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.


Growing closer to you everyday


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


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


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


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


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


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


McAllen’s second store on North 10 St.


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


Taco Palenque North Laredo opened on McPherson St.


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


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


Cotulla, Texas welcomed the “Unique Taste”

Taco Palenque opens new location in Mission Texas!


Spreading the flavor in New Braunfels, Texas.

Edinburg asked for it!! They got it.

Hwy 83 store opens in Brownsville, Texas.


Laredo South location!!

Taco Palenque opened a location in Weslaco!!


NEW location on Saunders in LAREDO!!


Continuing our growth in the Rio Grande Valley.
Palmhurst location opens!


It’s a fiesta in San Antonio! Taco Palenque’s second location opens up on UTSA Boulevard.


Serving two nations! Taco Palenque opens up at the Outlet Shoppes at Laredo right on the banks of the Rio Grande River.