El Nopalito Tortilla factory Market & Restaurant has been in Encinitas for over 32 years! It is a family run business serving fresh Mexican food and fresh salsas daily. We have fresh corn tortillas made daily at our Market each morning (if your lucky and come early, you can get them served fresh and hot in the bag!). You can also ask for corn masa to make your own corn tortillas at home. We also make our own tortilla chips also available everyday. The Market provides a fresh meat and seafood market. Our fresh salsas are in the refrigerator as well as other refreshments, Mexican cheeses, fresh cut nopalitos and ready made sopes! We have a variety of spices on our spice wall and corn husks ready for tamales.
The Market provides a variety of Mexican and Latin American products from cuitlacoche to yuca flour and pan dulce delivered daily for your cafecito. In the carniceria you can buy chicharrones and carnitas by the lb, along with queso fresco and membrillo. Aside from Latin products we provide additional services like Money Gram, and Money Gram Bill Pay (see our “Services” page).
Currently at the El Nopalito Restaurant we have a variety of traditional Mexican dishes and daily specials such as “pollo en mole”, “costillas de puerco en salsa verde con nopales”, “barbacoa”, “chicharrones” and the specials are all served with beans and rice plus 3 hot corn tortillas. With a salsa bar with 5 different salsas to choose from you can’t go wrong. There are pickled carrots and jalapeños, diced onions, cilantro and roasted chile gÜeros to choose from. YUM
We have fresh guacamole and our salsas (Fresca, Molcajete, Chipotle, and Verde) for sale at the Market and Restaurant and you can also pick up our fresh tortilla chips and corn and flour tortillas. We have tamales also for sale on a daily basis pork, beef, chicken and chile con rajas(roasted green Anaheim chiles) We have fresh prepared and un prepared masa to make your own tamales a family event!(please call to specify an order). You can order mole from the Restaurant in a pint or quart size to make your own enchiladas,chilaquiles or pollo en mole at home. (See our Catering tab for Party trays and catering.)
If you want real Mexican food where the Latino community considers El Nopalito its epicenter, please come and visit us!