Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Rico’s popular nachos are big enough to share

SAGINAW, MI — Rico’s Authentic Mexican Takeout, which started decades ago making and distributing tortillas in Saginaw County, is now a restaurant best known for its nachos and tacos.

“(The restaurant) opened back in 2003, and, essentially, my mom built the business for my sister and I so that the three of us could work together,” said Elaine Rico, who works at her family’s restaurant with her mother, Christine Rico, who is known as Mrs. Rico, and sister, Sherry Marquez. “Takeout became so popular that they stopped tortilla production.”

One of the best-selling items on the menu is the large double-layer nachos, priced at $17.50 to $22.50, depending on your choice of meat, and big enough to feed four to six people.

Elaine Rico said customers love how it tastes and that it’s big enough for a family to share.

“Our tacos are, obviously, our No. 1 seller, but our nachos — we sell so many nachos just because they’re delicious, but they’re also economical,” she said.

The nachos come with your choice of ground beef, shredded beef, or shredded chicken, plus cheese, green pepper, onion, lettuce, tomato and hot sauce and sour cream on the side.

Rico’s popular tacos come with ground beef or shredded chicken in a hard or soft shell topped with lettuce, tomato, cheese and hot sauce on the side.

The takeout-only restaurant and caterer sells trays of up to 30 tacos and offers taco, nacho and wet burrito bars for large groups and special events.

“It’s just been phenomenal, the local support from our community,” Elaine Rico added.

Rico’s Authentic Mexican Takeout, 2720 Bay Road, is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. Visit www.ricostakeout.com to learn more.

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