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About Our Food

At El Chinito Gordo, we don’t just make authentic Mexican food- we live and breathe it. Our menu is inspired by Central Mexican recipes passed down through generations, carefully refined in a way that preserves tradition and elevates Tucson’s Mexican culinary scene. We’ve melded flavors, textures, spices, and ingredients in meaningful ways that evoke a deep sense of true, Mexican home-style cooking. We do this all for a simple reason: to bring together friends, families, and the Tucson community; nourishing panzas and souls alike.

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Happy Hour

Badge daily from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hours

Monday

- Thru -

Thursday

11:00 am

9:00 pm

Friday

- And -

Saturday

11:00 am

10:00 pm

Sunday

12:00 pm

9:00 pm

Happy Hour

Daily

3:00 pm

6:00 pm

Menu

Sopa

  • Pozole Verde de Pollo

  • Every Day

  • Cocido

  • Monday

  • Sopa Azteca

  • Tuesday

  • Sopa de Fideo con Verduras

  • Wednesday

  • Caldo de Queso

  • Thursday

  • Caldo de Siete Mares

  • Friday

  • Menudo (Red or White)

  • Available in small or large portions. Saturday and Sunday.

Aperitivos

  • Combo Sampler

  • Rajas con crema, 4 alitas (wings), small al Pastor cheese tostada

  • Al Pastor Cheese Tostada

  • Alitas (Wings)

  • Flavor of the week. Available in 6 pieces or 12 pieces.

  • Chori-Queso

  • House cheese blend, melted chorizo, Poblano peppers, green onions

  • Totopos/Nachos

  • Shredded beef or chicken with beans, queso fresco, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream

  • Rajas con Crema

  • Roasted Poblano peppers, sweet corn, simmered in cream-based sauce

  • Esquites

  • Fire-grilled corn with crema, queso cotija, chili guajillo, onions, cilantro, garlic

  • Fresh Guacamole

  • Made fresh daily with avocados, pico de gallo, queso fresco

Creaciones

Comes with your choice of two sides: creamy Poblano rice with corn, beans, or calabacitas.

  • El Chinito Chorizo Burger

  • Ground beef, chorizo, Poblano chile, grilled onions, greens, Oaxaca cheese, crispy chorizo topping. Served with chips only. +Add an over easy egg

  • Chile En Nogada

  • Poblano pepper filled with picadillo ( ground beef, spices, fruit, walnuts), topped with walnut-based cream sauce, pomegranate seeds.

  • Birria

  • Slow-cooked beef, flavored with chile, Mexican spice blends. Served with cilantro, limes, onion.

  • Eggless Chile Relleno con Camarones

  • Filled with shrimp, creamy culichi sauce.

  • Al Pastor Rice Bowl

  • Al pastor meat, creamy Poblano rice. Served with cilantro, onion, tomatillo salsa.

  • Creamy Chipotle Chicken Breast

  • Lightly sautéed chicken breast, creamy chipotle sauce.

  • Pescado Veracruzano

  • Tilapia braised with tomatoes, carrots, capers, olives, Mexican spice blend.

  • Tortas Ahogadas

  • Crisp, roasted pork drowned in house-made chile de arbol, red onion garnish. Available in hot or mild.

  • Chicken Breast Mole

  • House-made mole sauce (chile blend, Mexican spice blend, chocolate).

  • Steak with Salsa de Chile Guajillo

  • Mexican-inspired steak dish, chile purée.

  • Camarones en Salsa de Tequila

  • Shrimp, tequila-lime sauce

  • Nopalitos con Chile Rojo

  • Diced prickly pear, guajillo sauce +Add beef

  • Pineapple Seafood

  • Scallops, octopus, shrimp, calamari, fish, clams, sautéed vegetables, served in a pineapple boat

Entradas Y Tacos

Available sides are: creamy Poblano rice with corn, beans, calabacitas

  • Las Enchiladas <3>

  • Chicken, ground beef, Asadero cheese or spinach, smothered in red sauce. Served with two sides.

  • Los Tacos Crispy <3>

  • Beef patties or shredded beef. Served with two sides.

  • Gorditas <2>

  • Ground beef, chicken tinga, rajas con queso or birria. Served with two sides.

  • Chimichanga

  • Chicken, ground beef, birria, or bean. Served with two sides. Add enchilada style. Add guacamole and sour cream.

  • Tamales <2>

  • Green corn or beef. Served with two sides.

  • Chile Rellenos <2>

  • Dipped in egg batter and pan-fried, filled with Asadero cheese, topped with house sauce. Served with two sides.

  • Fajitas

  • Chicken or beef skirt strip steak, bell pepper, onion, zucchini. Served with sour cream, guacamole and tortillas. Served with two sides. Add shrimp.

  • Los Tacos Soft (A La Carte)

  • Al pastor, birria, chicken tinga with chorizo, or rajas con queso, served with onions, cilantro. No Sides.

