From “The 120 Tacos You Must Eat Before You Die”
Texas Monthly, November 2015

“El Pato serves your typical array of Tex-Mex plates, but the fourteen locations of the Valley-wide chain are best loved for their “patos”—tacos made with fluffy tortillas filled with any of sixteen ingredients. The shredded roasted chicken with beans and cheese is one of the most basic and satisfying combos, especially when dabbed with the homemade tomato salsa.”

From “The Greatest Tacos Ever Sold”
Texas Monthly, December 2006

“Quite simply, eating at El Pato is a McAllen rite of passage. The menu board on the wall of this comfort-food haven lists eighteen taco fillings. Choose two and specify corn or flour tortillas, both homemade. Whatever stuffing you order will be state-of-the-art Tex-Mex fast food: nothing fancy, but fresh, substantial, and seasoned to please all palates.”

From “The Great Texas Taco Tour”
Texas Monthly, April 1986

“If El Pato stopped making its potato-and-egg breakfast tacos, the whole Valley would probably grind to a halt.”


Welcome to El Pato Mexican Food. Your home for fresh handmade Patos (tacos) and other Mexican food in South Texas. Come taste for yourself at any of our 13 locations, Valley-wide!

Monday - Saturday:
6:30am to 10pm
8am to 10pm

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