For anyone who’s lived in Tucson for numerous years when they hear the word, chimichanga, thoughts turn immediately to Gordo’s.
For decades Gordo’s was known for their tasty chimis and owner Al Valenzuela’s famous phrase, “If you like chimichangas, I mean, if you really like chimichangas then Come to Gordo’s” and people did, in droves.
But the restaurant closed in 2002 and Tucsonans had to rely on the culinary memory of Gordo’s.
Now though the wonderful flavors of Gordo’s are back with the new venture, Gordo’s 2.0.
Daughter Marguerite Brown and her partner Mark Callahan have dug out the old recipes and are selling mini-versions of her dad’s chimis at Heirloom Farmer’s Markets. On Sundays you can find them at Rillito Racetrack Market and at the Oro Valley Market on Saturdays. Nana Julie, Al’s wife, is usually there to lend a hand.
The chimis are served hot from the fryer and come in refried bean and cheese, shredded beef and shredded chicken with Hatch chiles. If you want, Marguerite will drizzle a delicious lime crema on top. And speaking from having eaten the chimis one Sunday at the market, I have to say they were fabulous. Hot and crunchy on the outside; creamy and savory inside….just like the old day…and that crema is to die for.
Marguerite and Mark also sell Gordo’s salsa and freshly made tortillas. They also have ready to heat chicken enchilada casserole and green corn tamale pie.
Marguerite wanted to bring back Gordo’s in some way for awhile and with Mark’s expertise in the gourmet retail food industry the time was right. They have plans to expand nationally.
Like I said, the chimis I ate were fabulous (they are bigger than your average mini-chimi) and I can’t wait to go back to try the others.
So if you like chimichangas make a trip to the Heirloom Farmers Markets this weekend.