The Tacos | Hopped Taco Throwdown | June 23, 2018

the TACOS

Hopped Taco Throwdown gathers the best and most innovative chefs from all of Las Vegas who normally don’t create tacos to step out of their comfort zones for one goal: to create a few dozen eccentric tacos and earn the title of Hopped Taco Champion.

Chefs will compete in three categories:

Hopped Taco – best beer-infused taco

Taco Loco – most creative taco

Taco Dulce – best sweet/dessert taco

the RESTAURANTS

Featuring Chef John Simmons

Tako Taco

Grilled octopus w/romesco, ipa pickled red onion, and beer batter fried cilantro.

4 B’s

Stout-braised beef barbacoa w/pickled watermelon radish, grilled scallion, and cilantro.

Featuring Chef Bryan Forgione

The Smokin’ Shorty

Smoked beer-basted short rib w/chili-ale hott-ish sauce, and poblano crema.

Booty Cakes

BBQ Pork Butt w/ Chipotle Slaw, Roasted Corn Relish, Johnny Cake Taco.

Featuring Chef John Simmons

I Can’t Believe It’s not Chorizo

Chorizo-spiced cauliflower w/roasted carrot hummus, smoked yogurt, crunchy chickpeas, harissa, and cilantro on a chickpea flour tortilla (VEGAN!).

Carne NO Carne

Beer-braised carne no carne w/IPA pickled red onions, cilantro, cilantro-lime crema, and tequila barrel aged fermented hot sauce (VEGAN!).

Featuring Chef Will Staten

Cajun Deep Fried Rib Taco

Triple Cajun-seasoned deep fried rib w/blackberry BBQ sauce, vinegar slaw garlic, and lemon chow-chow.

Sin City Bananas Foster

Coconut citrus rum xauce w/caramel drizzle, salted peanut crumble nutmeg, and cinnamon whipped cream.

Featuring Chef Erik Hobbie

It’s A Fugazi!

Dubbel infused mascarpone w/chopped figs and cinnamon bittersweet on a waffle taco.

Cement Shoes

Killa 3 day pork belly w/ house pickled cucumbers, arugula, caper aioli on a garlic tortilla.

Skinny Wize Guy

Parmesan frico shell w/ romaine lettuce, fried capers, and housemade lemon caesar dressing topped with boquerones.

Featuring Chef James Trees

Caught By The Hair Of My Chinny Chin Chin

Beer-braised goat tacos Guisado style w/ chili pickled onions, cotija cheese and Ranch flavored CornNutz.

Featuring Chef Josh Clark

Le Cubano Doblada

Chile beer-infused pate de campagne w/ham & pickle pico, gruyere, French beer mustard, and a crispy shell.

Like Chowduh

Crispy potato w/bubble and squeak, chopped clams, tiny veg, green chile crema, tabasco powder.

Featuring Chef Hemant Kishore

Macha, Tacos Undo? (Bro, Got Tacos?)

Kerala fried chicken w/ curried ginger aioli, ‘American Flyer’ pickled fennel, masala podi on a malabar parotta.

Taco Suzette

Caramelized banana w/ toasted coconut, jaggery ghee & ‘Imperial Smoked Porter’ Suzette, and a crispy wonton.

Featuring Chef
Jainine Jaffer

Mediterranean Muse

NA beer-braised shawarma taco w/ pickled onion, jalepeno, and toum garlic sauce.

Curry Queen

Curry cauliflower taco w/ crispy chickpeas and achari slaw (VEGAN!).

Featuring Chef Bubba Grayer

Salty Doggo

House-salted cod w/ ackee, omnipollo, and pleroma-infused slaw.

Smoke Bomb!

Oxtail braised in Prairie Bomb! Spicy Imperial Stout smoked w/ applewood, pickled cauliflower, and cilantro sauce.

Featuring Chef Kevin Lopez & Chef Chris Bulen

Flying South For The Summer

Ale infused duck confit machaca w/ foie gras, pickled Fresno chili, cilantro, espelette creme fraiche.

Su Nombre Es Paco Mounds

Fried Pie Bread w/ Spiced Pineapple, Coconut Marscapone, and Tamarind-Chocolate Ganache.

Featuring Chefs Carol Garcia & Carlos Buscaglia

Birriachelada

Spicy Tecate diablo braised goat leg w/ fresh onions and micro cilantro on a corn tortilla.

Her Lengua Picosa

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez pickled beef tongue w/ jicama slaw served with an Ube handmade corn tortilla.

Bittersweet Chocolate Choco Taco

Fried corn shell brushed with dark Hexx chocolate w/ corn flan filling, fresh mango strawberries, and redkorderlig strawberry lime cider.

the 2018 WINNERS

Hopped Taco WinnerChef John Simmons

4 B’s

Stout-braised beef barbacoa w/pickled watermelon radish, grilled scallion, and cilantro.

Taco Loco WinnerChef Josh Clark

Like Chowduh

Crispy potato w/bubble and squeak, chopped clams, tiny veg, green chile crema, tabasco powder.

Taco Dulce WinnerChef Kevin Lopez & Chef Chris Bulen

Su Nombre Es Paco Mounds

Fried Pie Bread w/ Spiced Pineapple, Coconut Marscapone, and Tamarind-Chocolate Ganache.

the 2017 WINNERS

Taco Dolce WinnerChef Geno Bernardo

Taco Dolce

Pizzelle, Philly Cheese Cake, Oculto & Strawberry Granita

Taco Loco WinnerChef Jamie Tran

Taco De La Chinois

Tuna and Salmon Tartare Taco with Micro Cilantro, Spicy Jalapenño Sauce, Tobiko, on a Crispy Salmon Skin Shell.

Hopped Taco WinnerChef Sterling Buckley

Beer Belly

Beer Braised Pork Belly, Drunk Pickles & Magic