Taqueria Jalapeños y Pupuseria
Your local Santa Cruz Mexican / Salvadorian food joint.
OPEN10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Welcome to our Pupuseria!
We specialize in food from down south.
We’re proud to bring both Salvadorian & Mexican cuisine to Santa Cruz.
- Loroco y Queso
- Frijol y Queso
- Espinaca, Hongos, y Queso
- Yuca Frita
Downtown Vegetarian Burrito
Zucchini, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Mushrooms, Rice, Black Beans, Cheese, Guacamole all Wrapped in a Spinach Tortilla.
Meat, Onion, Fresh Salsa, & Cilantro on a Tortilla.
What People are Saying
Based on 580 reviews
02:14 04 Oct 22
Service at the register could be warmer but that doesn't take too much from the food.
05:24 12 Sep 22
Ordered a shredded chicken super burrito and had some issues with the food. The chicken was to tough to chew and it wasn’t shredded enough. Every... time I took a bite there was a huge chunk of chicken and that’s not really pleasant to experience when you’re trying to enjoy your food. The tortilla was soggy as well. I don’t think I’ll be going back especially if they’re going to be this careless with food.read more
01:04 28 Aug 22
We had a super long wait to get our food, but the pupusas were SO GOOD!
04:06 08 Aug 22
Great (also in terms of size) vegan burrito and even the green sauce was vegan 🙂 good prices too!
19:20 01 Aug 22
Ridiculous. Straight up effin delicious. Papusas are on point and the best I've ever had. If you like spice get there hottest salsa it was mouth... burning BUT still full of flavor. This my new spot in Santa cruz.read more
20:50 21 Jul 22
Best PUPUSAS I've ever had.I've had PUPUSAS in San Francisco, Gilroy, Watsonville and Marina, California and none compare to Santa Cruz.We come... to Santa Cruz once a month for PUPUSAS. Our favorite pupusas are filled with the chicharron beans and cheese.read more
20:10 20 Jul 22
I’m from a different state . And was in need of authentic Salvadorean/ Mexican food. I ate like 4 different times in 3 days at this place . The... food is AMAZING just what I was looking for and the customer service was just as amazing.read more
17:16 29 Jun 22
Amazing food. Great price. Omg get the nachos
19:08 23 Mar 22
Delicious! Rice was a bit underdone but was flavorful none the less. Got myself the pupusas, excellent! Hubby got himself the flautas, he said... they were great too! Friendly staff, table service given. Perfect lunch spot!read more
18:19 12 Mar 22
We got Burritos from here a week ago and honestly whoever made them did an excellent job. Bits of every ingredient in every bite, tasted fresh and... good. Can't speak for other's experiences but mine was good.read more
08:01 31 Jan 22
Bomb Popusas!!!! that I have had in a while, the super Taco is 💣💣💣💣 too. My wife and I had an awesome experience.
07:56 09 Jan 22
Great serving size and delicious food. Love the chili macho
Ernesto De La Rosa
16:22 20 Nov 21
Best super burritos around with the right mixture of ingredients with every bite. Their salsas are also perfection.
19:52 14 Nov 21
Great food , great service. The chile rellenos were great and pupusa's were FIYA !!!
23:34 03 Nov 21
I gotta say the food is good and yes I would come back to this place again
03:08 02 Nov 21
The tacos and pupusas are good but even though I placed a considerable order to go, they didnt go out of the way to help me, or at least offer to... help me carry everything to the car. I had to go back and forth four times in the rain; not very accommodating. I guess customer service could improve!read more
03:21 30 Oct 21
My favorite fish taco and my family loves the loroco papusas. Great Chile Verde too.
10:35 12 Oct 21
No flavor too much sauce taste like just tomatoes
04:44 09 Oct 21
I was raised Hispanic, and this place did not disappoint.We got the super taco which was very satisfying. And we also got the mixed pupusa which... was fresh and very flavorful. Overall would return over and over!!read more
01:46 23 Sep 21
Best dang veggie burrito in Santa Cruz hands down. Absolutely worth it.
04:37 12 Sep 21
Came here because of the positive reviews about the pupusas. They weren't bad but they were definitely not authentic Salvadorian pupusas. I give... them a 3.read more
23:10 03 Aug 21
Out if all the Mexican restaurants/taquerias we have eaten this one ranks at the very low if my list, will not come back here. Does not taste good... and they take long to deliver food, one plate at a time so dice of us in a table by the time they brought the third plate the first two persons had finish their food. 👎 Food not tasty, no flavor, chorizo tastes horrible, shrimp a la diabla the worse I've eaten🙈 lengua nachos we ask with no veggies but the lengua had no flavor, the other two meals were burritos but again mising flavor.read more
20:09 22 Jul 21
Spicy and delicious! I had a taco asada and enchilada plate. I pigged out! Lol
00:10 18 Jul 21
Great little hole in the wall. Service was great and did was even better!
