Best, Best, Best.. Thank you friends!

We are really thankful for all your votes at the Del Mar Times contest. We won Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Taco and Best new Restaurant!! We work very hard every day, morning and night to serve you the best Mexican food that we can, and a big part of it comes from our team. So…

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Del Mar Times … Porkyland

Thank you for the great write up Del Mar Times! It was such a successful and fun event. We’ve had restaurants in many neighborhoods in San Diego, from Barrio Logan, Hillcrest to La Jolla and now Carmel Valley, and every time we go to a new neighborhood we are received with open arms. We really…

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Porkyland’s Summer Special

Hola Amigos, make sure you take a look at our new Summer Special, if you are hosting a party or event, give us a call, we’ll take care of you. 619 952 7468 or get a quick catering form: Summer delicious Mexican food Special: Share with 15 people 4 lb of your choice of…

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Thank you for a Great Year!

Amigos, we had such a wonderful time at our 1st year Anniversary for our Carmel Valley location. We would like to thank Master Chef Claudia Sandoval, our friends at Common Sense Events, DoorDash, our great bosses and managers, our hard working team and specially you, our loyal customers! Chef Claudia Sandoval signed copies of her new…

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Porkyland Carmel Valley One year Anniversary!

Amigos, we are so excited about our first year anniversary of our Carmel Valley location! We thought we could throw a BIG party to thank all your support, so here it is! Friday July 29th from 7-9 pm, we’ll be hosting our event, we’ll have great discounts on food and drinks… especially if you wear your…

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Fourth of July Catering

Amigos, Fourth of July is around the corner, are you ready to host an epic event? Remember that we can cater any size event! Or you can pick up your order from our front counter, just remember to place it ahead of time! Here’s our catering director’s phone number: 619.952.7468 Have a great holiday!!


Treat Dad to a super hero lunch!

Are you hosting a Father’s day get together? Here’s our Father’s day catering special, you can call for pick up, delivery or full service: 619.952.7468 Happy Father’s day!!

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Congratulations on the EMMY Wins!

Congratulations to our boss Pepe and the Una Vez Mas documentary, they won EMMYS -Best Editing, Best Director and Best Documentary! -Una Vez Mas (Once Again)- a documentary featuring the story of Humberto Gurmilan, a quadriplegic sports anchor who returns to the ocean twenty years after surviving a tragic surfing accident.  


Owner of Porkyland Restaurants, has been nominated for three Emmy Awards!

We are proud to announce that Pepe Stepensky, owner of Porkyland Restaurants, has been nominated for three Emmy Awards! Una Vez Mas / Once Again is a documentary featuring the story of Humberto Gurmilan, a quadriplegic sports anchor who returns to the ocean twenty years after surviving a tragic surfing accident. The film has inspired viewers to live life to…

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Porkyland voted BEST Mexican Restaurant 2016!

That’s right amigos, we did it again! Thank you for your votes and for your loyal visits to our restaurants, we couldn’t have done it without your help. La Jolla Village News Reader’s Choice for BEST Mexican (Fast food), BEST take-out and BEST BURRITO!!! Thank you, Thank you!!


Food Bloggin’ with Witchin In The Kitchen

Thank you L. Winer, from Witchin In The Kitchen for voting for us at the San Diego Reader’s Second Annual Tacotopia and for sharing your experience on Instagram. We sampled our Signature Carnitas taco and our Azteca taco with Nopalitos (Cactus). L. Winer is a  San Diego based foodie cataloging the most delicious food making…

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Great success = Tacotopia

Thank you to all the people that voted for Porkyland Restaurants in this year’s San Diego Reader Tacotopia. It was fun greeting and meeting all of our fans. Unfortunately we didn’t win, but we’ve got toe hear new ideas from you. There’s always next year, right?… we will work hard this year to come up…

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Congratulations Graduates!

