Spring happenings + the chance to win $1,000 at Puesto’s Next Top Taco Showdown!

We’re looking for Puesto’s Next Top Taco!

Our second annual Next Top Taco competition is back in full swing and looking for your best taco recipe, which may just be worth some serious cash. Creating the perfect taco is the ultimate challenge for any food-loving San Diegan. Think you have what it takes? Here’s your chance to share your top taco recipe and have it added to our menu as the June Taco of the Month.

Finalists will present their tacos to our esteemed panel of judges on April 27th at Puesto at the Headquarters, including San Diego Magazine food critic Troy Johnson and Puesto Executive Chef Katy Smith with produce provided by Imperfect Produce. Winner will enjoy $1,000 and winning taco will be added to our menu as the June Taco of the Month. Also included in the prize: Puesto Swag, bragging rights, and 2 tickets to San Diego Magazine’s Best Restaurants party in June ($1400 value). Enter here by Tuesday, March 19, 2019 — you don’t want to miss this one!

March Taco of the Month

Well hello Grilled Chicken Verde Taco.

So here’s the story. We used to have a chicken verde taco and March’s taco of the month is (in our opinion) the chicken verde 2.0. Please welcome the Grilled Chicken Verde Taco!

Our chicken breasts and thighs are marinated overnight in buttermilk and spices to tenderize them and pack them with flavor. They are marked on the grill then finished in the oven. Finally the chicken is tossed in a spicy, herbaceous green sauce and loving placed into our signature blue corn tortilla. The taco is garnished with a roasted tomatillo salsa and a slice of avocado.

Pro tip: Ask for it wrapped in cheese if you’re still reminiscing the old chicken verde.

Spring Cocktails

Drumroll please. Our spring cocktails are here and feature gin from our amigos at You & Yours Distilling Co., the first ever female led distillery, located in our hometown of San Diego! Please welcome…

GARDEN PARTY: Sunday Gin, Dolin vermouth blanc, lemon, lime, & agave.

LAST FROST COLLINS: Winter Gin, Vida mezcal, lemon, orange, & cloves.

SPRING CHERRY GIMLET: Sunday Gin, fresh cherries, fresh squeezed lime juice, a touch of classic curacao from Pierre Ferrand.

Spring Horchata for a Cause Beneficiaries

From the months of March to May, we’re proud to support 3 incredible local charities in the communities we are in. $1 from every frozen horchata purchase will be donated to our Spring beneficiaries to support the important work they do. These are the Irvine Public Schools Foundation, I Love A Clean San Diego and CUESA.

Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of enriching the educational experience of each child in every school. Founded in 1996 by concerned parents and community leaders, IPSF sponsors enrichment programs and provides financial support to ensure educational excellence in Irvine schools. In addition, IPSF excels at uniting local corporate and community partners, parents and residents in raising funds to nurture student potential. Each year, IPSF provides millions of dollars in funding to Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education, small-group learning, afterschool and summer programs, grants for classroom innovation, and support for mental health initiatives and athletic trainers.

As San Diego’s most influential advocate for sustainability, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) is an environmental catalyst, awakening passion and inspiring action, empowering everyone to improve the health and beauty of our local environment. For 65 years, they’ve brought the best in all of us together for a lasting, positive impact on our region. They are passion in action. For more information, to volunteer or donate, visit CleanSD.orgor call (619) 291-0103. Connect with them on FacebookTwitter  and Instagram.

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is building a connected, sustainable, and resilient food shed that strengthens family farms and grows healthy communities. They’ve run the world renowned farmers markets since 1993, as well as educational programs that connect youth and adults with local food and farmers.