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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

9:30 pm

Sunday

10:00 am

7:00 pm

Happy Hour

Daily

3:00 pm

6:00 pm

Menu

Sopas

  • Pozole Verde de Pollo <$6.95 cup, $10.75 bowl>

  • Every Day

  • Cocido <$6.95 cup, $10.75 bowl>

  • Monday

  • Sopa Azteca <$6.95 cup, $10.75 bowl>

  • Tuesday

  • Albondigas <$6.95 cup, $10.75 bowl>

  • Wednesday

  • Caldo de Queso <$6.95 cup, $10.75 bowl>

  • Thursday

  • Caldo de Siete Mares <$18.00>

  • Friday

  • Menudo (Red or White) <$6.95 cup, $10.75 bowl>

  • Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Aperitivos

  • Combo Sampler <$16.95>

  • Rajas con crema, 6 alitas (wings) - one flavor, 4 shredded beef mini chimichangas.

  • Al Pastor Cheese Tostada <$18.95>

  • Served with onions, cilantro, pineapple chunks, salsa.

  • Alitas (Wings) <$9.95 half dozen, $16.95 full dozen>

  • Choose from jamaica chipotle, mango chili oil, or flavor of the week. One flavor per half dozen.

  • Chori-Queso <$12.95>

  • House cheese blend, chorizo, poblano peppers. +shrimp 3.00

  • Totopos/Nachos <$13.95>

  • Shredded beef or chicken, beans, queso fresco, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream. +Al Pastor $1.00

  • Rajas con Crema + Queso <$9.95>

  • Roasted poblano peppers, sweet corn, onions, tomato, simmered in cream-based sauce.

  • Esquites <$9.95>

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

  • Fresh Guacamole <$9.95>

  • Made fresh daily.

Creaciones del Jefe // Chef’s Creations

Entrees come with two sides, unless noted otherwise.. Available sides: creamy poblano rice with corn, beans, or calabacitas. Frijoles puercos available for +$2.00.

  • El Chinito Chorizo Burger <$15.95>

  • Ground beef/chorizo mix, chorizo, poblano chile, tumbleweed onions, lettuce, tomato, mozzarella cheese, BBQ mayo. Served with chips only. +over easy egg $1.00

  • Chile En Nogada <$18.00>

  • Poblano pepper filled with picadillo ( ground beef, fruit, walnut, spices), topped with almond bacon cream sauce, seasonal seeds.

  • Birria <$16.00>

  • Slow-cooked beef in chile broth. Served with cilantro, onion, lime.

  • Eggless Chile Relleno con Camarones <$19.00>

  • Poblano pepper filled with shrimp and vegetables, covered in creamy culichi sauce.

  • Pineapple Seafood <$MP>

  • Pineapple boat filled with scallops, octopus, shrimp, calamari, fish, clams, sautéed vegetables.

  • Al Pastor Rice Bowl <$15.00>

  • Al pastor, creamy poblano rice, tomatillo salsa. Served with cilantro, onions, lime.

  • Tortas Ahogada, Guadalajara Style <$16.00>

  • Carnitas drowned in house-made chile de arbol sauce (hot or mild).

  • Creamy Chipotle Chicken <$17.00>

  • Lightly sautéed chicken breast, creamy chipotle sauce.

  • Mole Chicken <$17.00>

  • Lightly sautéed chicken breast, house-made mole sauce.

  • Steak with Salsa de Chile Guajillo <$17.00>

  • Sliced steak, chile guajillo sauce, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes.

  • Camarones en Salsa de Tequila <$19.00>

  • Grilled shrimp, tomato based tequila/lime sauce.

  • Nopalitos con Chile Rojo <$9.50>

  • Diced prickly pear tossed in guajillo sauce. +carne con chile $2.00

Entradas // Entrees

Entrees come with two sides, unless noted otherwise. Available sides: creamy poblano rice with corn, beans, or calabacitas.

  • Las Enchiladas (3) <$13.95>

  • Choose from: ground beef, chicken, cheese, spinach, or shrimp culichi <$16.95> Available with red or green salsa.

  • Gorditas (2) <$14.50>

  • Choose from: ground beef, chile con carne, birria, chicken tinga, or rajas con crema + queso,.

  • Fajitas <$15.95>

  • Chicken or steak, bell pepper, onion. Served with sour cream, guacamole, and tortillas. +shrimp $3.00

  • Chile Rellenos (2) <$15.95>

  • Poblano pepper filled with mozzarella cheese, dipped in egg batter bath, pan-fried, topped with house salsa, more mozzarella cheese.

  • Chimichanga <$13.95>

  • Choose from: ground beef, chile con carne, birria, chicken, bean, or rajas con crema + queso. +enchilada style $3.00 +guacamole $1.50 +sour cream $1.50

  • Tamales (2) <$13.95>

  • Choose from: beef, green corn. +enchilada sauce $1.50 +green sauce $1.50

  • Los Crispy Tacos (3) <$13.95>

  • Choose from: ground beef, shredded beef, shredded chicken, or potato <$12.95>.

