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5 Healthy Taco Ideas at Benny’s

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All For The Love of Tacos


Walk around the streets of Los Angeles randomly asking people if they like tacos, I am sure you won’t be surprised to discover the answer is yes. In fact, most people will probably respond with a, “duh” or “why would you ask such a question?”

Tacos are simple and picky-eater friendly; making them one of the most sought after meals. You can even customize them to be more health conscious. Rather than compiling a huge list of healthy taco ideas, we decided to compile 5 healthy taco ideas you can begin eating or cooking today. 

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Breakfast Taco:
 Equipped with a strong foundation – scrambled eggs and chorizo – this dish will certainly pump you with early morning energy. Add in the black beans (more protein) and caramelized onions for flavor and voila! You are ready for the day!

Carnitas Taco:
Did you know that Carnitas, or slow-cooked pork, is full of Vitamins A and C? Our Carnitas Tacos are topped with avocado and onion-cilantro which makes for a fresh contrast to munch on around lunch or dinner time.

Chipotle Chicken Taco: Our shredded chicken mixed with a red sauce and a salsa queso fresco will give you the flavor bomb you need. However, is all that sauce healthy? Maybe not, so don’t be afraid to add in a few delectable veggie toppings!.

Grilled Fish Taco: Calling all seafood lovers! Cabbage salad, avocado and pico de gallo will top off your grilled Mexican Bass taco for a light, crisp finish in each bite. It’s the perfect entree for a hot day!

Grilled Veggies Taco: Zucchini, yellow squash, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, lettuce, avocado, salsa and jack cheese. What more could you ask for? Whether you’ve given up meat entirely, or you’d just like to try something new, this is the taco that should be on your 2018 bucket list!

Don’t feel like cooking? It’s cool we get it. Be sure to stop by one of our locations if you are not in the mood to cook your own batch of tacos. 

To expedite the moment your mouth meets our tasty grilled meat tacos, be sure to call in your orders before stopping by one of our locations. 

Benny’s Tacos and Chicken Rotisserie Westchester
7101 West Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
310.670.8226

Benny’s Tacos and Chicken Rotisserie Santa Monica
915 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.451.0200

Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie – Culver City, CA 
10401 Venice Blvd,suite 101 B. Culver City, CA 90034
424.298.8327

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Celebrate Christmas For Days During Las Posadas

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A Wonderful Way To Celebrate The Holidays

We are finally in the last month of the year; the weather is at it’s lowest temperatures, decorations are up, and Christmas is closing in. Christmas is a joyful time of unveiling presents and gathering with your family for delicious home cooking. However the holiday is ultimately celebrated for one day, but there is another Christmas tradition that is celebrated across Latin America for numerous days. It is ‘Las Posadas’, a wonderful tradition that has been celebrated for over 400 years. This is a nine day celebration that strongly continues today in Latin communities. The holiday may not be recognized to Westerners, but it is indeed a wonderful way to spend Christmas with your family.

Nine Days of Celebration

‘Las Posadas’ is a series of procession and parties held every night from December 16th to December 24th, leading up to Christmas Day. The nine days symbolize the “novenario”, the nine days of religious observance based on the number of months, Mary had Jesus in her womb. Posadas are usually held in neighborhoods in Mexico and is quickly becoming popular in the US. On each evening, a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter is performed, by a man or a woman, young or old.

Re-enactments and Festivities

Every evening, the re-enactment will take place at a different house as the performers dress in costume with Mary sometimes riding a donkey. The process of Las Posadas is that Mary and Joseph travel from house to house, asking each resident for shelter by singing a special song (La Cancion Para Pedir Posada). They are given permission to enter when the resident of the house sings back to them offering festive foods such as hot tamales and hot ponche. Attendants may dress as shepherds and angels, holding candlesticks and paper lanterns along the way. The ritual ends when the entire procession is in the house, giving a prayer. The rituals are often followed by Christmas carols, Christmas star pinatas for the children, and a feast.

