El Paco and Marquez Bakery

9 Apr

Living in Texas, I know my Chips-n-salsa.   It’s practically its own food group here.   ALL Mexican restaurants…hell…ALL RESTAURANTS period….are judged (by me and lots of others) by those two simple things.

The rule being:  If your chips-n-salsa sucks, the rest of your food probably does as well.

I am very big on having “restaurant-quality” food at home.  It is an unbelievable challenge to find store-bought chips-n-salsa that would rival any restaurant.

That is where these two kids come into play:  EL PACO and MARQUEZ BAKERY.

MARQUEZ BAKERY is a FANTASTIC little shop.  They make incredible cakes, sweet-breads and they also have a cafe menu with some delicious Mexican dishes.   So you can sit down and eat there.

They make their own pico de gallo and salsas too.   Their salsa is probably one of the BEST salsas I have ever had.   It’s got some kick and is the perfect balance of heat and flavor.   Let me say this again:

One of the BEST I have ever had.    Marquez is also very smart to carry some damn-fine tortilla chips to go with them.   They are made by EL PACO and they are the perfect chip to go with that awesome salsa.  It is the best marriage of store-bought and made-fresh I can imagine.

Together, this combo will defeat ANY and ALL combos you could put together from your local grocery store.    It’s THAT GOOD.  I have brought this 1-2-punch of a snack to plenty of parties and get-together events and it NEVER fails to impress.   People who no longer live here even ask me to send them care packages of this stuff.

And while your ears hear that snappy crunch, and your nose is starting to run because the salsa is so-hot-that-you-should-stop-eating-it-but-you-can’t…..  yeah.   That’s when you got something!

They are located by Cowboys Stadium.  So check them out and pop on over to URBANSPOON and join the conversation

Marquez Bakery and Tortilla Factory on Urbanspoon

19 Responses to “El Paco and Marquez Bakery”

  1. Richard Patoskie June 7, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    Hi my name is Richard Patoskie, I own El Paco foods and wanted to say thank you for the kind words.

    • Shauna Wimberley December 28, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

      My mother bought these chips at a Kroger in Houston. But I did not try them until a couple months later. Now that I am ruined to other tortilla chips, I cannot find them! The manager at the Kroger here said something happened with their supplier or distributor and now he does not know where to get them. I would buy them online, but haven’t found a place. Help!!!

      • Crispytxn January 29, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

        Just purchased at Kroger in Flower Mound. I accidentally found these on an end cap while waiting for the stock man to go get my beer from the back of the store. Amazing chips and salsa!!!

      • Shauna Wimberley January 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

        After doing a little research, I was able to speak with the person in charge of that part of their business. He confirmed that there had been some issue with the distribution to the Krogers in Houston. But he also said that Spec’s carries them in Houston. So I found one that had them in stock and bought 3 of those enormous bags! Now maybe I won’t need to hunt them down again!!! =)

      • junkfoodcritic January 29, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

        Nice! I love that people are picking up on this great product.

    • Crispytxn January 29, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

      No, thank you!

  2. chris c December 12, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    I was a Specs picking up some spirits…. and happen to pass by your chips .me being a chips and salsa junkie…..I had to take a second look….I bought a bag and brought it home pulled out some my homemade sauce, my Family was over my wife was making dinner next thing I know they bag was almost empty…Delicious…reading the article above , I am anxious to check out your sauce …do you sale anywhere else other then specs….. Thanks

  3. Nicole December 21, 2015 at 2:38 pm #


    • junkfoodcritic December 21, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

      Nicole glad u hear u like them. They are soooo good. Probably my fave chip for salsa. You say you live in Dallas, have you checked your local Kroger? They have them at many Krogers around the DFW but they usually aren’t in the chip aisle. They are usually by themselves on an odd shelf by the beer or cheese area.

      And thank u so much for your response!

  4. Alisha Franklin May 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

    I purchased my first bag from Kroger in DeSoto, Texas about 2 months ago. And now those are the only tortilla chips my daughter and I will buy. They are the BEST store bought tortilla chips!!!🖒🖒 I had a pot luck lunch at work and I purchased some for that occasion and everyone raved about them. I went back to Kroger to buy more and the display is now loaded with beer😢. Please tell us where to get them. And do I need to let my Kroger store know to “PLEASE BRING THOSE CHIPS BACK!!!!!!!

    • junkfoodcritic May 15, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

      Thanks for your comments!! They really are great chips!!! As far as your issue, I can say I have had similar problems in my local Krogers. They tend to put them off to themselves at an end cap or in a corner with little visibility. For some strange reason they don’t put them with the regular chips. So look around your store or find a manager and have the. Locate it hold some for u.

      • JimmyV July 21, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

        ;( No El Paco Chips at the Kroger on Hwy 26 in North Richland Hills. I had someone look, who said they used to have them, but he could not find any in that store. Any ideas as to who currently carries El Paco?

      • junkfoodcritic July 21, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

        Thanks for sharing the info jimmy. Kroger is the only chain store I have found them in. Whenever I am in a Kroger I always check. Some carry them and some do NOT.

        BUT- I discovered the chips at a place called Marquez Bakery – which is across the street basically …. From cowboys stadium. Probably not close enough to be an option, but if you are ever in the neighborhood…..they have other great stuff…..their house made salsa is KILLER!!!!

        I would also try calling another Kroger nearby you. Have them do the footwork of tracking them down in the store for you. Save you some time.

        Thanks again for checking in!!!

      • Shauna Wimberley July 22, 2016 at 10:06 am #

        Apparently they still have them at the Kroger in Keller, TX on 1709. However when I checked at the Kroger in Southlake on 1709, I could not find them. Marquez Bakery I believe is the owner of the El Paco chips. But they don’t produce them there.

        I was getting them at Spec’s in Houston. But they told me recently that they don’t carry them anymore. So now I need a new supplier. If anyone knows of a place, please pass the word along! And if you live in the DFW area, you might try Spec’s.

        Sent from my iPhone


  5. JimmyV August 1, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    Spec’s on 75 in Dallas has them

    • junkfoodcritic August 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

      good eye, jimmy, thanks for tipping us off to that info!

  6. Derek McKean August 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    Keller Farmers Market has them. The seasoned ones are THE best chips I’ve ever had and I consider myself a chip connoisseur.

  7. Jonell Jones Director of Business Development June 10, 2018 at 11:14 am #

    Most Kroger New Marketplace Store have what they call a Texas set. El Paco chips and salsa are featured there because of being a Texas made product. Thank you for your kind comments. El Paco Management

    • junkfoodcritic June 10, 2018 at 11:23 am #

      Oh cool! This will certainly help people locate your FANTASTIC items. Your chips and salsa are – not even kidding- THE most asked about items on this blog. Fans can’t get enough of it!

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