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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> <$9.95 bowl>

  • Every Day

  • Cocido <$6.95 cup> <$9.95 bowl>

  • Monday

  • Sopa Azteca <$6.95 cup> <$9.95 bowl>

  • Tuesday <$6.95 cup> <$9.95 bowl>

  • Sopa de Fideo con Verduras <$6.95 cup> <$8.95 bowl>

  • Wednesday

  • Caldo de Queso <$6.95 cup> <$9.95 bowl>

  • Thursday

  • Caldo de Siete Mares <$18.00>

  • Friday

  • Menudo (Red or White) <$6.95 cup> <$9.95 bowl>

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

Aperitivos

  • Combo Sampler <$15.95>

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

  • Al Pastor Cheese Tostada <$12.95>

  • Alitas (Wings)

  • Flavor of the week. Available in 6 pieces <$8.95> or 12 pieces <$15.50>.

  • Chori-Queso <$11.95>

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

  • Totopos/Nachos <$10.95>

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

  • Rajas con Crema <$8.95>

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

  • Esquites <$8.95>

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

  • Fresh Guacamole <$8.95>

  • 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 <$14.00>

  • Ground beef, chorizo, poblano chile, grilled onions, greens, Oaxaca cheese, crispy chorizo topping. Served with chips only. +over easy egg <$1.00>

  • Chile En Nogada <$16.00>

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

  • Birria <$14.50>

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

  • Eggless Chile Relleno con Camarones <$16.00>

  • 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 <$12.95>

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

  • Creamy Chipotle Chicken <$15.50>

  • Lightly sautéed chicken breast, creamy chipotle sauce.

  • Pescado Veracruzano <$14.95>

  • Tilapia in tomato based sauce with carrots, capers, olives.

  • Tortas Ahogadas, Guadalajara Style <$14.00>

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

  • Mole Chicken <$15.50>

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

  • Steak with Salsa de Chile Guajillo <$14.50>

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

  • Camarones en Salsa de Tequila <$16.50>

  • 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 Y Tacos

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

  • Las Enchiladas (3) <$12.95>

  • Choose from: ground beef, chicken, shrimp culichi <$14.95>, cheese <$11.95>, spinach <$11.95> Available with red or green salsa.

  • Gorditas (2) <$13.50>

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

  • Fajitas <$14.95>

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

  • Chile Rellenos (2) <$13.95>

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

  • Chimichanga <$12.95>

  • Choose from: ground beef, chile con carne, chicken, birria, bean <$11.95>, chicken, rajas con queso <$11.95> +enchilada style <$3.00> +guacamole <$1.00> +sour cream <$1.00>

  • Tamales (2)

  • Beef <$12.50> or green corn <$11.50>.

  • Ceviche Tostadas (2) - Friday through Sunday Only <$9.50>

  • Shrimp in a tomato/onion/cucumber/citrus marinade on a crunchy tortilla, avocado garnish.

  • Los Crispy Tacos (3) <$12.95>

  • Choose from: ground beef, shredded beef, chicken, potato <$11.95>.

  • Quesabirria (3) <$11.95>

  • Crisped quesadilla, Asadero cheese blend, birria broth side. Served with cabbage, onion, cilantro.

  • Fiesta Pasta

  • Penne pasta, grilled chicken, peas, carrots, corn, nopalitos, poblano pepper sauce. No sides.

  • Large Keto Taco (1) <$9.95>

  • Crispy tortilla filled with carne asada or birria, cabbage, pico de gallo, sliced avocado.

  • Los Soft Tacos (A La Carte) <$3.00 each>

  • Choose from: Al Pastor, carne asada, grilled fish, birria, chicken tinga with chorizo, grilled chicken, rajas con queso, grilled shrimp <$3.95>. Served with cilantro, onions, lime.

Combinaciones

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

  • #1 <$14.95>

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

  • #2 <$14.95>

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

  • #3 <$14.95>

  • 1 chile relleno + 1 beef tamale

  • #4 <$13.95>

  • Small soup of the day + 2 crispy tacos

  • #5 <$14.95>

  • 1 chile relleno + 1 birria gordita

  • #6 <$13.95>

  • Carne con chile + tortillas

  • #7 <$12.95>

  • 1 been tostada + 2 spinach enchiladas

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 <$13.00>

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

  • Enchiladas (2) <$10.95>

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

  • Nopalitos en Guajillo Sauce <$9.95>

  • +Add beef

  • Chimichanga <$10.95>

  • Shredded beef or chicken +Add enchilada style

  • Veggie Quesadilla <$9.95>

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

  • Crispy Tacos (2) <$10.95>

  • Shredded beef, ground beef, or chicken

  • Quinoa Salad <$10.95>

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

  • Chicken Fajita Salad <$11.95>

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

  • Chile Relleno (1) <$10.95>

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

Postres

  • Churro Nachos <$10.95>

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

  • Crema Azteca <$6.00>

  • House-made custard, mango sauce.