One of the greatest satisfactions we can have in life is the day of our graduation, this is a time of joy and celebration for the graduate, his friends and his family. We know that every single detail has to be just perfect, you want nothing but perfect memories. We, at Porkyland, want to take the food worries off…


Reader Tacotopia: The Search for the Best Taco

Hola Amigos, Yes! we’ll be participating in this years Reader Tacotopia: The Search for the Best Taco event in Golden Hill Park. We are sooo excited since you’ll be able to cast your votes for the best taco! Look for us and try our delicious tacos, we’ll be featuring our SIGNATURE CARNITAS TACO with Guacamole Onion Cilantro…

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Our New Catering Menu is available!

Hola Amigos, are you hosting a party in San Diego county? We work all over San Diego including North County like Carmel Valley, Del Mar and San Marcos or Solana Beach and we can cater large or small events! Thank you for your recommendations and requests, we listened and created a new catering menu, it is now…

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Our NEW Burrito Bowls!

Burrito Bowls? Yes we’ve got them! Now you can order your choice of chicken or carne  asada Burrito Bowl, it is served with rice, black beans, lettuce, sour cream, cheese, guacamole & pico de gallo, perfect for lunch or dinner. Come on down to any of our two locations, La Jolla or Carmel Valley.

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Our NEW Balsamic Chicken Salad!

Amigos, here’s another of our new items, Balsamic Chicken Salad with lettuce, cilantro, Balsamic dressing, sliced tomato, nuts, feta cheese and grilled chicken, a must try! We took notes from our customer’s comments and reviews to add healthier menu dishes to our menu. We hope you enjoy it, come on down and give it a try!

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Porkyland’s Wedding Catering Packages

Amigos, here are our packages for our Wedding Catering. Porkyland’s understands that the most important and happy day of your life is the day of your wedding. We know that every single detail has to be just perfect. You want nothing but perfect memories for you, your new spouse and all of your guests. So…

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Our NEW Spinach Salad!

Amigos, we have updated our menu and added lot’s of new dishes (salads, tacos, burrito bowls, etc), we can’t wait for you to try them, here’s one of our new salads: SPINACH SALAD With Spinach, tomato, crumbled blue cheese, pasilla chile strips, tortilla strips and avocado… so delicious! Don’t forget to ask for it when you visit any of our…

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New Catering Special

Hola Amigos, thank you for checking in on our blog. We are very excited to post our most recent catering special, remember that it applies to all our Delivery , Pick-up and Full Services! Treat 15 people to: 4 lb of your choice of meat 4 pints of rice 4 pints of beans 3 dozen tortillas…

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Soccer Champs at Carmel Valley Porkyland!

Amigos, this month we had a very special visit to our Carmel Valley Location. United States women’s national soccer team players Megan Rapinoe and  Shannon Mac Millan visited us for dinner at our New Carmel Valley location after Megan Rapinoe’s clinic at the Del Mar – Carmel Valley Sharks (DMCV Sharks) training facilities. We are very pleased and thankful…

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Online Ordering at Carmel Valley Porkyland

Hola Carmel Valley Amigos, Starting October 1st 2015 you can order your food online through our new app. It’s easy and convenient: 1. Place you order and pay online. 2. Stop by our front counter and pick your order up. 3. Walk out smiling. Here’s the link, just click on the “Order here now” button…

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Kind words from Chef Claudia Sandoval

We are very excited that Chef Claudia Sandoval (Master Chef Season 6 Contestant) visited our new restaurant in Carmel Valley and for her very kind words shared on her facebook page. Thank you Chef Claudia! Amigos, please give her a LIKE  on her facebook page:

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Porkyland featured in Del Mar Times!

Hola Amigos, Hola Amigos, we are very excited to be featured in Del Mar Times this week! Here’s a little insight of our history and the fantastic people that bring Porkyland Restuarants to you. Enjoy! We would like to thank Karen Billing and Del Mar Times for writing such a wonderful article.

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New Porkyland Restaurant at Carmel Valley

UPDATE! We just finalized our menu boards and are working on a few extra details. We should be opening in July! We are located at Torrey Hills Vons Center. 4645 Carmel Mountain Rd. Original post:   Hola Amigos, we are very excited about our New Porkyland Restaurant at Carmel Valley. We are still a few weeks…

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California Avocado, Jicama and Mango salad

Recipe courtesy of California Avocado Commission ( and El Restaurante Magazine Makes 6 servings 2 lbs. jicama, peeled and diced in 1-inch cubes 10 oz. mango 2 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice 2 Tbsp. salt 2 Tbsp. sugar 2 Fresh California Avocados*, sliced 5 oz. spicy peanuts 2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped Place the jicama, mango, orange…

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Porkyland Voted Best Burrito… again!

A grande THANK YOU! To all our friends that voted for us, we were awarded the Gold Medal for best burrito at The Readers Choice Awards from La Jolla Village News! We keep with our tradition of serving you the most delicious and traditional Mexican food in San Diego. For over 30 years, we’ve been…

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Plantain Chocolate Chip Pie

Recipe courtesy of MIC Food ( and El Restaurante Magazine Makes 6 to 8  servings 1 (9-10”) pie shell, blind baked for 10 minutes at 350 2 c. milk ½ c. soft butter ½ c. all-purpose flour 1 T. baking powder ½ c. granulated sugar 2 c. BIG BANANA® sweet plantain tidbits (fried for 3…


Follow us on Twitter

Amigos, we have a Porkyland Restaurants Twitter account that we use when we are hosting events, such as Art Walk, etc. At those events we send out tweets with special deals catered for those events. Who doesn’t like free food? Just type @porkyland on your tweeter search! See you soon!

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Chorizo Flatbread

Recipe courtesy of El Restaurante Magazine and American Egg Board. Chorizo Flatbread: Makes 12 servings 6 cups all-purpose flour 2 tbsp. sugar 2 tsp. salt 2 packages active dry yeast (0.25 oz. ea.) 2 oz. (1/4 cup) extra-virgin olive oil 16 oz. (2 cups) warm water (110° F/45° C) 1 lb. ground bulk chorizo sausage…

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The Honey-Jalapeño Vinaigrette Salad

Crispy Chicken Salad with Honey-Jalapeño Vinaigrette Recipe courtesy of National Honey Board and El Restaurante Magazine Makes 6 servings 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 6 (4 oz. each) skinless, boneless chicken breasts 1 egg, beaten with 1 Tablespoon water Vegetable oil, such as canola, as needed for frying 9…

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Coming Soon to Carmel Valley!

Hola Amigos, that’s right! We are working hard to bring open our new Porkyland location in Carmel Valley, early summer. We’ve spoken with a few neighbors and the response has been great. We will announce our exact location soon. In the mean time, we are currently hiring for both locations, below is a link to…

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Porkyland at San Diego Bridal Bazaar Convention

Yes! Last month we had the opportunity to participate on our first Wedding Expo where we showcased our catering services. This year we have plans to attend plenty more wedding events. We will be posting those events and hope to see you there! You can get more info on our catering services by visiting our brand…

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Sam the Cooking guy visits Porkyland

A few years back, Sam Zien (Sam The Cooking guy) filmed one of his show episodes at Porkyland Restaurants in Barrio Logan. Sam’s show is a joy to watch, you never get bored and you learn how to cook. He’s such a great presenter always on point, always fun and always smiling at you, check…

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It’s taco Tuesday!

What day is it? It’s taco Tuesday! From 4 to 8 pm order any mini taco (shrimp excepted) and get the second one free. All Mexican beers are $2

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Avocado Guacamole Tarts

Hello Amigos, we would like to share a great recipe from our friends at El Restaurante Magazine. Recipe by chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger for the California Avocado Commission. Recipe Provided By the California Avocado Commission Makes 8 servings The California Avocado Guacamole 3 ripe Fresh California Avocados*, halved, seeded, peeled and…

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Ensalada de Noche Buena

Ensalada de Noche Buena (Mexican Christmas Eve salad) Recipe by Karen Hursh Graber; reprinted from the Fall 2013 issue of el Restaurante Makes 8 servings 1 head lettuce 1 lb. small beets, cooked, peeled and thinly sliced 1 jicama, cut into matchsticks 4 oranges, peeled and sliced into rounds 4 apples, sliced into thin wedges…


Spicy Seafood Soup (Chilpachole)

Recipe  of Karen Hursh Graber via El Restaurante Magazine Makes 6 servings 3 qts. homemade fish stock, strained 3 ancho chiles, seeded, deveined, and soaked in hot water until soft 1 med. white onion, peeled and chopped 4 lg. garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 4 roma or plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped 1 t….

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San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

Hola Amigos, Look for us at the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival™ returns November 16-23, 2014, and this year is bigger and better than ever. We are sooo excited for the opportunity to meet new people! Click on the link below for more information:


Mango Jicama Enchiladas

Summer food for fall and winter months! Don’t let the cold weather get you down! Mango Jicama Enchiladas recipe, via our friends at El Restaurante Magazine: Mango Jicama Enchiladas Recipe by Chef Chris Mortenson, La Condesa, St. Helena, CA Courtesy of National Mango Board Makes 12 enchiladas (6 servings) The Enchiladas 1 lg. jicama, peeled,…

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Café de Olla

What a better way to stay warm in this cold weather than drinking homemade Café de Olla! Recipe from our friends at El Restaurante Magazine. Enjoy! Makes 6 servings 4 c. water 1/4 c. packed dark brown sugar or 4 ounces piloncillo (Mexican raw sugar cones) 2 cinnamon sticks 2 allspice berries 2 whole cloves…

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Halloween Catering Special

Treat 15 of your closest friends with our Porkyland Halloween Catering Special! Plan ahead and give us a call, we’ll cater your next event, big or small! 619-952-7468 4 lbs of your choice of meat 4 pints of rice 4 pints of beans 3 dozen tortillas 1 bag of chips 2 pints of salsa -your…


Chocolate Abuelita Adobo rubber Pork Chops

A sophisticated dish, featuring a hint of chocolate and piloncillo. Recipe by Chef Richard Sandoval; of Nestlé USA and El Restaurante Magazine Chocolate Abuelita Adobo rubber Pork Chops: Makes 8 servings The Chocolate Abuelita Demi-Glace: 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 cup chopped white onion 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 pasilla chile, seeded and chopped 2…

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Sopa de Calabaza (Pumpkin soup)

Hi friends, here’s a simple and great recipe for the cold months. Via our friends at El Restaurante Magazine: Sopa de Calabaza (Pumpkin soup). Makes 4 first-course servings 2 T. butter 1/2 c. chopped onion 2 c. cooked or canned pumpkin 1 qt. chicken or vegetable stock 1/3 t. cinnamon 1 c. half and half…

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$8 per person Catering packages

We know the Holiday season can be expensive, but not with Porkyland. From now until Dec 31st, Catering packages starting at $8/person. Plus print our 10% discount coupon from our website and use it for catering too. 619-952-7468

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Honey Almond Tamales

These Honey Almond Tamales from The National Honey Board are a creative option for dessert specials throughout the fall and winter holiday season. Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board: and Makes 6 tamales The Corn Husks: 6 corn husks Cold water, as needed Soak corn husks in cold water for minimum of 4…


Camarones Rancheros

Hello, seafood lovers, did you know it’s National Seafood Month? We would like to share with you a special Camarones Rancheros (Ranch Style Shrimp) recipe from our friends at El Restaurante Magazine and Jim Peyton of Lo Mexicano. From “Naturally Healthy Mexican Cooking,” a new cookbook from Jim Peyton. Makes 4 servings As an…

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Hosting a Halloween party?