  • Quesabirria (2) <$12.95>

  • Crisped quesadilla, mozzarella cheese blend, birria. Served with onion, cilantro, birria broth.

  • Shrimp Culichi Pasta <$19.95>

  • Grilled shrimp, culichi sauce, bell peppers, onions, mozzarella cheese topping on a bed of noodles.

  • Los Soft Tacos (A La Carte) <$3.25 each>

  • Choose from: Al Pastor, carne asada, carnitas, birria, chicken tinga with chorizo, grilled chicken, chicharrones, rajas con crema + queso, beer battered fish <$4.25>, grilled shrimp <$4.25>, carne asada with Hot Cheetos <$4.25>, birria with Hot Cheetos <$4.25>.

Flacos // Skinny

  • Salmon Salad <$16.95>

  • Romaine lettuce, bell pepper, cucumber, tomato, queso frescco, corn, red onion, avocado + tomatillo dressing. No sides.

  • Chicken Fajita Salad <$15.95>

  • Chicken breast, bell pepper, onion, avocado + tomatillo dressing. No sides.

  • Veggie Quesadilla <$13.95>

  • Onions, bell pepper, spinach, mozzarella cheese. Served with rice and beans.

Combinaciones

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

  • #1 <$16.95>

  • 1 beef tamale + 1 beef taco + 1 chicken enchilada

  • #2 <$15.95>

  • 1 chimichanga (beef or chicken) + 1 green corn tamale

  • #3 <$15.95>

  • 1 chile relleno + 1 beef tamale

  • #4 <$12.50>

  • Small soup of the day + 2 ground beef crispy tacos

  • #5 <$15.95>

  • 1 chile relleno + 1 birria gordita

  • #6 <$14.95>

  • Carne con chile + tortillas

  • #7 <$14.95>

  • 1 been tostada + 2 spinach enchiladas

Almuerzo

Served from 11:00AM to 2:30PM, Monday through Friday. Lunch plates come with two sides, unless noted otherwise. Available sides: creamy poblano rice with corn, beans, or calabacitas. No substitutions.

  • Chile En Nogada <$13.50>

  • Poblano pepper filled with picadillo (ground beef, fruit, walnut, spices). Topped with almond bacon cream sauce, seasonal seeds.

  • Chile Relleno (1) <$10.95>

  • Poblano pepper filled with mozzarella cheese, dipped in egg batter bath, pan-fried, topped with house salsa, more mozzarella cheese.

  • Enchiladas (2) <$10.95>

  • Choose from: ground beef, chicken, cheese, spinach, or shrimp culichi <$12.95>. Available with red or green salsa.

  • Chimichanga <$10.95>

  • Choose from: ground beef, chile con carne, birria, shredded chicken, bean, or rajas con crema + queso. +enchilada style $2.00 +guacamole $1.50 +sour cream $1.50

  • Los Crispy Tacos (2) <$10.95>

  • Choose from: ground beef, shredded beef, shredded chicken, or potato.

  • Nopalitos con Chile Rojo <$9.95>

  • Diced prickly pear tossed in guajillo sauce. +carne con chile $2.00

  • Chicken Fajita Salad <$11.95>

  • Chicken breast, bell pepper, onion, avocado + tomatillo dressing. No sides.

  • Veggie Quesadilla <$9.95>

  • Onions, bell pepper, spinach, mozzarella cheese. No sides.

Postres

  • Churro Nachos <$10.95>

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

  • Crema Azteca <$7.00>

  • House-made custard, mango sauce.

  • Flan <$7.00>

  • House-made, caramel sauce.

  • Arroz con Leche <$7.00>

  • House-made sweet rice pudding, caramel, raisins.

Bebidas

  • Agua Fresca of the Day <$3.50>

  • One refill

  • House-made Jamaica <$3.50>

  • One refill

  • House-made Horchata <$3.50>

  • One Refill

  • Mexican Bottles <$3.25>

  • Coke, Sprite, Orange Fanta, Topo Chico

  • Soft Drinks <$3.25>

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

  • Tea <$3.25>

  • Sweetened, Unsweetened, Raspberry, Green Tea

  • Coffee <$3.25>

  • House

  • Cafe de Olla <$5.75>

  • Mexican cafecito (ground coffee, cinnamon, Mexican spices, piloncillo).

  • Cafechata <$6.75>

  • Iced house coffee, horchata, ice cream (opt.)

  • Juice <$2.50>

  • Apple or orange

SPECIALTY DRINKS

Premium alcohol +$2.00

  • Gorda Maria <$10.00>

  • Spiced tomato juice blend, horseradish, fresh lime juice, and your choice of alcohol (vodka, tequila, rum, or gin). Garnished with celery, olives, cucumber. +bacon $1.00

  • La Sangrona <$10.00>

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

  • Strawberry Tequila Sunrise <$10.00>

  • Blanco tequila, fresh strawberry puree, orange juice. Rimmed with Tajin and Mexican candy.

