Disclosure: In exchange for social buzz, Tijuana Flats provided me a complimentary food sampling. Opinions expressed are absolutely my own.Having lived in Central Florida for 20 years, Tijuana Flats is one of my favorite spots for Mexican food. If you’ve been in Florida for a bit, you probably know T-Flats very well, but did you know it was founded by a UCF grad? Or that the first location was opened in Winter Park? I’d been enjoying their yummy chips and salsa for years before I learned that! More fun facts: There are more than 100 Tijuana Flats across six states (Florida (obvi), Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia) and each location features a hot sauce bar, which includes the company’s own line of sauces called “Smack My Ass & Call Me Sally.”
I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t venture away from my usual favorites at T-Flats that much. I usually try to take advantage of Tijuana Tuezdaze (two tacos, chips & a drink) but on non-Tuesdays, I’ll order chicken flautas or tacos anyway :P.Needless to say, I was pumped when I was invited to a “Back to School” Blogger Event at the Tijuana Flats on East Colonial Drive. We got to sample new items, classics, and even dessert. Check them out!
As a starter, we tried the Tijuana Trio. The appetizer includes chips, salsa, queso and guacamole. All delicious, but I’m mostly in love with the salsa. Let’s just say it was tough not to stuff our faces with chips while waiting for the entrees to arrive.
The first entree we got to sample was Flautas. The lightly fried flour (or wheat) tortillas filled with cheese and choice of filling are to die for! We tried chicken flautas and steak flautas … and chicken and steak flautas. Served with the flautas are queso, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream.
The Bangin’ Chicken Burrito is a new menu item. Although the Bangin’ Chicken has been around for a bit, the folks at Tijuana want more people trying (and loving) it. The burrito is filled with crispy chicken tossed in Smack My Ass Bangin’ Chicken sauce, grilled onions, grilled green peppers, tomatoes, cheese and ranch dressing. Delish.
Next up: Tacos. This one’s pretty self-explanatory but the tacos we tried were made with a soft flour tortilla, blackened chicken, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and sour cream. This is one of my usuals, especially on Tuesdays. Sometimes I’ll add black beans for extra protein!
Last but not least, Cookie Dough Flautas. Oh my word, if you haven’t tried these you are SO missing out. I mentioned the Flautas entree above but this is the dessert edition. Stuffed with “The Original” chocolate chip cookie dough, the flour tortillas are lightly fried and topped with powdered sugar. As if that’s not enough sweetness, the flautas are served with a side of chocolate syrup. These are dangerously good.
I hope that you’ll try something new the next time you march into Tijuana Flats! There are so many delicious offerings and the staff is always extremely helpful, especially when you’re looking for some recommendations.
If you don’t have a Tijuana Flats near you, make sure you add it to your bucket list when visiting Florida (or NC, SC, IN, GA, VA)! Oh and if you head into T-Flats in October, don’t forget to order the pink tacos to support Breast Cancer Awareness! Check out my pink chips from a few years ago: