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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.

Happy Hour

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



- Thru -


11:00 am

9:00 pm


- And -


11:00 am

10:00 pm


10:00 am

8:00 pm

Happy Hour


3:00 pm

6:00 pm



  • Cocido

  • Monday

  • Pozole Verde de Pollo

  • Tuesday

  • Sopa de Fideo con Verduras

  • Wednesday

  • Caldo de Queso

  • Thursday

  • Caldo de Siete Mares

  • Friday

  • Menudo

  • Saturday + Sunday


  • Esquites

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

  • Totopos/Nachos

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

  • Chori - Queso

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

  • Fresh Guacamole

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

  • Alitas

  • Flavor of the week

  • Rajas con Crema

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

  • El Chinito Tostada

  • Al Pastor


Served with two sides of your choice, poblano rice, beans or calabacitas

  • Chile Relleno en Nogada

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

  • El Chinito Chorizo Burger

  • Ground beef, chorizo, chile poblano, grilled onions, greens, oaxaca cheese, crispy chorizo topping

  • El Chinito Gordo Especial

  • Al Pastor rice bowl

  • Eggless Chile Relleno

  • Filled with shrimp, creamy culichi sauce

  • Creamy Chipotle Chicken Breast

  • Lightly sauteéd chicken breast, creamy chipotle sauce

  • Pescado Veracruzano

  • Talapia braised with tomatoes, carrots, capers, olives, Mexican spice blend

  • Tortas Ahogadas <Gualdalajara Style>

  • Crips, roasted pork drowned in house-made chile de arbol, red onion garnish <hot or mild>

  • Chicken Breast Mole

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

  • Birria

  • Slow-cooked, flavored with chile and Mexican spice blends, served with cilantro, limes and onion

  • Steak with Salsade Chile Guajillo

  • Mexican-inspired steak dish, chile puree

  • Camarones en Salsa de Tequila

  • Nopalitos con Chile Rojo

  • Pineapple Seafood

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

Entradas y tacos

  • Las Enchiladas

  • Served with poblano rice, beans, red sauce/mole sauce

  • Los Tacos Crispy

  • Served with poblano rice, beans

  • Gorditas

  • Served with poblano rice, beans

  • Chimichanga

  • Garnished with green and purple cabbage

  • Tamales

  • Served with poblano rice, beans

  • Chile Rellenos

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

  • Fajitas

  • Chicken or beef skirt strip steak, bell pepper, onion, zucchini, served with sour cream, guacamole, tortillas, poblano rice, beans

  • Los Tacos Soft <a la Carte>

  • Al Pastor, Al Vapor (shredded beef), Birria, Chicken tinga with chorizo, Rajas con queso


Served with two sides of your choice, poblano rice, beans or calabacitas

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

  • 2 - 1 Chimichanga <Beef or Chicken< + Green corn Tamale

  • 3 - 1 Chile Relleno + 1 Beef Tamale

  • 4 - 1 Chile Relleno + 1 Beef Taco

  • 5 - 1 Chile Relleno + 1 Gordita

  • 6 - Carne con Chile + Tortillas

  • 7 - 1 Bean Tostada + Spinach Enchilada


  • Churro Nachos

  • Cinnamon sugar churro bites, flour tortilla chips, served over ice cream, caramel/chocolate drizzle

  • Crema Azteca

  • Houses-made custard, fresh mango sauce


  • Agua Fresca of the Day

  • Seasonal

  • Soft Drinks

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

  • Coffee

  • House Coffee, Café de Olla, Cafechata <coffee + horchata>, Cold Brew Coffee + Sparkling Water


Served from 11:00 to 2:30 // Monday - Friday. Served with two sides of your choice, poblano rice, beans or calabacitas. No Substitutions.

  • El Chinito Gordo Special Chile en Nogada

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

  • Enchiladas

  • Beef, Chicken, Spinach

  • Nopalitos en Guajillo Sauce

  • Beef

  • Chimichanga

  • Shredded beef or chicken, add enchilada sauce

  • Veggie Quesadilla

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

  • Chrispy Tacos

  • Shredded Beef, Ground Beef or Chicken

  • Quinoa Salad

  • Quinoa, spinach, jicama, mandarin, red bell peppers, almonds, walnuts, jamaica dressing

  • Chicken Fajita Salad

  • Chicken breast, bell pepper, zucchini, onion, corn, beans, avocado, slices, house dressing

  • Chile Relleno

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


  • Bloddy Maria

  • Blanco tequila, spiced tomato juice blend, lime

  • El Alacran

  • Mezcal, citrus splash, agave syrup

  • La Paloma Blanca

  • Silver tequila, soda splash, grapefruit

  • La sangrona

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

  • La Vida Loca

  • Vodka, Peach Schnapps, citrus splash, tajin rim

  • Fresa Lima Mula

  • Silver tequila, ginger beer, strawberries, lime, agave syrup, mint


  • Blackberry Cinnamon

  • Blanco tequila, Triple Sec, blackberry purée, orange juice, lime, cinnamon rim

  • Blood Orange Serrano

  • Blanco tequila, Triple Sec, blood orange, lime, salted rim

  • Jalapeño Watermelon

  • Blanco tequila, Triple Sec, watermelon purée, lime, jalapeño slices, agave syrup

  • Prickly Pear Guava

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

  • Spicy Cucumber

  • Blanco tequila, Triple Sec, cucumber, lime, agave syrup, chili powder rim

  • Strawberry Hibiscus

  • Blanco tequila, strawberries, hibiscus juice, agave syrup, lime

Pinchi Michi

  • Cerveza Preparada

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


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