Nochebuena and Misa de Gallo

The last day of the Posadas is Christmas Eve. On this day, families will celebrate Nochebuena (“goodnight” in Spanish). As claimed by writer Connor Adams Sheets, Nochebuena is the biggest Christmas feast for the culture, usually held in family households. The dinner often features roast pork (lechon) surrounded by plates of traditional Mexican sides such as rice, beans, tamales, and salads. The celebration of Nochebuena usually lasts until the next morning on Christmas Day. The evening’s festivities is topped off with Misa de Gallo (Mass of Roosters), a midnight mass that commemorates the birth of Jesus and based on the legend of the rooster who announced to the world his birth. Sparklers and fireworks are brought out celebrating until the dawn of Christmas morning. Christmas presents are also opened at midnight and Christmas Day is used as a full day of rest, recuperating from the festivities from the night before.

Call Us For Our Holiday Catering

We’re happy to offer great hospitality and great food for our catering services. Let us help you out with you Nochebuena or Posadas feast. Our tasty tacos, freshly homemade tortillas, fajitas, rotisserie chicken, and scrumptious salads can always come in handy whenever you’re planning a big feast. Let us supply you with the freshest ingredients during the holidays. You can arrange our catering, simply by calling us at 818-612-3875 or visit our site for more info. Whether you’re planning on celebrating Las Posadas, Christmas Day, or simply a nice winter’s day, make sure to spend it with your family and friends. Happy holidays!

 

Benny’s Tacos: We do Day of the Dead Catering!

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El Dia de los Muertos, or, the Day of the Dead 

So, the month of October is finally upon us, as is the cooling of the weather and the ever-popular holiday of Halloween. However, Halloween is not the only important holiday that takes occurs at the end of October.   We also have another festival that is today celebrated across the world but originated in Mexico. It is the Day of the Dead, or in Spanish, El Dia de Los Muertos. Believed to have been celebrated in some form or another for three millennia, it is one of the oldest holidays in human history, and strongly lives on today.   However, what is it?

El Dia de Los Muertos  (or the Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated across Mexico.  It starts on October 31st and ends November 2nd.  It is a festival largely influenced by pre-Columbian indigenous cultures to Mexico as a means of honoring one’s ancestors. As described by the late writer Frances Ann Day, El Diade Los Muertos consists of three separate dates.  October 31st is All Hallows Eve, a date in which children make altars to invite the spirits of dead children to return from the dead  to visit the living.  November 1st is All Saints Day, when it is believed adult spirits come to visit their living descendents.  November 2nd is All Souls Day, when families visit cemeteries to decorate the graves of their loved ones. Graves are decorated in colorful ways, including flowers and marigolds, lit candles, tequila and other agave-sourced alcoholic beverages for the adult spirits, toys for the children spirits, and the favorite candy of each departed family member.  In addition to setting up altars, family members will often have picnics at the gravesites of their loved ones, where they will enjoy eating their loved ones’ favorite foods.  This can be difficult, for as we all know cooking for large company can be both costly as well time consuming.  Thankfully, it doesn’t have to!

Introducing Day of the Dead catering at Benny’s Tacos

We are happy to announce that we at Benny’s Tacos perform Day of the Dead catering. Let us take the edge off your El Dia De Los Muertos celebration.  Whether you want delicious tacos with fresh handmade tortillas, cool salads made with the freshest of ingredients, high-quality chicken, quesadillas, churros, or more, we have you covered with the freshest Mexican food in Los Angeles. Allow us to handle your Day of the Dead catering so you can instead spend more time this holiday celebrating with your family. Open every day of the week from 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM, we are always around to prepare delicious hot meals for your family and friends.

For the entire month of October (and November!), we will be offering 10% off of all catering. Simply call Benny directly at 818-612-3875 to get this special. To find out more information on our day of the dead catering service and how it works, you can visit our catering page.

We look forward to serving you!

Mexican Food is Healthy and You Should Know How

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Mexican food is healthy and a delicacy, that can sometimes be impossible to ignore. People love Mexican food and in the state of California, it is engrained in the culture. However, is eating too much of it healthy for you? People love it and it’s starting to show up on more menus across the nation, but it’ll be wise for eaters to know if there are healthy options to the cuisine, as well as what the unhealthy options are.

Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie is West LA’s reliable Mexican food hub for delicious rotisserie chicken, tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and so much more. We want to help you navigate our menu when you’re looking for healthy choices. We also want to give you some tips to avoid foods in high calories, sodium, and fat. Some individuals may worry that this cuisine will be detrimental to their current diet; rest assured, you won’t have to worry. The common misconception about Mexican food is that it’s not good for you and we’re here to help disprove it.

