How El Charrito Started
Like many immigrants who came to this country, we came with hopes of opportunity and a better life. Our family, the Moncada’s, migrated to this country from Mexico in the early 60’s with the same mentality and in pursuit of the of the American dream. As many immigrants do, our family had to work hard in order to save money to be able to open a small business in Salinas and achieve our American dream.
We had experience owning a small grocery store in Mexico, and at the time businesses were not catering to the Mexican community. So naturally, in 1981, we opened a small grocery store with a small deli counter that sold Teresa’s recipes. After opening multiple grocery stores in the 1980’s and 1990’s, our family decided to shift our focus to what we do best: selling easy to-go style Mexican food while using old cooking techniques.
El Charrito is founded on tradition and love; we are passionate about what we do, and love sharing our cooking and traditional Mexican food with others in the Monterey area. It is not about cooking food fast, it is about providing authentic food, served traditionally, to people that have a love for Mexican cuisine.
At El Charrito, it is our goal when you come into our authentic Mexican restaurant to provide you a place of enjoyment and serve you food that brings back family memories of your own. Using years of family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, we’re honored to share Teresa’s recipes with you and your family. From homemade tortillas to fresh salsa and chile relleno, we hope that you enjoy our delicious menu options. Buen provecho!