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Fiesta Jalisco banks on authentic Jaliscoan recipes 

click to enlarge GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
This local chain, which spans six locations in Colorado, banks its appeal on authentic Jaliscoan recipes. Despite an inviting interior, we’re a little put off by the entrée prices — mostly landing in the $14 to $20 range — but are relieved that our tacos mi Jalisco ($15.25) and our chile relleno Jarocho ($15.99) come with a decent amount of food for the price.

The former sees three tacos full of steak bites, simply seasoned with onions and tomatoes, plated with super-smooth beans, rice, cabbage slaw, and pico de gallo. The meat’s good, and the veg adds some interest, but it needs a skosh more to brighten the bite — maybe a lime wedge? The chile relleno Jarocho (that is, the Veracruz-style chile relleno) comes stuffed with baby shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions, served under tomatillo salsa, sour cream and guac. Creamy guac and mildly sweet shrimp dominate the flavors, and it chews a bit mushy and indistinct.

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