Plan ahead and give us a call, we’ll cater your next Halloween partyt, big or small! Did you know that we offer a large selection of Specialty Platters that include Rolled tacos, enchilada trays, quesadillas and chimichangas. Or you can order from our delicious meats so your guests can prepare their own tacos! Either way,…

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Freddy and Emily’s wedding catering

Congratulations Freddy and Emily on your special day! We had the honor to cater their wedding this weekend. You know how much we love to cater weddings, they are always fun and everyone is very nice. Thank you to our Porkyland crew, always on time and always very professional! Location: Rancho Santa Fe. #Guests: 50

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Chiles en Nogada Recipe

Chiles en Nogada Poblano Chiles Stuffed with Sweet and Savory Beef, Pine Nuts, Pineapple, Almonds, and Raisins with a Fresh Walnut Crema. Courtesy of Chef/Owner Barbara Sibley and her team at New York City’s La Palapa ( And El Restaurante Magazine Makes 6 servings Roasting the Chiles Poblanos 12 chiles poblanos Wash and dry chiles…

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The (Absolute) 10 Best Mexican Restaurants In La Jolla

The (Absolute) 10 Best Mexican Restaurants In La Jolla by La Jolla Blue Book. We would like to thank La Jolal Blue Book for including Porkyland Restaurants on their list of The (Absolute) 10 Best Mexican Restaurants In La Jolla! For the complete article please click on the link below ( and “like” their facebook…

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Lauren & Ty Wedding Catering

Hi friends,we would like to share a very nice comment from our friends Lauren & Ty. We catered their special day. Our Catering Director sent them a thank you note. “Dear Lauren and Ty, I just wanted to drop a quick note to thank you for let…ting us be part of your wedding. We wish…

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Chipotle Chicken & Cotija Sliders

Chipotle Chicken & Cotija Sliders Recipe and photo courtesy of The California Milk Advisory Board and El Restaurante Magazine. 2 whole (8-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breasts 1 t. olive oil 2 t. chipotle chile powder 1/2 t. salt 6 (1-1/2 oz.) slices Real California cotija cheese 1/4 c. tomatillo salsa 6 (3-in.) round rolls, split and…

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Get a Quick Catering Quote

We make it simple and we would like to help in any way in expediting your event process. Our catering services are dedicated to giving you the best quality service and food for your next event! We will respond promptly, Thank You. Please click on the link below to go to our Quick Catering Quote…

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Cold Mexican Shrimp Soup

Sopa Fria de Camarones a la Mexicana: Cold Mexican Shrimp Soup Recipe by Karen Hursh Graber and el Restaurante Magazine Makes 6 appetizer servings: 1 med. mild onion, chopped 1/2 lb. tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped 6 c. cold shrimp broth 1 lb. cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined 1/2 lb. fresh…

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3 Chile Lamb Adobo Shank Barbacoa

3 Chile Lamb Adobo Shank Barbacoa Recipe courtesy of Sara Polczynski, Consulting Executive Chef The Blind Burro, San Diego and El Restaurante Magazine: Makes 1-1/2 cups Adobo The Adobo: ¾  oz. guajillo, stemmed, seeded, toasted, soaked ¾  oz. ancho, stemmed, seeded, toasted, soaked ½  oz. cascabel, stemmed, seeded, toasted, soaked 2  T. apple cider vinegar…

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Tortas al Pastor Recipe

Tortas al Pastor Recipe: Adobo Marinated Pork Sandwich Recipe courtesy of Culinary Institute of America ( and el Restaurante magazine  Makes 6 tortas The Meat and Marinade: 10 guajillo chiles, wiped clean 2 T. achiote paste 1/2 c. white vinegar 1/2 white onion 2 garlic cloves 1/2 t. cumin seeds 2 lbs. pork loin, thinly…

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Drop off your card & win!

