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Puesto's Next Top Taco

Submit your best taco recipe for the chance to win a grand prize


Whether it's fried, spicy, meaty, crunchy, creamy, or sweet, creating the perfect taco is the ultimate challenge for any food-loving San Diegan. Think you have what it takes? Here's your chance to share your top taco recipe with the world—and have it added to Puesto's coveted menu as a Taco of the Month.

To enter, submit your recipe and a photo (if you have one) of the taco using the form below, and Puesto's professional taco-testing squad will take care of the rest. Competition finalists will be chosen early April and will be invited to prepare their creation for a Puesto panel at the Top Taco showdown.

GRAND PRIZE: Winning taco will be added to Puesto's menu as a Taco of the Month and named after winner. Also included in the prize: Puesto Swag, Ultimate Puesto Party for 15, bragging rights, and 2 tickets to San Diego Magazine's Best Restaurants party in June ($1000 value).

RUNNERS UP: $100 gift card, Puesto Swag ($350 value).

Lastly, please read our rules and regulations before you submit:

Entry deadline: Entries must be received by March 31, 2018 to be eligible to win.
  1. This contest begins 12:01 A.M. PST on March 1st, 2018 and ends 11:59 A.M. PST on March 31st, 2018. To enter, you must fill out the form above and follow below instructions:
    • RECIPE REQUIREMENTS: Recipe must be an original taco recipe the ingredients of which must cost $10 or less per taco. If selected as a finalist, you must personally, at a place and time designated by Puesto, prepare the taco set forth in the recipe.
    • Limit one entry per person or email account. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete entries or entries not received for any reason. Entries become sole property of Sponsor and none will be acknowledged or returned. By entering, Entrant warrants that his or her entry (1) is original and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party, (2) has not been published in any medium or (3) has not previously won an award.
  2. All entries will be judged by designated personnel of Puesto, based on the following criteria: Creativity (15%), Uniqueness of recipe (15%), and Taste appeal (70%). Such judging will be totally subjective and in the sole discretion of the designated personnel. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. Decisions of judges are final and, subject to below, binding. Finalists will be notified by email or phone by or on April 9th, 2018. Sponsor reserves the right to select alternative finalists if the email accounts and/or phone numbers of selected finalists are not active at the time of notification attempt or if selected finalists do not respond within 36 hours. Winner of the contest will be announced in the June issue of San Diego Magazine. If winner is notified prior to release of magazine issue, they may not share or acknowledge their winnings. Failure to strictly comply with the following may, at the discretion of Puesto, void the selection of the winner.
  3. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of Sponsor and its promotional partners and their respective parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same of household of each such employee) are not eligible. Winner is not authorized to make any representation contract or commitment on behalf of Puesto. Winner agrees that he/she will not, at any time, make comments, whether oral or in writing, that tend to disparage or injure Puesto, its managers, officers, employees, sponsors, products and services.
  4. Prize details!! Dinner (excluding alcohol) for 15 at the Puesto location of your choice. Approximate Retail Value: $750. All other expenses not specified herein are the responsibility of the Winner. ALL TAXES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. No part of the value of the prize will be subject to withholding by Puesto for the payment of any social security, federal, state or any employee payroll taxes. Puesto will report amounts paid to WINNER by filing Form 1099-MISC with the Internal Revenue Service as required by law. The prize is awarded without warranty, express or implied, of any kind. Finalists, other than the winner, will receive a gift card valued at $100. Limit one prize per person or household.
  5. No transfer, assignment, or substitution of a prize permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize (or prize component) for an item of equal or greater value at Sponsor's sole discretion. Nothing in these official contest rules shall obligate Sponsor to publish or otherwise use any entry submitted in connection with this Contest. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. By entering, Entrant represents that any recipe, and other materials submitted as part of Entrant's Contest entry are original and will not constitute defamation or an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such recipe and other materials. In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to use the recipe and edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant's submitted recipe, along with Entrant's name, likeness, biographical information, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation (except where prohibited by law). Potential Winner, as a condition of receiving any prize, also may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and where legally permissible a Publicity Release and confirmation of a license as set forth above within 5 days following the date of first attempted notification, certifying, among other things, the following: (a) entry does not defame or invade the privacy of any party; (b) entry does not infringe upon the rights of any third party; and (c) the recipe and other materials submitted are original and have never been published and entry has never won an award. Failure to comply with this deadline may result in forfeiture of the prize and selection of an alternate winner. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and its agencies to use Winner's name and/or likeness, biographical information, recipe other materials submitted for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. By entering and/or accepting prize, Entrants and Winners agree to hold Sponsor and its promotional partners, its directors, officers, employees and assigns harmless for liability, damages or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in this Contest, the acceptance and/or subsequent use or misuse, or condition of any of the prizes awarded, or claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion or privacy. False or deceptive entries or acts will render the Entrant ineligible. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the immediate and unrestricted right to disqualify any entrant or prize winner, if either commits or has committed any act, or has been involved or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence which the Sponsor deems likely to subject the Sponsor, entrant or winner to ridicule, scandal or contempt or which reflects unfavorably upon the Sponsor in any way. If such information is discovered by Sponsor after a winner has received notice of his prize and before the prize is awarded, Sponsor may rescind the prize in its entirety. If a portion of his/her prize has already been awarded, Sponsor may withdraw the remainder of the prize that has been fulfilled. Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters related to this paragraph. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest, or in the announcement of the prize.
  6. Sponsor is not responsible for lost or late entries nor for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor or presenter on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or any combination thereof. If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date. CAUTION: Any attempt by a contestant to deliberately damage any Web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the game is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such contestant to the fullest extent of the law. If there is a dispute as to the identity of the Entrant, the prize will be awarded to the authorized account holder of the email address. The "authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person to whom the email address is assigned.
  7. This Contest is governed by the laws of the state of California without regard to principles of conflict of laws. All cases and claims pertaining to this Contest must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the County of San Diego, State of California without recourse to class action suits.
  8. If any provision of these Rules is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or appointed arbitrator, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein.
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