Veracruz, Mexico, indigenous Luis Tejeda first arrived to the U.S. about 20 many years ago. This week, he celebrated opening his next cafe, Picante Burrito Express, in Aberdeen.
Picante opened Sunday at 20 Sixth Ave. S.W. It is in Tiffany Plaza to the east of Thazza Pizza.
It is not the 1st eatery in South Dakota that Tejeda has opened. Three decades ago, he opened Picante in Huron, which also serves traditional Mexican meals.
Tejeda to start with commenced cooking at a younger age with his mom in his house point out of Veracruz. The recipes he takes advantage of at Picante in Aberdeen appear from his mom.
“My recipes appear from my mother. When I was very little, my mother taught me, and later on I went to the Military in Mexico and I went to faculty for cooking and I practiced,” Tejeda explained.
“My foods is very different to other places to eat,” he explained. “I make every little thing by hand, and I try out to make almost everything first in Mexico.”
Almost two many years back, Tejeda moved to Texas and labored in kitchens at Mexican dining places. Later on, he moved to Chicago in which he also worked in the cafe sector.
“I labored in a lot of Mexican places to eat in the United States. I worked in Texas, I labored in Chicago, I labored appropriate in this article in South Dakota, and I’m studying each and every day,” he mentioned.
Tejeda remaining Chicago and Texas for the Terrific Plains after a couple of his good friends moved to Nebraska. They encouraged him to improve scenery.
“My pals known as me, ‘Come on more than to Nebraska, it is extremely low-cost hire.’ So I went to Nebraska and stayed there for two or three yrs, and right after this I moved to Huron,” he stated.
In Huron, Tejeda commenced operating at beef operations, as well at the Jack Link’s Beef Jerky plant in Alpena, which is 20 miles southwest of Huron.
Inevitably, though, Tejeda experienced more than enough of that and shifted his aim.
“Why operate much too several a long time in the discipline and the farm? In some cases you truly feel drained, the climate is chilly. I was working in the beef farms … I felt a small fatigued, and I imagined, ‘Well, I require to adjust my everyday living and almost certainly make a single small business,” Tejeda explained. “You’re doing the job difficult in the restaurant, but it’s various when you are performing outside the house.”
Tejeda has faced hardships while opening a tiny organization in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s a little something he feels he necessary to do.
“Right now, it is really challenging. More than there (in Huron), it is much too sluggish. Which is my purpose for why I arrive suitable right here, since I have to have to make extra cash to spend my expenditures above there, also,” he stated. “Right now, every thing is gradual. With any luck , when the COVID stops, the business enterprise goes up once again.”
Tejada stated that he hadn’t prepared on opening a further cafe, but just after checking out Aberdeen, it felt ideal to him.
“I came about a person day and I see this town. It is incredibly pleasant and larger, and I’m striving to carry my unique Mexican food here for this community,” Tejeda said.
Picante Restaurant in Huron and Picante Burrito Specific in Aberdeen have some vital distinctions.
In Huron, Picante Cafe provides Mexican foodstuff such as quesadillas, fajitas, enchiladas, nachos, burritos, tortas and additional. In Aberdeen, Picante Burrito Convey will supply much of the very same foods, but Tejeda has included flautas, chimichangas, sopes, pupusas and garnachas to the menu.
For Tejeda, garnachas are a staple that go back to his childhood days in Mexico. They consist of fried tortillas that are topped with salsa, shredded beef and onions. They are common in Mexico, as properly as in other Central American nations around the world this sort of as Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador.
“This is a unique form of foods from El Salvador. I know appropriate listed here in this city there are a great deal of distinct men and women from distinct nations,” Tejeda explained.
Picante Burrito Specific also serves menudo, a common Mexican soup, birria de chivo and tostadas. A comprehensive menu can be discovered on the restaurant’s Facebook webpage.
In the potential, Tejeda hopes to increase his cafe by incorporating a breakfast menu.
“I want to open at 5 a.m.,” he reported. “I want to offer coffee, burritos, breakfast.”
Tejeda is also hoping in the summer season to use his taco al pastor stand, the place he’ll be in a position to serve street tacos outside.
“I like to cook dinner for groups, parties, major functions … I have a fantastic offer for reunions, little one showers, birthdays, anything,” he mentioned.
Hours, in accordance to Picante’s Facebook web site, are Monday via Friday from 5 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., then yet again from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., then from 5 right until 11 p.m. Sunday hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.