Mexican Monday Meal-Atta-Glance: El Super Taco’s Rolled Tacos


El Super Taco (several locations)

1930 Midland Blvd.
Fort Smith, AR 72904-5918
479.782.9694

You know, here at Fort Smith Eats, we’re not always fancy. We know our way around a white tablecloth place, sure, but we also just love good food, no matter where we find it. One place you we can reliably find good, fast, cheap, authentic Mexican food in the city is the place with the name that always makes us inwardly giggly, El Super Taco. (Tip #1: You’ll enjoy it 63% more if you always say it with the enthusiasm and approximated accent of a Mexican gameshow host, with many exclamation points. “Elllll Souuuuper Tacooo!!!”)

"Diet Breakers!" = Truth in advertising.

"Diet Breakers!" = Truth in advertising.

Why is it that restaurants in former gas stations always bring the awesome?

Why is it that restaurants in former gas stations always bring the awesome?

Some of El Super Taco’s many locations are drive-through-only. We think the locale on Midland Blvd. is maybe the oldest (tell us different in the comments if you know) and it has a dining room, so one recent day we found ourselves sitting in it and trying something new. We usually get one of the the El Super Taco burritos, or as they are known around our abodes, “Huge Heavy Mexican Yum Things.” Seriously, they’re tastiness incarnate and you have to try them, but be sure to build up your upper body strength first.

See the logo? The little feller really does have super strength if he can lift an El Super Taco burrito and a taco with one arm each.

See the logo? The little feller really does have super strength if he can lift an El Super Taco burrito and a taco with one arm each.

This visit we were feeling more experimental and less arm-lifty. A quick perusal of the menu and we settled on the 3 Beef Rolled Tacos for $2.99.  There was no picture of this one and no description. We were shooting blind, but at $2.99, how wrong could they go?

Like you’d expect, the El Super Taco atmosphere here is utilitarian, heavy on the signage—both handwritten and professionally produced. Touches like the turquoise beach scene wallpaper border amused us. Not exactly evocative of Midland Blvd., you know?

Clean and quiet and bordered at the top of the walls by cerulean beach vistas. What more could you want in an authentic Mexican joint?

Clean and quiet and bordered at the top of the walls by cerulean beach vistas. What more could you want in an authentic Mexican joint?

Our favorite part of the atmosphere though is the part right in front of us, when they bring out the free chips and salsa (with about four varieties of hot sauces, more if you ask). No question about it these chips are homemade, and the salsa too. De. Lish.

Hot and crisp, this is not a chip that has ever known life in a bag.

Hot and crisp, this is not a chip that has ever known life in a bag.

About five crunchy chip munchy minutes later, out comes our entrée.  Mmmm. The giganto burritos we usually order at the drive-through are just wrapped up in paper, so we hadn’t thought too much about what these would look like. These rolled tacos were unexpectedly pretty.

We challenge you to find more appealing homemade restaurant food for $2.99.

We challenge you to find more appealing homemade restaurant food for $2.99.

Better yet, they were both tasty and filling. The guacamole was smooth and bright, the fresh pico even brighter, and the lime wedge just the bit of extra kick we needed. As for the tacos, taquitos really, they were just-right-crispy with guac and cheese adding a pleasing contrast of flavors and textures.

No regrets, either from the tummy or the wallet. A satisfying lunch experiment on every level. Next time we may even splurge for the $4.99 size.

Nah, who we kiddin’? We can already feel the burritos calling us with their gravitational force. Resistance is futile.

Ever tried El Super Taco? Got any recommendations?

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8 responses to “Mexican Monday Meal-Atta-Glance: El Super Taco’s Rolled Tacos

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Carne Asada Fries! I eat at El Super Taco EVERY Friday.. Where I work, we call it “Carne Asada Fryday!!”

  2. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ❤ El Super Taco!!!

    I'm pretty sure the drive thru in Van Buren was the first location. There is a story, my mom knows a guy–yeah, its one of those types of stories (:

    Anyways this guy moved to Van Buren and mentioned that he used to go to a mexican restaurant in San Diego (where he moved from) called El Super Taco and he so longed for their super nachos. She said 'hey we just got an El Super Taco lets go try it out'. Turns out it is the same people that he used to get awesome grub from in San Diego-they moved here practically the same time he did!

    I agree with Dale-the carne asada fries are so INCREDIBLE! I almost always get the super nachos though. Its a great price and lasts for several meals 🙂 Everything I have ever ordered is delicious. I will order the rolled tacos when I go next.

  3. Before we married, my husband and his bachelor roommates ate Super Taco ALL THE TIME. Think I’ll pick up some for dinner to surprise him and get wife points.

    What the heck are carne asada fries?? That doesn’t sound too authentic, but does sound intriguing…

    You guys are right about the burritos, too! I always get the Supreme Beef from the drive-thru on Grand–and then laugh at all the people getting less fast food at Taco Bell for more money. If only they knew what they’re missing!

  4. Ha! That’s a great story, Wendy!! Does the guy still live here? Can he get us some more San Diego restaurants please? What a handy superpower that would be.

    Lol, Carne Asada Frydays. We’ll remember that. Never had those, couldn’t tell you what they are jennybee, but happy to help you get wife points. Fort Smith Eats: strenghtening marriages across the River Valley! (we kid)

    And yeah, it’s funny seeing Taco Bell and El Super Taco right across the street. El Super Taco pwns the Bell, though. Chihuahuas ain’t got nuthin on Mr. Lifting Mexican Food Superguy!

  5. Carne Asada Fries:

    French Fries covered with carne asada beef, melted cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. Comes with red and green sauce on the side. I prefer the red, and lots of it! Its like the Super Nachos, but with fries instead of chips. I have a picture , but can’t find it 😦 If I remember, I will take another this FRYDAY!

  6. Yum! The place sounds great, I’m gonna have to try it. I have to admit, the Midland one looks kinda scary from the outside. What kind of bevrages do they serve?

  7. Thanks for stopping by, Jules. They have sodas and then the sort of constantly mixing drinks that come in those punch machines–something pina colada, lemonade, and something more fruit punchy. Don’t think they have a liquor license, didn’t see anything to that effect.

    The Brooken Hill location is a little more, well, Fianna Hillish. You can’t take the El Super Taco-raw awesomeness out, but you can dress it up a little more more.

  8. Sue/John Reeves

    We love El Super Taco, all of them, but especially the one on Brooken Hill. Breakfast burritos are huge and will feed 3 of us at the office with chips and salsa that we fight over. Drive through and get crispy “ground” beef tacos to go for a fast supper or snack. Their portions are filling and always fresh and a real treat.

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