Mexican Food is one of the most Popular Cuisines in the US

Mexican food has become one of the most eaten cuisines in the US and has become a constant staple in the average Americans’ diet. A lot of the items in the menu of Mexican restaurants in the US can be loaded with sodium and saturated fat. Nachos smothered with melted cheese and a hearty dose of sour cream can certainly give an individual a fatty sensation. Furthermore, when the average Mexican entrees include beef, chicken, cheese, fried tortillas in huge bulks; how can you eat healthy?

Skip the Chips and Salsa

The basket of delectable tortilla chips and savory salsa is often irresistible, but if you are worried about your diet, then it would be better a large basket of only that. Chips & salsa contains too much fat and calories.

Chicken Instead of Ground Beef

It’s widely known that chicken is much healthier to eat than ground beef. For those who may not know, or need a little convincing beef (and red meats in general) tend to have more cholesterol and saturated fat than chicken according to Heart.org. White meat, like chicken also contains fewer calories, for those who still want to have Mexican food but are shaving off a few calories. At Benny’s, not only do we have Rotisserie chicken but Chipotle chicken as well. So choose chicken as your preferred protein for your burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and even nachos! With Rotisserie chicken we also offer it as a Whole chicken, Half chicken, or Quarter chicken, for those who are looking for a great chicken dish without all the extra ingredients that come with items like burritos and nachos.

Come visit us in Santa Monica to check out our great Mexican menu, full of healthy or healthier options that actually taste good!

Mexican Food is the Best Hangover Food!

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Have a Hangover?

At Benny’s Tacos, we make delicious Mexican food that also happens to be the best hangover food! We all know the feeling of having one too many at a party, or just on a regular night out. Waking up the next day could feel like a chore!

So what do you do? Drink a gallon of water and take ibuprofen. But why do that when a hearty, delicious meal can do the trick? In fact, greasy food is great as a preventive measure when drinking. According to Greatist, chomping down on it either during a night out or before going out can help absorb alcohol later as you’re drinking it. Assuming you forgot to stop by Benny’s Tacos before getting too intoxicated, we still have things on the menu that can serve as really good hangover food for the day after.

Menudo Soup

Our homemade Mexican soup is actually one of our traditional hangover remedies. We make it with special ingredients (like beef, tripe, chile powder, green onions and a lot more!) and served with corn tortillas. Menudo is traditionally eaten on the weekends, which is why we only offer it on Saturdays and Sundays.

According to Latin Life Menudo, “is said to stimulate the senses, rejuvenate the insides, and clear the head.” And we can guess why, the spices! The spices we use really warm your body up. Meanwhile, stimulating your senses helps relieve your headache and that pesky overall hangover feeling that you have. If you really want to sweat the hangover out, toss in some hot sauce, to give those spices a real kick! You’ll find out why Menudo is the best food for hangovers when you try ours.

Too Hungover to Make Food

Hangovers are a real nightmare! You’ve spent the morning trying to get out of bed and function, and by lunch or early evening, you’re finally ready to eat something. But you feel too weak, too tired, and too lazy to cook or prepare food (even the thought of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich seems like a huge task). That’s why you should come to Benny’s Tacos! If you’re going to be hungover, you might as well indulge in some tasty Mexican food. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and even rotisserie chicken can help you feel normal again with each bite. Let us cook and serve you while you consider the thought of drinking again. And if you don’t want to dine in, you can order your food to go, or if you feel too tired to make the trip you can order online from our two locations (in Westchester and Santa Monica). We have several options to order from like Grubhub, Eat24, UberEats, Doordash, and more! Let our delicious Mexican food cure your hangover.

Switch It Up This Year and Have a Mexican Thanksgiving!

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A Different Spin on Thanksgiving

Switch up your Thanksgiving this year by having a Mexican Thanksgiving! Traditionally, Thanksgiving consists of turkey, mashed potatoes, ham, green bean casserole, cornbread, and pumpkin pie. However this Thanksgiving, you can wow your guests by sliding in items from our menu to add a Mexican Thanksgiving flare. You and your guests will be blown away at how well our items actually compliment a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Appetizers

