About Us

Pilsen vibrantly continues growing and changing its landscape culturally and socially with its newer residents! The Mexican-American population still have a bigger influence in the area, bringing some of the great traditions of the motherland like religion, special celebrations, art, and music, including some of the best gastronomy in the world with the most delicious spices and condiments.

The Cruz family has brought to this community their recipes, mom and grandma “secret ingredients” that enhances the flavor of every Mexican dish that is prepared in El Mezquite’s kitchen! With a flavorful selection of “worth waking up” breakfasts, “happy belly” lunches and “mouthwatering” dinners to satisfy the most selective mouths

El Mezquite concept of “street food” and “open-air market” within a restaurant ambience makes this place a favorite of the community with traditional tacos made to perfection with up to 21 different choices of meats and delicacies like sesos (beef brains) tripas (beef tripe) cabeza (beef head) chorizo (Mexican sausage) and chicharron (pork skins) which they are incredibly tasty!! Accompanied by homemade style salsas to complement the fusion of the elements of the best tacos in town!

The next door patio will allow you to seat, relax and enjoy authentic Mexican food at its finest, ask for “Tepache” (a fermented beverage made from the peel of pineapples, and is sweetened either with piloncillo or brown sugar, seasoned with powdered cinnamon, and served cold to drink with your favorite food, and don’t forget to taste the Flan (custard) and Arroz con leche (rice pudding) Mmmmm!

Centrally located between the three major expressways (I-90, I-290, and I-55) Near the CTA red line, Harrison Park and the National Museum of Mexican Art. Only 1.5 miles from Illinois medical center. This place is perfectly situated to everybody. El Mezquite’s “Sazon” and passion for cooking will provide you with a passport for taste and a visa of flavor to Mexico’s finest cuisine without leaving Chicago!

Food Menu

Here you have a sample of our extensive and delicious menu.
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Antojitos Mexicanos

  • Quesadillas Gigantes

    Served with lettuce, chesse and sour cream

  • Huaraches

    All served with beans, lettuce, onions, chese and sour cream.

  • Gorditas

    Thick corn hand made tortilla. All served with beans, lettuce, onion, chesse and sour cream.

  • Sopes

    With beans, lettuce, chesse, sour cream and onions.


  • Bistec a la Mexicana

    With Tomato, onion, cilantro and Jalapeño.

  • Carne a la Tampiqueña

    Served with fries potatoes, 1 green sauce enchilada, grilled green onions, grilled Jalapeño

  • Cecina el Mezquite

    Cured steak, beans, rice, pico de gallo, avocado, radishes, grilled onions and nopal.

  • Costillas en salsa verde

    Pork ribs chunks in green tomatillo sauce. Served with salad, rice and beans.

Caldos / Soups

  • Caldo de Mariscos

    Seafood soup shrimp, octupus, calamari, clams, crab legs, mussels and fish.

  • Caldo de Res

    Beef soup with vegetables

  • Carne en su jugo

    Beans soup with chopped steak and bacon with radishes, onion, cilanto and avocado.

  • Menudo

    Beef stomach soup

more dishes...

  • Chilaquiles con dos huevos

    Chilaquiles with 2 eggs. Red or Green Sauce

  • Huevos Rancheros

    Two eggs served on deep fried soft tortilla and covered with red sauce

  • Chuletas de Puerco

    Smoked pork chops, served with pico de gallo, rice, beans and salad.

  • Pollo con mole

    Traditional Mexican sauce made of a variety of chiles and spices.

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Contact info

  • 1756 W 18th Street
    Chicago, IL 60608
  • (312) 733-0402
  • info@taqueriaelmezquite.com