Combinaciones

Served with two sides: creamy Poblano rice with corn, beans, or calabacitas

  • 1 - 1 Beef Tamale + 1 Beef Taco + 1 Chicken Enchilada

  • 2 - 1 Chimichanga + 1 Green Corn Tamale

  • 3 - 1 Chile Relleno + 1 Beef Tamale

  • 4 - 1 Chile Relleno + 1 Beef Taco

  • 5 - 1 Chile Relleno + 1 Birria Gordita

  • 6 - Carne con Chile + Tortillas

  • 7 - 1 Been Tostada + 1 Spinach Enchilada

Postres

  • Churro Nachos

  • Churro bites, cinnamon-sugar dusted bunuelo chips, served over ice cream, caramel/chocolate drizzle

  • Crema Azteca

  • House-made custard, fresh mango sauce

  • Arroz con Leche (with Dulce de Leche)

  • Creamy house-made sweet rice, cinnamon, dulce de leche

Bebidas

  • Agua Fresca of the Day

  • One refill

  • House-made Jamaica

  • One refill

  • House-made Horchata

  • One Refill

  • Mexican Bottles

  • Coke, Sprite, Orange Fanta, Topo Chico

  • Soft Drinks

  • Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, Root Beer, Fanta Orange, Fanta Strawberry, Lemonade

  • Tea

  • Sweetened, Unsweetened, Raspberry, Green Tea

  • Coffee

  • House Coffee (refills), Café de Olla (no refills), Cafechata (no refills)

Cocteles

  • Bloody Maria

  • Blanco tequilla, spiced tomato juice blend, lime

  • La Paloma Blanca

  • Silver tequila, soda splash, grapefruit

  • La Sangrona

  • House red wine, brandy, orange juice, seasonal fruit

  • Strawberry Tequila Sunrise

  • Blanco tequila, fresh strawberry puree, orange juice, soda splash, agave syrup

  • Tequila Blackberry Lemonade

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, fresh blackberry, lemonade

Margaritas

  • Margarita Flight

  • Three mini-margaritas of your choice

  • Blackberry Cinnamon

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, blackberry purée, orange juice, lime, cinnamon rim

  • Jalapeño Watermelon

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, watermelon purée, lime, jalapeño slices, agave syrup, Tajin rim

  • Jalapeño Pineapple

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, pineapple juice, jalapeño slices, agave syrup, Tajin rim

  • Peach Pomegranate

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, Peach Schnapps, pomegranate juice, agave syrup, Tajin rim

  • Prickly Pear Guava

  • Blanco tequila, Cointreau, prickly pear purée, guava purée

  • Spicy Cucumber

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, cucumber, lime, agave syrup, Tajin rim

  • Strawberry Hibiscus

  • Blanco tequila, strawberries, hibiscus juice, agave syrup

Pinchi Michi

  • Cerveza Preparada

  • Beer of your choice, spiced tomato juice blend, lime

Cerveza

  • Local Draft

  • Barrio Rojo, Barrio Blonde Ale, 1912 Ta Weno, Dragoon IPA

  • Mexican

  • Bohemia, Corona, Dos Equis, Dos Equis Amber, Modelo Negra, Modelo Especial, Tecate Original, Indio

  • Domestic

  • Bud Light, Budweiser, Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite, Coors Light

Cerveza Cans

  • Barrio (12 oz.)

  • Barrio Rojo, Barrio Blonde Ale, Barrio Citrazona IPA

  • Dragoon (16 oz.)

  • Santa Cruz'r - Golden Ale, Stronghold Session Ale - American Mild Ale, Dragoon IPA - West Coast IPA, Refraction - American Pale Ale

  • Cerveza To Go!

  • Load a 4-pack of your favorite cans

Agua Locas

  • Agua Fresca + Alcohol

  • Agua fresca of the day with your choice of vodka, tequila, or rum. Tajin rim (optional).

Vino

  • Oxford Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Oxford Landing Merlot

  • Oxford Landing Chardonnay

  • Oxford Landing Pinot Grigio

  • Yalumba Rosé of Sangiovese

Almuerzo

Served from 11:00AM to 2:30PM, Monday through Friday. Choice of two sides, poblano rice, beans or calabacitas. No Substitutions.

  • Chile En Nogada

  • Poblano pepper filled with picadillo (ground beef, spices, fruit, walnuts) topped with walnut-based cream sauce, pomegranate seeds

  • Enchiladas <2>

  • Ground beef, chicken, cheese (Asadero), or spinach

  • Nopalitos en Guajillo Sauce

  • +Add beef

  • Chimichanga

  • Shredded beef or chicken +Add enchilada style

  • Veggie Quesadilla

  • Filled with spinach, mushrooms, bell pepper, onions & Asadero cheese

  • Crispy Tacos <2>

  • Shredded beef, ground beef, or chicken

  • Quinoa Salad

  • Quinoa, spinach, jicama, mandarin, red bell peppers, almonds, walnuts, jamaica dressing. No sides.

  • Chicken Fajita Salad

  • Chicken breast, bell pepper, zucchini, onion, corn, beans, avocado, house dressing. No sides.

  • Chile Relleno <1>

  • Dipped in egg batter and pan-fried, filled with Asadero cheese, topped with house sauce

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