People usually provide snacks ranging from pretzels and peanuts to salami and crackers. This Thanksgiving, try our nachos and supreme fries instead. With your choice of tortilla chips or French fries, you can have black or pinto beans, along with melted cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole. You can have the nachos or supreme fries with steak, al pastor, rotisserie chicken, chipotle chicken, or shrimp. To compliment your Thanksgiving meal with white meat like turkey, we suggest using chicken for your nachos or supreme fries. Tired of boring chip and dip? Try ordering our guacamole as the dip you can use for your chips and crackers. You can taste the richness from our guacamole in every bite. Made from fresh avocados, we splash just the right amount of lemon juice to balance the richness out. Swap the chips out for tortilla chips and your guests will be thankful for the appetizer, while they’re anxiously waiting for the turkey dinner.
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Sides

Your Thanksgiving sides will be even easier with side dishes from Benny’s Tacos. Instead of green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, or mashed potatoes; try swapping the dishes out for beans or rice. Looking for something that goes well with cornbread? Our tasty pinto beans are seasoned to perfection and the texture of our refried pinto beans really contrasts with the flakiness of cornbread, creating a yummy pair. Interested in adding a little more meat to your meal? Try ordering a few of our rotisserie chicken wraps. Our wraps are created in a fresh flour tortilla with lettuce, avocado or guacamole, cheddar/jack cheese, and finished with chipotle sauce. By using side items from Benny’s Tacos you’ll be able to spend more time on the turkey and dessert, than worrying about side dishes.

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Try Chicken Instead of Turkey

Not interested in cooking turkey this year (after all it takes hours to cook) or just simply couldn’t find one because it was last minute? Benny’s Tacos has you covered! We have slow-cooked rotisserie chicken that is marinated with garlic and special herbs. In fact, three of our whole chickens can be used in place of one turkey, to feed all of your guests. Our rotisserie chicken menu is a popular favorite at Benny’s with options like, whole, half, and quarter. For a holiday like Thanksgiving you might want to order our family combo with two whole chickens with your choice of two sides and a side of guacamole, garlic paste, and tortilla chips. This combo also comes with a choice of flour or corn tortillas. With so many options to choose from on our menu, you can spice up your Thanksgiving this year giving guests memorable choices like our appetizers, sides, and chicken items. At Benny’s Tacos, we pride ourselves on cooking up delicious authentic Mexican food. Any of the items on our menu will help you create the dining experience you want this Thanksgiving and your guests will appreciate the different spin this year!
The Rotisserie Chicken are among the very best!

The Rotisserie Chicken are among the very best!


Five of the Best Guacamole Recipes

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Holy Guacamole!

With the right guacamole recipes you can create a heavenly dish that hits all of your taste buds. Mastering guacamole recipes can make you the life of any party when you bring the side dish to everyone’s delight. Benny’s Tacos is no stranger to guacamole recipes. In fact the place of origin for guacamole is in Mexico.

At Benny’s, most of our dishes come with a side of our flavorful guacamole that perfectly accompanies your meal. There are even a few items that even come with guacamole in them, like our California burrito which comes with your choice of protein, (steak, chicken, etc.) guacamole, cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, salsa, and French fries.

Because we pride ourselves on our classic guacamole recipe, we wanted to give you a few unconventional recipes so you can make your own version of homemade guacamole and put your own twist to your meals.

Guacamole Recipes Galore!

1. Tropical Fruit Guacamole: For this tropical twist you can serve up to 4-6 people with the proper amount of ingredients. Just mash up the avocados and add the remaining ingredients for a taste of the tropics. Prepare this dish with the below ingredients:

• 3 medium ripe avocados
• 1/2 cup finely chopped pineapple
• 1/2 cup finely chopped mango
• 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
• 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
• 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
• 1 tablespoons lime juice
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2. Pina Colada Guacamole: This inspiration is courtesy of Closet Cooking who came up with a really delicious concoction. What we love about this guacamole recipe is that it adds in a little bit of rum, which gives the guacamole a punch of flavor. The ingredients they listed are:

• 2 large avocados
• 1/2 cup pineapples, diced
• 2 tablespoons coconut cream
• 1 tablespoon rum
• 1 tablespoon lime juice
• 1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced
• 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
• 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
• salt and pepper

3. Tofu Guacamole: Moving away from the tropical types of guacamole, tofu guacamole is a vegan recipe. This kind of guacamole can even be used as sandwiches as International Vegetarian Union suggests. Not surprisingly the softness of the tofu gives this recipe a creamy taste, which is great for people who are looking for a guacamole that isn’t as chunky. For this recipe use:

