Gran Luchito was started in 2012 when the only Mexican food you could find came from a kit in the supermarket.
From the start Gran Luchito has stood for challenging the status quo with a fighting spirit to bring you real, authentic Mexican. It’s in our name after all! Did you know that Gran Luchito translated means ‘Great Little Fighter’?
Meet Our Founder – Fergus
The inspiration for Gran Luchito came from our founder and El Capitan Fergus. He travelled around vibrant and colourful Mexico on a trip of a lifetime and was blown away by the authentic flavours and ingredients of the food he enjoyed. Fergus decided to create a brand that would deliver the authentic taste of Mexico.
At first, he only sold Gran Luchito at the weekend from a stall in East London’s Maltby Street Market. Buoyed by the enthusiasm of early buyers, Fergus decided to make it his full-time vocation and passion.
The Best Quality, Freshest Ingredients
Right from the start, Fergus was determined to make Mexican with the same love and care he had discovered.
Exploring all of Mexico, searching for the highest quality ingredients from local Mexican suppliers, using authentic recipes that people have enjoyed for generations and preserving traditional cooking techniques are integral to what makes Gran Luchito unique.
Real Mexican Made By You
We are also hugely passionate about helping you to discover how delicious (and easy) scratch cooking authentic Mexican dishes at home with our products can be!
We have created over 250 recipes from Easy Chicken Tacos which can be made in a matter of minutes to complex dishes such as Chicken Mole which are symbolic and celebrated in Mexican cuisine. We are always updating and adding to our collection!
We welcome you to join our family and put a smile on the faces of those that you love.
Here is the amazing Chintextle chilli paste from Oaxaca which inspired Fergus to develop Gran Luchito.
It has been made by the Mixes people for generations by milling the wonderfully rich Pasilla Oaxaca Chilli in a metate (a rectangular volcanic rock used as a grinder).
In the Mixes hills which surround Oaxaca, each village has their own special variant of this magical paste.
Fergus worked for over 6 months with local Oaxacan chefs, Mexican American chef Susana Trilling and NY food blogger Alex perfecting the recipe for our Chipotle Paste.
Over time we have carefully added and grown our product range. Our commitment remains to choosing the freshest, best quality ingredients, using authentic recipes, traditional cooking techniques and producing in Mexico wherever possible.
The joy of the people and food found in the colourful streets of Mexico continue to be an inspiration for Gran Luchito.
We have also been inspired by the authentic recipes discovered on our journeys throughout Mexico .
We have created over 250 recipes, so you can learn to make authentic Mexican at home.
We have searched all of Mexico to bring you the freshest, highest quality ingredients.
We believe in preserving the traditional cooking techniques used in Mexico even when they require more time and effort.
Food is at the heart of Mexican culture playing centre stage at all celebrations, festivities and daily working lives.
In our blog we share our passion and insider knowledge for traveling to this colourful and magical country.
“ Best tortillas I've ever had from a UK supermarket by a long way
“ This is EXCELLENT!!! I lived in Mexico for 18 years and I can say this has the authentic taste of smokey chipotle chili salsa. Better yet, it's the only salsa I saw sold at Sainsburys that does not contain added sugar. Hooray!
It's absolutely delicious. ”
“ Fantastic authentic tomatillo salsa. Not your usual salsa, this is just like you get in Mexican restaurants in the US. Really tasty, already been through several jars ”
“ Excellent Mexican Salsa! Great for topping almost everything; scrambled eggs, tacos, chicken, etc. My favourite recipe is to boil chicken and then shred it in a pan, put the salsa on top and serve it with tortillas and refried beans. ”
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