Golden Gate Digital
15:16 14 Jul 21
Oh my gosh what an amazing restaurant. The tacos were out of this world and there were a lot of great choices for fresh, tasty, authentic Mexican... food. It's a must if you're in Santa Cruz.read more
16:03 02 Jul 21
Amazing, delicious food. Always grab a vegan burrito when nearby. The tomatillo salsa is also great to put on your burrito
Smokers Guide Products
16:14 01 Jul 21
Fast and friendly service on way to/from the beach. Pupusas are piping hot and served with sauce and pickled veg. (Only be careful of a potential... spillage disaster with the Ziploc bags they're served in, especially if driving and eating 😱) Prawn burritos are solid and tasty. Usually busy so best to call in the order. 👍🏽read more
15:10 23 Jun 21
The food was good but the papusa cold have been filled a little more. But they're hot coli was HOT, which is how I like it!!!!
05:34 22 Jun 21
Giant Merican-size pupusaS. They actually serve it with the coleslaw mix (you’d be surprised). Order one & take it from there or your waistline... will resemble a pupusaread more
17:58 23 Apr 21
Great food but rude service, I also called my order in 20 minutes in advanced to come and wait another 10.. I can understand that happening if... it’s a busy day, however there was no one in line no phones ringing..read more
16:00 09 Apr 21
The workers are nice the place is clean and oh boy is the food hot fresh and delicious
22:29 01 Apr 21
Amazing food! I stumbled across this place on vacation and was pleasantly surprised on the friendliness of the staff and got my food fast.
15:21 26 Mar 21
We were from out of town looking for yummy food. Thank goodness we found this place. Food was delicious and fresh. We ordered the pupusas with... jalapeno cheese, zucchini cheese, chicharron and cheese, and a mixed vegetable they were all delicious and the employees were friendly. They offer indoor and outdoor dining but have NO bathrooms. We will definitely be back, next visit.read more
02:18 13 Mar 21
I ordered 2 pupusas, one revuelta one bean and cheese and I could not spot the difference because it was as if I had only ordered a bean and... cheese pupusa. Their beans taste right out of a can and their pupusas in my opinion are not close to what Salvadoran pupusas taste like. I have had many pupusas from different places and these just don’t make the cut at all. I don’t usually leave reviews but I was very unsatisfied with their pupusas. Not authentic at all.read more
06:35 04 Mar 21
Tacos and pupusas were delicious. Definitely worth the trip over the hill.
22:20 12 Feb 21
great vegan burritos. they almost always get my order right. their fries are bland tho
21:57 09 Jan 21
They forgot most of our order and also weren’t able to be reached by phone directly for a period of time. The taste of what we received was okay,... but we were missing more than half of what we originally had ordered.read more
02:20 04 Jan 21
The food here is excellent, I def recommend trying their wet burrito
03:59 23 Dec 20
Although there are many great taquerias in Santa Cruz his is my favorite. ❤The menu is wild, it has everything you want, need and can... imagine. Mole burrito is what's up. And any wet burrito🌯 🥴🤤 Can't wait to try the pupusa's soon.read more
20:25 06 Dec 20
Great service, authentic taste and good prices.
23:21 26 Sep 20
Whenever I am in a new town one of the 1st things I try to find is a great taco place... ✔done! Great tacos, papayas, ceviche and AMAZING... chili relleno!read more
J guadalupe Gutierrez
14:45 18 Sep 20
Worse sirves ever , in employer had bad attitude, never I will come back
16:39 15 Sep 20
This is my go-to for tacos, burritos and just about any other dish. Watch out for the salsa though. Hot don't mess around. It's the honey badger... of salsa's.read more
03:17 14 Sep 20
Cheese pupusas are the best
02:17 14 Sep 20
I ordered a super burrito de asada, it was good. The tortilla was a little under done and the asada was a bit dry but other then that, it was... tasteful.read more
17:26 13 Sep 20
Excellent breakfast burritos
03:25 05 Sep 20
Love the pupusas. Service was very fast.
