A family-owned Chicago food manufacturer founded in 1927, Iltaco (originally Illinois Tamale Company) makes frozen snack foods for retail, food service, and c-stores. They have two frozen pizza labels, “Big,” and “Bella,” sell frozen tamales and burritos, but probably their biggest presence is in the niche category of “Pizza Puffs ™.”
A pizza puff is savory ingredients surrounded by a soft flour tortilla and baked til ready to eat. Flavors include: gyro, pulled pork, buffalo chicken, reuben, original, pepperoni, taco, deluxe,ham & cheese, 4 cheese, and beef.
The products are manufactured at Iltaco’s plant on Hubbard, about a mile west of the Loop (pictured below). Frozen puffs can be baked, microwaved, or deep-fried. I went with the bake method, the results shown below. (20 minutes, 425). I like these. The crust is flaky/crispy, the sauce and cheese flavors are very pleasant, as is the pepperoni. I think the cost was less than $1.50. Be good to have some in the freezer to ease a sudden pizza craving.
Good for an after school snack, too.
Obviously these guys were way ahead of the “Hot Pockets” people, which didn’t hit the grocery stores until the mid 1980s.
Iltaco Pizza Puff Review