Rancho Liborio Mexican food and my attempt to copy it

Somehow I recently got on a Mexican food kick. But I wanted real Mexican food, not chain restaurant Mexican food. We’ve been to a few local places and remain unimpressed, so I thought I’d go ahead and make it myself. We went down to Rancho Liborio on South Circle Drive to get ingredients (BTW, they are a grocery store and  have locations in California and Nevada as well as Colorado).  They have really good, cheap produce, like avocados three for a dollar, bunches of cilantro, two for a dollar, and so on. I kinda remembered that they had a taqueria in the store, and they did, so we had lunch there. OMG. It was so good. Highly recommended.

Beef burrito at Rancho Liborio, Colorado Springs
Beef burrito at Rancho Liborio, Colorado Springs
My two chicken tacos and Mike's beef taco.The salsa was delicious. I want to see if they sell it there.

My two chicken tacos and Mike's beef taco.The salsa was delicious. I want to see if they sell it there.

Aqua frescas are my new favorite thing- and of course I keep seeing recipes for them now. They aren’t loaded with sugar (altho the ones you get in restaurants might be) and are a nice non alcohol based festive drink.

Mike had a watermelon agua fresca and I had a pineapple one.
Mike had a watermelon agua fresca and I had a pineapple one.

So, of course I had to try and make this meal myself. I’ve made chicken tacos before, they’re really not hard.

I started with carmelizing some onions, adding a little garlic, and then some chopped up chicken.
Filling for chicken tacos

Filling for chicken tacos

 Then added some avocado and cilantro.

Filling for chicken tacos

Filling for chicken tacos

Put it all into some small, fresh corn tortillas from Rancho Liborio (after microwaving them a little to soften and warm them) and there you go. I thought they were almost as good as the ones from the market. If I would have had that awesome salsa, they would have been.

Homemade chicken soft tacos

Homemade chicken soft tacos

Of course I also had to make aqua fresca. Coincidentally, I had just seen a recipe for melon agua fresca in Sunset Magazine and had some frozen cantaloupe in the freezer. I used only about 1/4 cup of sugar in the whole thing so if you maike it be sure to start out with just a little sugar and add more if you need it. Part of what I like about these drinks is the fruity sweetness, rather than sweetness from a bunch of sugar.

Melon agua fresca

Melon agua fresca