About Us

Meet Don Pancho

Meet Don Pancho Our founder, Don Pancho, had a vision to create a fast, casual Mexican restaurant that provided rich flavors and unforgettable dishes that stood out amongst the competition where similar establishments existed. This is how the Palenque chain was born. Originally from Sinaloa, Mexico, Don Pancho first founded El Pollo Loco, which was such a success that it led him to open another restaurant, Taco Palenque, in 1987 in Laredo, Texas. This chain is mainly known for its authentic Mexican tacos.

It’s become the ultimate location to spend time with family and friends while enjoying a delicious and unforgettable meal. In fact, positive word-of-mouth has led to new and loyal customers, building on Don Pancho’s passion for providing unique dishes in a comfortable setting. There are several Taco Palenque locations operating throughout the southern region of Texas, and the potential for more is strong.

However, Don Pancho didn’t stop there; he is a visionary leader who saw the idea of incorporating Palenque Grill, an extension of his chain of restaurants with a twist of fine dining. Don Pancho’s success is due to his belief that family comes first. He is a friendly and generous man who continues operating and incorporating innovative ideas along with his family. If you love tacos, spicy food, true Mexican cuisine or enjoy a family-friendly ambience, then any of our locations is the place to be.

TACO PALENQUE TIMELINE

Growing closer to you everyday

1987

About UsThe very first Taco Palenque was inaugurated in the city of Laredo, Texas.

1990

Taco Palenque San AntonioTaco Palenque goes up-north opening in San Antonio, Texas.

1995

Taco Palenque gives Laredo a second location on the corner of Santa Ursula and Mann Rd.

1998

McAllen here we go!! South 10 St. Location opened.

2001

Laredo’s third location arrives at Guadalupe St.
Taco Palenque’s main kitchen is created.

2002

The best events deserve Taco Palenque… Laredo Energy Arena location opened.

2004

McAllen’s second store on North 10 St.

2007

Shopping time!! Laredo’s Mall del Norte TP established.

2008

Taco Palenque North Laredo opened on McPherson St.

2009

San Antonio 410 location starts operations.
La Plaza Mall in McAllen, another reason to go shopping!!

2010

Houston we don’t have a problem… Taco Palenque is here!!

2011

Cotulla, Texas welcomed the “Unique Taste”

Taco Palenque opens new location in Mission Texas!

2013

Spreading the flavor in New Braunfels, Texas.

Edinburg asked for it!! They got it.

Hwy 83 store opens in Brownsville, Texas.

2014

Laredo South location!!

Taco Palenque opened a location in Weslaco!!

2015

NEW location on Saunders in LAREDO!!