Pueblo Mexican food eatery wows customers with chicken mole recipe

A more than 200-year-old mole recipe with roots in southern Mexico is among the culinary delights at Pueblo’s newest authentic Mexican food restaurant, Pampano Foods, which opened in June.

Pampano Foods is a drive-through and pick-up-only restaurant at 430 S. Santa Fe Ave., which is owned by Luis Munoz and his wife Lorena and her family. The name Pampano refers to a tree that is symbolic of the tree of life.

“Our little business came in as a storm. We are really busy,” Munoz said.

“It is different than anybody else with unique recipes,” he explained. “It’s not Pueblo Mexican food, it’s not Tex-Mex, it’s 100% authentic Mexican.”

Take for example that mole recipe. Munoz said he “goes the extra 3, 4 or 5 miles” to make it authentic by buying the chiles and spices from Puebloa in southern Mexico.

“The recipe is over 200 years old and it is different to make. We cook it with chicken so you can get the chicken mole tacos, burrito or the mole plate,” Munoz explained.

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