22:44 29 Aug 20
17:57 28 Aug 20
Has vegan burrito. Made fresh vegan pupusas for us with beans and spinach. Outside waiting area is spotless
02:47 28 Aug 20
Never had anything i didn't like. I love their chili rellenos. Their rice and beans are consistently yum. And you can't go wrong with handmade... tortillas.read more
18:10 24 Aug 20
I got the veggie burrito off the veggy menu. I was drawn to this place after I saw they misspelled the word "veggie". I'm bad at spelling as well... so I felt an immediate connection with this place after seeing the "veggy menu" sign. It made me feel good about myself that I was able to catch the spelling error. I rarely notice misspelled words and I rarely feel good about myself, so seeing this sign was a pleasant surprise. When I walked in I noticed that "veggie" was spelled the correct way on the sign inside. It was cool seeing the progression of the word. Their inside sign learned from the mistakes their outside sign made. I can definitely resonate with that. I almost never spell anything right the first time I write a review. Then after I read it over multiple times, I'll find out what I misspelled.For example, if you're reading this right now, this is not the original review I wrote. The original review had many grammar and spelling mistakes. The first time I wrote this review, I wrote out "right" when I was actually trying to say "write". Anyways, after checking for grammar and spelling mistakes, then I'll post the review on Yelp. Even after proofreading the review and then posting it on Yelp, I'll still find words misspelled later. I'm sure there are so many posted reviews where I'll never find the grammar/spelling mistakes. All I'm trying to say is that I don't blame this place for misspelling the word "veggie", I misspell words all the time. I kind of prefer "veggy" over "veggie". "Veggy" is quicker and to the point. It's one less letter than "veggie", so I'd imagine people would save a lot more time if they used "veggy" instead of "veggie". When it comes down to it, I didn't go to a taqueria to see proper spelling, I went for the burritos. The burrito was incredible here and for all I care they could misspell every word on their sign and I'd still come back for their amazing veggie/veggy burrito.read more
00:58 13 Jul 20
So grateful for this spot. Delicious pupusas, which can be hard to find! Also lovely mole, generous burritos, a side of avocado is like a whole... avocado! Swift, friendly service and super tasty food.read more
19:44 24 Jun 20
Pupusas and quesadilla were delicious. Bomb salsa for the pupusas and repollo.
04:55 20 Jun 20
Authentic Mexican/Salvadorian restaurant, had the lengua (tongue) burrito and the cheese and jalapeno pupusa, pretty good!
03:39 11 Jun 20
Take out only. Cash not accepted. Super burrito, carnitas, was very tasty. Hot sauce had the right amount of heat. I'll return.
14:06 25 May 20
Great tasting food, stoped here from out of town to eat. Place was clean and people were nice. Will eat here again.
Victor delosAngeles Jr
17:37 12 Mar 20
Very accommodating food was excellent and I love their jalapenos and carrots to carrots were perfect or not too hot and just like you enough to... actually enjoy the food huge thumbs upread more
03:48 19 Feb 20
Really great Papusas. Taco plate was good too. Very inexpensive, prompt service and an extremely we'll run establishment. I will be back.
23:52 08 Feb 20
We had a great meal. Fresh ingredients and friendly service. We'll definitely be back.
07:25 01 Feb 20
O man this place is so good. Awesome pupusas very filling and the micheladas set the tone. You wont be disappointed.
16:42 18 Jan 20
Been here a ton of times and began to get board with the menu so my friends and I asked the owner ( nice guy ) to take the downtown veggie... burrito which is stuffed added meat and grilled it. Super good. The best hidden item is you take his bacon wrapped shrimp appetizer and turn it into a burrito. Fat boy awesome ! So you can just about take any item and make it a burrito lol . Is you ask Robert nicely he will make it. Enjoy.read more
03:34 14 Jan 20
We went for a late breakfast/early lunch. This is a great Mexican restaurant, with excellent prices and good service. Given the time of day I was... looking to get a cup of coffee, and they made me a cup even though it wasn't listed on the menu. I ordered a super burrito, which was excellent as well. If you're looking for "that one Mexican restaurant that consistently delivers," I think this one is a great bet.read more
16:13 19 Dec 19
My preferred place for tasty Mexican food. Loved this place from the first taste. The service was very welcoming and observant. The bill was fair.
06:37 11 Dec 19
After going here for several years. I realized that a certain employee claiming to be the owner was over charging me evey time I went in and he... was there. I won't eat here anymore after I realized I was being ripped off by this certain employee. We used to eat here on a regular basis. I don't recommend this place to anyone anymore and I have even warned my neighbors about this place because we live so near by. Very sad to have to write this review but it isn't right!read more
15:19 24 Nov 19
Their Downtown burrito can't be beat! And their menu variety is excellent! Everything we've eaten here has been delicious!
20:39 19 Nov 19
Nice place and very friendly. It's our go to for Salvadorian pupusas. We love just the plain cheese ones, but they have other interesting choices... like veggies, mushrooms or beans. Jalapenos does put in an a real effort for vegetarians, so thanks for that! But I love seafood so I recommend the fish tacos. I get at least four! Some drawbacks are that the plantains are sometimes cooked when their not ripened enough, so they end up being hard and not sweet. I've told them before that I'd rather them tell me that up front, or just say that they are out of that menu item than let me pay for it and leave, only to return for a refund because it's not edible. My only other advice is that if you tend to go there towards the end of the night, the refried beans may be a bit past their prime. But overall these guys are great and we're a big fan! Don't ever leave me, I can't live without your pupusas. .....read more
04:58 24 Oct 19
Straight forward family owned taqueria.Superior service.Fresh salsa bar.Superior speed of service.Best taqueria in Santa Cruz.
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