  • El Mojito <$10.00>

  • House rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, soda, fresh mint.

  • El Sapo Verde <$10.00>

  • Vodka, melon liqueur, hints of pineapple and vanilla cream.

  • Aguas Locas <$8.00>

  • Agua fresca of the day + your choice of alcohol (vodka, tequila, rum, or gin).

  • Mulas / Mules <$10.00>

  • Ginger beer, muddled mint, fresh lime juice + your choice of alcohol (vodka, tequila, rum or gin).

  • Pinchi Michi <$10.00>

  • Spiced tomato juice blend, horseradish, fresh lime juice, and your choice of beer. Garnished with celery, olives, cucumber. +bacon $1.00

Margaritas

Served with Tajin rim unless specified otherwise.

  • Margarita Flight <$16.00>

  • Three mini-margaritas of your choice.

  • House Margarita <$8.50>

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, house-made margarita mix, salt rim.

  • Blackberry Horchata <$10.00>

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, horchata, blackberry purée.

  • Jalapeño Watermelon <$10.00>

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, watermelon purée, lime, jalapeño, agave syrup.

  • Jalapeño Pineapple <$10.00>

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, pineapple juice, jalapeño, agave syrup.

  • Prickly Pear Guava <$10.00>

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, Cointreau, prickly pear purée, guava purée, agave syrup.

  • Strawberry Hibiscus <$10.00>

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, strawberries, hibiscus juice, agave syrup.

  • Peach Pomegranate <$10.00>

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

  • Blackberry Cinnamon <$10.00>

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, blackberry purée, orange juice, agave syrup.

  • Spicy Cucumber <$10.00>

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, cucumber, jalapeño, lime, agave syrup.

  • Mango Chamoy <$10.00>

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, mango purée, chamoy.

Cerveza

  • Local Draft <$7.00>

  • 1912 Weapons Check, Barrio Rojo, Dos Equis Lager, Dragoon IPA <$8.00>.

  • Mexican Bottles <$6.00>

  • Bohemia, Corona, Dos Equis Amber, Dos Equis Lager, Indio, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, Pacifico, Tecate, Tecate Light.

  • Domestic <$5.00>

  • Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Zero (can), Coors Light, Michelob Ultra, Miller Light.

Brunch

Served Sundays from 10AM to 2PM. No substitutions.

  • Menudo <$6.95 sm, $9.95 lg>

  • Choose from red or white. Served with onions, cilantro, bread.

  • El Gordito Deluxe <$11.95>

  • House-made chorizo, 2 over easy eggs, roasted potatoes, refried beans, Mexican pan (bread). +bacon $2.00

  • Chilaquiles with Red or Green Sauce <$10.95>

  • Crispy tortillas, 2 over easy eggs, queso fresco, crema. +chorizo $2.00

  • Tamale Ranchero <$11.95>

  • Pan-fried shredded beef tamale, topped with a fried egg, house-made chorizo, roasted salsa. Served with rice and beans.

  • Huevos Rancheros <$10.95>

  • 2 over easy eggs on corn tortillas, roasted house salsa, queso fresco. Served with refried beans.

  • Chorizo Burrito <$11.95>

  • House-made chorizo, egg. Served with roasted potatoes, refried beans.

  • Chorizo Egg Torta <$11.95>

  • House-made chorizo, over easy egg, queso fresco, refried beans, Mexican pan (bread). Served open-face style.

  • Flat Cheese Enchiladas <$9.95>

  • 2 flat enchiladas in guajillo sauce, 2 over easy eggs, refried beans. +shredded beef or chicken tinga $2.00

  • Nopalitos con Huevos <$10.95>

  • Fried prickly pear cactus, scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, guajillo sauce, queso fresco. Served with refried beans, tortillas.

  • Tequila Pancakes <$8.95>

  • Buttermilk batter mix with shot of tequila, powdered sugar. +add fruit $1.50

  • Pancakes <$6.95>

  • Buttermilk batter mix, powdered sugar. +add fruit $1.50

  • French Toast (2) <$9.95>

  • Toast soaked in milk + eggs, pan-fried. Crunchy cereal coating, Nutella drizzle.

  • Molletes Dulces (2) <$5.95>

  • Buttered toast with cajeta (Mexican caramel) or house-made strawberry jam, powdered sugar.

Brunch Tragos

Sundays from 10AM to 2PM. No substitutions.

  • Meximosas <$5.50>

  • Original, strawberry, blackberry, mango, prickly pear, pomegranate, peach, amaretto.

  • Gorda Maria <$10.00>

  • Spiced tomato juice blend, horseradish, fresh lime juice, and your choice of alcohol (vodka, tequila, rum, gin). Garnished with celery, olives, cucumber. +bacon $1.00

  • La Sangrona <$10.00>

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

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