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‘The Crazy Taco’ back under original management

By: 27 February 2012 3 Comments

Back in April, First Arkansas News posted an article about a great Mexican food cart in Benton called El Taco Loco.

Things have changed a bit. Since the first of the year, the name of the establishment has changed to the very Anglicized The Crazy Taco, the cart is smaller, the menu is similar and the management has reverted back to Louis Romero who started the company in the first place.

Confused? Don’t be. Romero started his business with a hot dog cart in Haskell two years ago. At the time, he focused on bacon-wrapped hot dogs, a bit of a novelty in central Arkansas but not terribly uncommon in his native Los Angeles. He wanted to expand, so he got a couple of partners in — Karen and Mo Broomfield — and El Taco Loco was set up in Benton at 601 Military Road about a year ago. Romero took that location over in January and is offering bacon wrapped hot dogs as well as authentic Mexican cuisine every Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Crazy Taco on UrbanspoonWhat kind of Mexican cuisine is on the menu? Tacos, quesadillas, nachos and other items that he said steer clear of the “Tex-Mex” offerings to which people in central Arkansas have become accustomed. The recipes, he said, are family recipes provided by his wife, Patty, who is native to Guadalajara, Mexico.

Soft shell tacos with pork, cilantro, cheese and fresh lime wedges. Price? Around $5.

The tacos, for example, are little more than seasoned pork, beef or chicken as well as some cilantro, onions and cheese (if you want those items, of course) nestled in tortillas and served with lime wedges. If you want to add a little heat and/or flavor to your meal, the salsas are all homemade and are also derived from family recipes.

Romero said the entrees at The Crazy Taco may be a little different from what what is customary among those used to Tex-Mex cuisine, but he issues a challenge to people who happen by his cart.

“Try us, and you’ll be back,” Romero said, adding that business has been building since he took back management of it at the first of the year.

“The biggest problem I have is letting people know I’m back in business,” he said, adding that it appears the word about the eatery is still getting out to Benton residents.

“I still get someone new almost every day,” he said, adding that the Mexican items are popular and bacon-wrapped hot dogs still sell well at The Crazy Taco.

If you’ve got about $6 in your pocket and are looking for someplace unique for lunch, you might consider heading by The Crazy Taco. If the ever-confident Romero is right, you’ll stop in once then become a regular.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email =


  • Fran said:

    I’ve tried just about everything Louis Romero serves up and I can truthfully say it is the best! We come from Hot Springs up that way occasionally and try to stop for the food whenever we can, even taking some home for later. I can’t wait for the next trip.

  • Pearl said:

    I like eating freshly made meals in a cart. Authentic mexican recipes like what crazy taco are offering are sure tempting! Not unlike the commercialized meals at the ‘mexican’ fastfoods. May romero’s business be blessed!

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