La Changada specializes in in Mexican snacks 

click to enlarge GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
This to-go-friendly spot, La Changada, opened in May, is part of a 2-year-old Denver company that specializes in Mexican snacks, especially Clamatos preparados. It’s not the words on the English-free menu that fail us so much as the core concept, but our gracious server helps us along. A Clamato preparado is Clamato with toppings, which here include sliced veggies, chilled shrimp, carne seca (think beef jerky but flatter and drier), and more.

We skip the Clamato for a styrofoam container full of carne seca y camarones ($10) over cucumbers and jicama, topped with chamoy and lime juice. The chilled shrimp do fine in the sauce, certainly better than cocktail sauce for our money, and the salty, spicy chile de arbol-seasoned carne keeps its snap. A mineral preparada ($3), basically salt, lime juice, sparkling water and tajin chili-lime seasoning, goes down all too easily, though we’d spend the extra buck for honey next visit.
Location Details La Changada
638 S. Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO


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