  • Arroz con Leche <$6.00>

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

  • Apple Pie Crunch Roll <$6.00>

  • (2) Fried apple filled chimis, cinnamon-sugar dusted, served with fried ice cream.

Bebidas

  • Agua Fresca of the Day <$3.00>

  • One refill

  • House-made Jamaica <$3.00>

  • One refill

  • House-made Horchata <$3.00>

  • One Refill

  • Mexican Bottles <$2.50>

  • Coke, Sprite, Orange Fanta, Topo Chico

  • Soft Drinks <$3.00>

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

  • Tea <$3.00>

  • Sweetened, Unsweetened, Raspberry, Green Tea

  • Coffee

  • House Coffee (refills) <$3.00>, Café de Olla (no refills) <$5.25>, Cafechata (no refills) <$5.25>

  • Cafe de Olla <$5.75>

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

  • Cafechata Float <$6.75>

  • Coffee, horchata, ice cream.

  • Juice <$2.50>

  • Apple or orange

Cocteles

  • Gorda Maria <$8.50>

  • Blanco tequila, spiced tomato juice blend, horseradish, fresh lime juice. Garnished with celery, olives, cucumber, fresh garlic. +bacon <$1.00> +premium alcohol <$2.00>

  • La Paloma Blanca <$9.00>

  • Silver tequila, soda splash, grapefruit

  • La Sangrona <$10.00>

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

  • Strawberry Tequila Sunrise <$9.00>

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

  • Tequila Blackberry Lemonade <$9.00>

  • Blanco tequila, triple sec, fresh blackberry, lemonade

Margaritas

  • Margarita Flight <$15.00>

  • Three mini-margaritas of your choice

  • Blackberry Cinnamon <$8.50>

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

  • Jalapeño Watermelon <$8.50>

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

  • Jalapeño Pineapple <$8.50>

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

  • Peach Pomegranate <$8.50>

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

  • Prickly Pear Guava <$8.50>

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

  • Spicy Cucumber <$8.50>

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

  • Strawberry Hibiscus <$8.50>

  • Blanco tequila, strawberries, hibiscus juice, agave syrup

  • House Margarita <$6.50>

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

Otro Alcohol

  • Cerveza Preparada <$8.50>

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

  • Agua Fresca + Alcohol <$7.50>

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

Cerveza

  • Local Draft <$6.00>

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

  • Mexican <$5.00>

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

  • Domestic <$4.00>

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

Cerveza Cans

  • Barrio (12 oz.)

  • Barrio Rojo <$4.00>, Barrio Blonde Ale <$4.00>, Barrio Citrazona IPA <$5.00>

  • Dragoon (16 oz.)

  • Santa Cruz'r - Golden Ale <$5.00>, Stronghold Session Ale - American Mild Ale <$5.00>, Dragoon IPA - West Coast IPA <$6.00>, Refraction - American Pale Ale <$5.00>

  • Cerveza To Go!

  • 4 Pack, 12 oz. <$11.00>, 4 Pack, 16 oz. <$14.00>

Vino

  • Oxford Cabernet Sauvignon <$7.00>

  • Oxford Landing Merlot <$7.00>

  • Oxford Landing Chardonnay <$7.00>

  • Oxford Landing Pinot Grigio <$7.00>

  • Yalumba Rosé of Sangiovese <$7.00>

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>

  • Homemade chorizo, (2) over easy eggs, crispy + 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, homemade 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>

  • Homemade chorizo, egg. Served with crispy + roasted potatoes, refried beans.

  • Chorizo Egg Torta <$11.95>

  • Homemade 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, crispy + 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 <$9.95>

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

  • Molletes Dulces <$5.95>

  • (2) pieces of 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 <$8.50>

  • Blanco tequila, spiced tomato juice blend, horseradish, fresh lime juice. Garnished with celery, olives, cucumber, fresh garlic. +bacon <$1.00> +premium vodka <$2.00>

  • La Sangrona <$10.00>

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

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