When I wrote about The Top Five Restaurants in Beaver Valley Mall History a few weeks ago, I grouped all of the Mexican restaurants together and locked them in at number three on the list.

In that article, I pointed out that Chi-Chi’s was my favorite restaurant and the one I picked for my birthday dinner EVERY year because they would let you wear the big sombrero, take your picture, and hook you up with a free fried ice cream dessert.

Chi-Chi’s is long gone. And so are all the different Mexican restaurants that occupied that spot in the mall after them. But Beaver County still has a few solid Mexican options…and the best one by far is El Paso in Chippewa.

Beaver County’s Hidden Mexican Gem

I had heard about this place called El Paso for at least a few years, but never actually made it there until just this past fall. Since then, the #11 Dinner Combo has become a staple of my diet…along with those complimentary chips and salsa!

Why did it take me so long to get to El Paso? To be completely honest, before this passed summer, Chippewa was like a foreign country to me. I knew how to get to the airport and Sal’s, but that was about it.

But last summer I found myself spending more and more time out that way, and most of those trips either started or ended with a quick lunch at El Paso.

The #11 Dinner Combo


Like any great Mexican joint here in the United States, El Paso serves up lots of sweet combos that let you try all different types of options. Whether you like tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, or one of those things I can’t pronounce, you can get it in a combo here.

For me, it’s the #11 Dinner Combo, which comes with a taco, a burrito, and an enchilada. I top off all three with the red hot sauce because anyone who argues that the green one tastes better is obviously just plain crazy.

Another thing that you would expect from any good Mexican spot is that they serve up complimentary chips and salsa. El Paso is no exception…and their chips and salsa are fantastic!

The Lunch Trifecta

Every time I swing through Chippewa around lunchtime, my car seems to steer itself towards the El Paso parking lot. After a short lunch break, I find myself telling the cashier the same thing everytime I pay the bill: “That was perfect.”

You see, El Paso hits what I like to call “The Lunch Trifecta.” Not only is the food delicious, it is also fast and cheap. Who said you can’t have all three! My #11 Dinner Combo along with a Diet Coke costs just under $12, and I’m usually in and out of there in under 20 minutes. You simply can’t beat that.

Don’t Forget the Booze

Of course, the other great thing about Mexican restaurants is that they serve Coronas and margaritas…and you will find both on the menu at El Paso. I’d recommend one of those big fancy margaritas with a bottle of Corona dumped into the top of it. YUM!

If you are like I was and have been dragging your feet on trying out El Paso, force yourself to get there sooner rather than later. No matter when you end up going, you’re going to love it. You can send me a thank you card in the mail. Ole!

Andrew is a professional freelance writer and lifelong resident of Beaver County. He created Your Beaver County to promote and showcase all of the positive aspects of our incredible local culture! You can find more of Andrew’s professional information at Brooklyn Content, or you can also follow him on his personal twitter account, @theAndrewSelby.