• 1/3 lb tofu
• 1 avocado
• 1/4 cup or less chopped onions
• two fresh garlic cloves
• 1/2 a lime of lime juice
• 1 chopped tomato
• salt

4. Pomegranate Guacamole: Pomegranate is a delicious fruit that is also a rich source of Vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes pomegranate not only good but good for you. Mash up some avocado with this special fruit and the following ingredients:

• 2 large avocados
• 1 cup of pomegranate seeds
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
• 1/4 cup chopped green onion
• 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
• 1 serrano chile pepper
• salt and pepper

5. Avocado Free Guacamole: Chocolate Covered Katie came up with a really inventive way to make guacamole without the use of avocados. For Katie the main ingredient is asparagus (of all things!) and as a substitute it can compete with avocados! For those who aren’t used to asparagus, know that is a good source of fiber and is high in folate, as well as vitamins A, C, E and K. Unlike the above recipes, which used avocados as the base, this recipe is made slightly different. For this recipe you blend the ingredients with steam asparagus in a food processor until very smooth (all ingredients with the exception of the onions). The full list of ingredients are below:

• 34-36 skinny spears of asparagus, trimmed
• 1 cup plus 2 tbsps peas
• 2 tbsp mayonnaise
• 1/2 a lime of juice
• 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
• 1/2 tsp cumin
• 1/8 tsp salt
• 2 tbsp diced red onion

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Homemade Guacamole at Benny’s

From fruit to tofu to asparagus, try these easy-to-make guacamole recipes for you to impress guests at your next party (or for you to bring as a side dish to a party). They’re guaranteed to be a hit and you’ll thank us for it! To try our scrumptious guacamole made with the freshest of ingredients, stop by Benny’s Tacos at our two locations in Westchester and Santa Monica!

Celebrating our Mexican Heritage with Authentic Mexican food

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Roots of Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with our authentic Mexican food! With two locations in West LA (Westchester and Santa Monica) we’re the perfect destination to fiesta. Mexican Independence Day, which people often confuse with Cinco de Mayo, is actually on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. Over the years it has turned into a celebration that includes parades, mariachi performances, and street festivals. Since LA is heavily diverse there will be plenty of places to commemorate the holiday. We at Benny’s Tacos cherish our Mexican heritage and want to offer a great dining experience for anyone looking to join in the festivities.

Celebrate With Our Menu

Our authentic Mexican food menu has traditional items that you’ll find at Cinco de Mayo celebrations like tacos, burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, nachos, and more. We also cook mouth watering rotisserie chicken (slow-cooked, hormone free, marinated with garlic and special herbs) that you can order whole, half, or quarter. Want it in a wrap? Our tasty chicken wrap comes in a fresh flour tortilla with lettuce, avocado, or guacamole, cheddar/jack, with chipotle sauce or sour cream.

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Let the party begin!

Cinco de Mayo Special

Last year, we joined the rest of Los Angeles in the festivities, and celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a special, three tacos for $5.00. And because the special was a hit we wanted to celebrate with another special. This year we chose to do a special three fresh Baja Fish tacos, topped with avocado and chipotle sauce and a side of tortilla chips for $6.99. This year’s Cinco de Mayo special will not only be available for one day, but throughout the month of May.

So come out and celebrate with us. In Westchester we’re located at 7101 W. Manchester Avenue. In Santa Monica we’re located at 915 Wilshire Blvd. Can’t make it to Benny’s Tacos? Don’t forget we offer our authentic Mexican food in delicious platters with our professional catering services too!

Get Benny’s Tacos, Faster and Simpler, With These Great Restaurant Apps

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Easy Online Ordering

It’s hard to conceive that we now live in a era of restaurant apps, where we can simply order food delivery by pushing a few buttons on your phone. Boy, we have come far from dealing with phone calls and busy signals for delivery. In any case, you have, no doubt, heard about online and mobile food ordering services such as GrubHub, DoorDash, Eat24, and UberEATS. These new, innovative gems are dedicated to preventing those typical ordering pickup and delivery hassles like bad phone reception, miscommunication, wrong food orders, and recieving the wrong info. They are also utilized by more than 20,000 restaurants in more than thousands of cities. At Benny’s Tacos, with two locations in Santa Monica and Manchester, we are extremely fortunate to have all four restaurant apps available for our patrons.

