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Meet Ana Aguilar of Chilanga Mexican Food in San Diego

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Aguilar.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m a dreamer since I remember in my house there was nothing more important than dinner time. My mother was always an excellent cook, in the days when recipes were taken out by instinct; Heritage, talent or love for cooking? I don’t Know!

In the years in which I was taking English classes as my second language, a teacher of mine spoke of a phrase which left a significant impact on me until this day; “This is the country of Dreams” and when I said that to myself it resonates deep within me. It makes me realize anything you want to achieve in life is possible. A year later, I would be wearing my Chef coat, ready to start culinary arts at Community College and by 2016, I was graduating, but what was next?

Cooking was always my passion but not start comes easy, I ran a catering business with little success and it wasn’t until after someone approached me with the idea of attending the local Farmer’ Market.

I started to run the project Chilanga Mexican Food where the main idea is to recreate food from Mexico City. Something new and authentic for those who don’t know about this cuisine, and memories of this wonderful gastronomy for those who know it. Today my family and I run this Small business.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As it is well said, “all work costs, if you want to have great rewards, you must make sacrifices.”

In the beginning, the Chilanga project was already showing itself to be difficult, seeing how I was unfamiliar with the paperwork needed to be involved, eventually turning to social media, online researches, and current venues at the farmer’s markets themselves for advice.

Of course, it has been a long hard road, restless nights thinking something would go wrong and the fear that I would not continue with the project. with the unconditional love and support of my husband and son, none of this would have been possible.

Chilanga Mexican Food – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Chilanga Mexican food is a small traditional food business, inspired by the streets of Mexico City.
Our food represents one of the traditions that you can find when you visit Mexico city, popular dishes that we call “Antojitos Mexicanos.”

We specialize in hand made tortillas, with basic dishes of our Mexican cuisine, chicken tinga, beef tinga, potatoes and chorizo, chicharron and, we could not miss a very ancestral dish, the huitlacoche (corn truffle), sopes, pambazos, and street corn are some of the things that you can find in Chilanga, all our recipes are homemade including our salsas.

We take pride in our dishes as it reflects the love for this project,

How are we different from others? When someone thinks about Mexican Food the first thing that comes to mind are your typical Tacos shops, our goal was to revive authentic dishes that have been forgotten by many. Mexican home cooking is completely different from the food served in most Mexican restaurants.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
How do I define success? Success begins with a dream fueled by hard work and sacrifices. I visualize success as a chain of links each link represents a crucial part in the end goal. I always like to have in mind this, first dream it and then work for it.

Being a successful person doesn’t always mean being profitable. If a can earn pride and joy out of what I do with passion, that already is a success for me.

The markers we are seeking are to create a total culinary experience for our costumers. To provide unique and memorable dishes of the highest quality, and to be known within the San Diego area and eventually make the business grow.

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Carlos Espejel

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