Colorful buildings along Mexican street

About Us

ABOUT TORTAZO

Welcome to Tortazo, a new fast casual Mexican concept from celebrated chef, Rick Bayless.

Inspired by the vibrant food, colors, and culture of Mexico, Tortazo is a place of discovery – of bold flavors and new culinary experiences – but also a place where you will be embraced by the genuine warmth of Mexican hospitality.

The first Tortazo will be launching in late-2019 at Catalog in Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower, with more locations to follow shortly. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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OUR BELIEFS

We believe in an unwavering commitment to authenticity as our North Star.

We believe in celebrating the vibrancy of life in full flavor and experience.

We believe the life worth living is one of continual discovery and broadened horizons.

We believe in a contagious joy of life that manifests in shared smiles and laughter wherever we go.

We believe in the tenets of “Mexican Care” – hospitality that is unexpectedly caring, genuine, and enthusiastic.

Rick Bayless preps food in kitchen

MEET CHEF RICK

Rick Bayless is a 7-time James Beard award winning chef and the foremost expert on authentic Mexican cuisine in America.

His portfolio of award-winning, critically acclaimed restaurants include Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, XOCO, Leña Brava, and Cruz Blanca.

He is winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, has received multiple Emmy nominations for his highly rated Public Television series, Mexico – One Plate at a Time, and has authored 9 best-selling cookbooks.

The Government of Mexico has bestowed on Rick the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle–the highest decoration bestowed on foreigners whose work has benefitted Mexico and its people.

He has also earned the Julia Child Foundation Award, a prestigious honor given to “an individual who has made a profound and significant impact on the way America cooks, eats and drinks.”

WHERE OUR FOOD COMES FROM

We use the freshest, highest quality ingredients, largely sourced directly from Mexico or local farms.

We are proud to highlight some of our partners below:

Collage of Tortazo suppliers, including a family of farmers, barn pigs, and tomatoes