El Chico Cafe Recipes 

Chef Jen
Updated June 14, 2019 482 votes 316 voters 63.8k views 8 items

El Chico recipes, a helpful guide to preparing your favorite dishes from the El Chico menu at home. These copycat recipes are typically not based on exactly the method used at El Chico, but are modeled closely on the flavor and texture of El Chico's food, making it easier than ever to bring these great tastes to your house for cheap.

El Chico is a chain of casual Tex-Mex restaurants with 78 locations found throughout the Southern United States. The business began in 1926 with Cuellar family near Dallas, TX, who sold their mother's chili and tamales at the county fair. Today, El Chico offers traditional Mexican-style dishes, including enchiladas, quesadillas, and, of course, margaritas.

From the cheesy biscuits at Red Lobster to the amazing sauces at Buffalo Wild Wings, it's always tempting to go out for a delicious treat at one of the numerous chain and franchise restaurants dotting the landscape. But eating out at restaurants all the time can be a costly proposition. Not to mention the fact that, at restaurants, you have no portion control, and can't alter the recipes, ingredients or style of cooking to suit your own taste.

Making El Chico Cafe menu items in your home gives you all of these options, while saving you money, and providing the same great diversity and taste that you'd find at your favorite casual dining spot. This list collections the best copycat El Chico Cafe recipes from around the Web.

What are El Chico recipes? This list will answer that question.
Chile Con Queso
Chile Con Queso is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list El Chico Cafe Recipes
Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 tomato, diced
10 large roasted green chile peppers, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup shredded queso asadero (white Mexican cheese)
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup milk
salt to taste

- Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Stir in the onion and tomato; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the green chile; cook for 2 minutes then stir in the cheese and milk.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently, until the cheese has melted.
Would you try this?
Beef Nachos
Beef Nachos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list El Chico Cafe Recipes
Photo: flickr/CC0

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
500g beef mince
300g can kidney beans, drained, rinsed
1 teaspoon Mexican chilli powder
35g sachet reduced-salt taco seasoning mix
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup coriander leaves, chopped
230g packet corn chips
1 cup grated tasty cheese

- Preheat oven to 200°C.
- Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
- Cook onion for 2 minutes, or until soft. Add mince.
- Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 5 minutes or until browned.
- Add kidney beans, chilli powder, seasoning, tomato paste and water.
- Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 5 minutes, or until thick.
- Stir through coriander.
- Arrange corn chips on a heatproof plate.
- Top with mince.
- Sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until hot.
- Top with salsa, avocado and sour cream.
Would you try this?
Quesadilla Circulo Salad
Quesadilla Circulo Salad... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list El Chico Cafe Recipes
Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

4 - ounces salad greens
1 - package Oven Roasted Chicken Breast, cut into strips
1/2 - cup Quesadilla cheese or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 - Avocado, ripe, peeled and sliced
1 - Roasted red pepper, cut into julienne strips
1/2 - cup Cilantro, chopped

2 - Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 - cup Chipotle Mayo

- In a large salad bowl, top 4 ounces of salad greens with chicken and grated cheese.
- Garnish with the avocado slices, red pepper slices and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
- To make dressing, add fresh lime juice to Chipotle Mayo and drizzle over salad.
Would you try this?
Chicken Monterrey Dinner
Chicken Monterrey Dinner... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list El Chico Cafe Recipes
Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
ground black pepper to taste
seasoning salt to taste
2 teaspoons dried parsley

- Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil grate.
- Dip chicken in lemon juice, and sprinkle with the onion powder, ground black pepper, seasoning salt and parsley.
- Discard any remaining lemon juice.
- Cook on the prepared grill 10 to 15 minutes per side, or until no longer pink and juices run clear.
Would you try this?