Through a Click of a Button

LA life can be a bit difficult when it comes to getting the food you want. During the normal “9 to 5” work week, traffic is horrendous. Eat 24, DoorDash, GrubHub, and UberEATS makes life simpler with easy accessibility. With a few simple clicks, you won’t have to worry about dealing with other people, you can sit back and relax until your meal arrives.

Eat24 is service supplied by Yelp to help cater to all the foodies and the local restaurant in your neighborhood. DoorDash is a quick delivery service that is enlisted by your favorite local restaurants. GrubHub is its own entity that has been providing efficient food delivery and pickup for over 10 years. UberEATS is a brand new service that works like Uber, delivering your food straight to you by pin, wherever you are. Both Eat24 and GrubHub is available to cater both of our locations, but UberEATS is currently for our Santa Monica location.

Our full menu is on demand, along with other options and space to input your special preferences. If you also have special instructions for delivery, feel free to input that as well. In addition to our regular menu, our catering and family style platters will be offered through these amazing apps. Our food can be ordered through the computer or through the app on your mobile phone. These restaurant apps are totally free and very easy to access. Only thing to note is that the range of these services, from the restaurant to your location, is limited to a certain amount of miles, so make sure the restaurant is somewhat near you. Your food is strictly designated to be delivered within the hour . Furthermore, the apps offer great deals and exclusive offers that are displayed clearly on screen for users along with live chat, email and efficient phone support 24/7, if there are any issues that occur.

No Hassle, Fully Available

Whether you’re looking to order catering, big family meals, or just a couple meals; our online ordering options will have them all available for you. Even when your meals are being delivered, we guarantee hot and fresh food as you open them. There’s no better option to have, especially if you are in the jam-packed Santa Monica and LAX area that our locations reside in. Try out these fantastic restaurant apps out today!

Benny’s Tacos is located on 7101 W Manchester Ave in Los Angeles and 915 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica.

Brief History of Cooking Rotisserie Chicken

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Brief History of Cooking Rotisserie Chicken

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Inspiration on the Menu

Cooking rotisserie chicken has become our specialty, here at Benny’s Tacos. The menu from Benny’s Tacos in Santa Monica and on Manchester is full of delectable Mexican entrees like quesadillas, burritos, tacos, and fajitas, but the chicken is roasted to perfection daily, deliciously marinated and seasoned with garlic and herbs. A rather spectacular dish on the menu. Chicken always hits the right spot, whether on a lazy afternoon or during a busy evening. Although, this has gotten us curious about the journey that cooking rotisserie chicken in the past has taken? Let’s see if we can dig a little deeper.

Different Spin in Different Countries

Although cooking rotisserie chicken gained its massive popularity in the 2000s from sales in supermarkets and Costco; the bird and the method of rotisserie has come a long way from another country. Originally Rotisserie Chicken appeared in France during the Medieval period. Grilled chicken was a favorite for King Richard the Lionheart during the 12th century. At this time it was made as a stew. The appeal of rotisserie chicken is the roasting of the meat using spit skewers. The “spit” is a metal rod that went through the whole chicken, which then would be rotated and cooked slowly over a heat source. Rotation of the meat allowed it to be cooked evenly, within rows by the heat radiation. There were records that the first rotisserie was turned by dogs, then it went onto steam, then clockwork.

It is in 1946 when Rotisserie Chicken is introduced in Mexico. It was first founded on the street corner Gutenberg Melchor Ocampo in Colonia Anzures. The first rotisserie cooked was called the “Chicken Rio”. The people had then developed its own spin to the seasoning of the chicken: using garlic, curry, beer, lemon, barbecue, and more. It also eventually became a favorite dish in the family household in 20th century Mexico. By the 70s, Mexico was filled with rotisseries.

Our Specialty

Rotisserie chicken is, indeed, our specialty at Benny’s Tacos. With it, we serve a wide arrange of options including a half, a whole, and 2 whole chicken for your delight. It is also available in our catering and family style options. Our dishes are also served with a complete package of rice, beans, salad, tortillas, garlic paste, and guacamole! For a meat that is soft and tender, you won’t find rotisserie chicken that basted so lovingly like ours in the West LA community. Visit our locations in Santa Monica and Westchester to get a taste of how cooking rotisserie chicken and serving it with classic Mexican entrees will have you leaving with a smile. 

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