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Entry from April 08, 2008
Red Taco

Red tacos are a specialty at the Casa Manana in Wichita Falls (established 1947). Red tacos also can be found at Benny’s Cafe in Del Rio and Border Burgers in Eagle Pass. One citation below states that red tacos are typical of Monterrey, Mexico.

Red chile makes the taco shells red.


Manta.com
Casa Manana Inc (Original Casa Manana)
609 8th St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301-6509, United States
Phone: (940) 723-5661
Also Does Business As: Original Casa Manana
Year Started: 1947

The Recipe Link
Title:  ISO: Casa Manana Red Tacos
Board:  Copycat Recipe Requests at Recipelink.com
From:  Jean, Wichita Falls, TX 3-10-2003
Casa Manana is a resturant in Wichita Falls, TX. They serve a beef taco. The taco shell is made of corn. The shells are thick and reddish in color. Anyone know how they might make these? Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks! 

Citysearch
Border Burgers
259 E Garrison St
Eagle Pass, TX 78852
Phone: (830) 757-2260

Great tacos, good burgers
11/18/2005 Posted by ctrevin6
I live their crispy red tacos! They are the best in town and the burgers are good too. Although the service takes a while, it is a family owned business and the people there are nice.
Pros: Good Food, Inexpensive
Cons: Small place, Bad parking

Texas Monthly
Red Tacos in Wichita Falls
posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 @ 09:53:24 CST
It is a crying shame the red tacos at Casa Manana in Wichita Falls did not make the list. They are between crunchy and soft and the shell’s consistency is part of the charm. I no longer live in ’The Falls,’ but I make darn sure to stop by and get some every time I visit.

Southwest Texas LIVE!
Del Rio Taste of the Town, downtown skies outshine expectations
June 3, 2007
By Bill Sontag
Feature Writer
(Photo caption—ed.)
Carmen Mesa, center, pauses while serving a hungry “customer” a sampling of Benny’s Café red tacos. Mesa has served Mexican plates and burgers and fries to a loyal clientele for 26 years at Benny’s Café tables, 650 S. Main St., the longest continuously operating eatery in downtown.

Free and Inquiring Mind
June 26, 2007
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico – Red Tacos, Revolution, Carranza, Eagle Pass, Socioeconomics, Affluent Californians, Roosevelt, Gray Twilight, Hunger
We were hungry after hours of discussion so Dr. G suggests we go to have some red tacos. We drive several kilometers away to a street stand—somewhat surprising me as I did not really think he would frequent such an establishment. He says he goes there often.

The red tacos are typical of Monterrey and I’ve only had them here. The taco shells are fried first in a type of red chile to make the taco shells red – hence the name. Shredded cabbage, a type of slightly mashed potato and diced tomatoes were added as filling. That’s it. A hot red sauce could be added to taste. Five tacos make an order or orden. Cueritos or pickled pork finds were added to the side. Very tasty on a cold, rainy day. Better than the expensive Rey de Cabrito we went to yesterday.

Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX)
Who can resist those red tacos?
The Lunch Lady
Thursday, September 27, 2007

My lunch buddy and I headed down Eighth Street Monday with every intention of going to eat lunch somewhere else, but when my car went past Casa Manana, it seemed to switch into autopilot. Before I realized what was happening, we were making a right at Eighth and Ohio and picking a parking spot behind this historical Wichita Falls dining landmark.
(...)
Sixty years in business says a lot about the staying power of Casa’s menu, and they have one signature item to which I believe they can attribute their success - the red taco with wine sauce. I went around the building trying to see if anyone knew any history surrounding the red taco, and the closest I can get is - it’s a secret. No one knows how Casa gets this puffy delicacy to turn red, but I don’t care how they do it, I just hope they keep doing it for 60 more years. The red taco has been imitated around here locally, but never duplicated. You just can’t improve on perfection - yes, it’s that good!

Casa Manana is not a restaurant for the calorie conscious, so little, skinny girls beware. There are a couple of lighter items on the menu, but if you can resist the red tacos, you’re doing better than me! I can’t resist them, don’t want to and I order the Senorita plate every time I go. The Senorita plate comes with one cheese enchilada, one nacho with queso and one big, beautiful red taco. When calories matter, I guess I’ll just have to teach my car to steer the other direction.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (1) Comments • Tuesday, April 08, 2008 • Permalink


I’ve lived in Wichita Falls, Texas for about 25 years and only recently moved to the DFW area.  One thing that ‘s certain~Casa Manana is a landmark in the Falls.  Those tacos are WONDERFUL and I’m not a taco kind of girl.

Unfortunately, Casa Manana is currently on fire and from what I hear, it’s a bad one.  I’m crossing my fingers 100 miles South of there that things turn out ok for the red taco and the makers of it.

Posted by Becky Bragg  on  06/19  at  12:23 AM

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