Drop off your card & win! Thank you for those dropping off your biz card into our box. If you haven’t done so, we have a ballot box in our front counter, drop off your business card and enter to WIN a FREE COMBO MEAL (Bi-weekly drawings) & AUTOMATICALLY BE ENTERED TO WIN A FREE…

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Recipe of the Week – Dulce de Leche Pineapple Float

Via our friends at El Restaurante Magazine. Looking for a new summer dessert to entice customers? Try this creative ice cream delight from Jarritos® to add a cool and creamy taste to your menu. DULCE DE LECHE PINEAPPLE FLOAT Recipe courtesy of Novamex, distributor of Jarritos and other Mexican beverages. Makes 1 serving Vanilla ice…

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Taco Tuesday is Back!

Hola Amigos! Taco tuesdays are back!! Every tuesday from 4 to 8 pm order any mini taco(shrimp excepted) and get the second one free. All Mexican beers are $2 Come on down and say hi!

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4th of July Celebration

Ready for the 4th of July Celebrations? Remember that we can cater any of your events, small or large. Give us a call & share with your friends! (619) 952-7468


World Cup Shots

Hi friends, excited about the World Cup? Here are a few tequila recipes via our friends from El Jimador Tequila and El Restaurante Magazine to spice up your parties: USA: The Red, White & Blues .5 oz. grenadine syrup .5 oz. blue curaçao .5 oz. el Jimador Blanco Sugar Rim a shot glass with Sugar….

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Name our Mascot, Win $50 Gift Certificate!

We want to introduce you to our Mascot. What’s his name?  You tell us.  Send your name ideas through Facebook or Twitter and the winner will get a $50 Porkyland’s gift certificate.  Contest will end on July 31st and the winner will be announced on August 15th.  So, name our Mascot.

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World Cup!

World Cup is 8 days away! Are you a soccer fan? Remember, if you are hosting a party, plan ahead and set your catering with us! Plan ahead, give us a call! (619) 952 7468

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Where Did the Taco Come From?

Where Did the Taco Come From? From Jeffrey M. Pilcher, professor of history at the University of Minnesota via the Smithsonian at “The origins of the taco are really unknown. My theory is that it dates from the 18th century and the silver mines in Mexico, because in those mines the word “taco” referred…

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Avocado Frites Recipe

Hola Amigos, below is a delicious Avocado Frites recipe,  from The Fresh Factor, a foodservice recipe brochure courtesy of Avocados from Mexico & El Restaurante Magazine. Makes 24 servings, please follow the link below for the ingredients: Don’t forget to let us know your results in a comment!  

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New Catering Special!

Hi friends, don’t forget to call us for your next event! Here’s our new catering special! Call our catering specialist: (619) 952 7468

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Horchata, Jamaica y Tamarindo recipes

Hola Amigos, now you can try making your own aguas frescas at home! We are attaching a recipe for Horchata, Jamaica and Tamarindo aguas frescas. Please let us know your results on our facebook page! Agua de Horchata Rrecipe: Agua de Jamaica Recipe: Agua de Tamarindo Recipe: Porkyland facebook:

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Guacamole bacon cheeseburger

Did you know that we serve delicious Guacamole bacon cheeseburgers… and they are delicious? Come on by and get yours!

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Enchilada history

Enchiladas originated in Mexico, where the practice of rolling tortillas around other food dates back at least to Mayan times. The people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate corn tortillas folded or rolled around small fish. The Nahuatl word for enchilada is chīllapītzalli which is formed of the Nahuatl…

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Our largest Catering

In 2013 we had our largest catering so far at UCSD  

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January 2014 Catering Special

Hi Friends, our January catering special is here! Take advantage of it, give us a call! (619) 952 7468

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Welcome to our blog!

We are very excited to have you here on our new blog! What’s in store? Well, we’ll be updating our blog with some of our favorite facebook posts, recipes, coupons and specials, but our goal is to have a blog in where everyone can participate and have fun! Vamos a empezar!