taco” or “taco in a bag”, except that it contains no taco meat or cheese, and in Martin’s words “can also burn your face off”.  Not wanting to miss out on anything, he also ordered a side of beans.  They were delicious, but I’d recommend that if you order beans that not you do so with Martin, because he is an 8 year old boy and they love nothing more than to discuss what happens when you eat a lot of beans.

Sophie could barely be bothered to eat because she was holding out for Raspados.  Shaved ice mixed with chopped and blended fruit and juice, Raspados are the more natural and refreshing cousin on the slushy.  They were so tasty, and readily consumed.  She chose this one because it came with a cherry on the top, then proceeded to give it away because she does not care for cherries.

Let’s get one last look at that hot dog.

Where to go:
Michoacan Taqueria/Raspados
3235 N. Flowing Wells Road
Tucson, AZ 85705

More info:
(520) 888-0421