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The Chili Pepper

Map & Directions 167 S. Main St.
Orange, CA 92868
  • Mexican
  • Sun, Sat 9am-9pm, Mon-Fri 11am-9pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Free, Lot available


OC Weekly's Description

The Chili Pepper in Orange is a Mexican restaurant probably most famous for its colorful exterior and a parking lot where ceramic cacti pop out of nowhere—that’s why it’s always packed. Inside, it’s the same party with parrots, palm trees, and more ceramic pots than the line to get back into the United States from Tijuana. And the food is Cal-Mex at its biggest, with huge combo plates, bigger margaritas, and drinks that masquerade as punch but which pack a bunch better than the right haymaker of Julio Cesar Chavez. Make sure to get the specials that have no name but involve a fried flour tortilla bigger than a surfboard. They also make a very good chile colorado, and a a chimichanga that’s as flaky as a chicharrón. The tacos are epic, the wet burritos sopping good—why are you still reading this? Go right now—and take a designated driver.

Member Reviews

  • ocweeklybestof wrote a review for The Chili Pepper
    on 05/06/09

    The first sign this drink isn't for amateur beverage lovers? The Chili Pepper, a brightly colored Mexican restaurant that is home to this lethal concoction, limits customers to two each. People who have yet to experience the Rosarito may scoff—but see how you feel after downing one. Tipsy as all hell, that's how you'll feel. The secret is a massive amount of Viuda de Romero... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Michael S. on 08/31/09

    Stop in for Champagne Brunch on Saturday or Sunday.

  • Chris T. on 09/03/10

    The apple burritos are the best part! Who can turn away a free dessert?

  • Chris A. on 11/28/11

    Free apple desserts are back!

  • John M. on 05/03/13

    Taquitos Mexicanos+blue curacau margi=winning

  • Jose Erick P. on 03/01/13

    Hands down the best mexican food out there. I've have everything on the menue and havent been disappointed, plus the margs are made with fresh fruit!!!!!

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