Santa Ana Treasures: Ochoa’s Chorizo and El Toro Market

This week on Good Food, we are highlighting 2 Mexican-American treasures in Santa Ana, Orange County.  The OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano always tells us about great places to eat in Orange County, this time he recommends two different markets.  The first, is Ochoa’s Chorizo.  Aurora Ochoa began making chorizo in her home kitchen and then started selling it to neighbors.  She and her husband, Salvador, now operate in the factory on Warner Ave.

El Toro is a gigantic meat market, tortilla factory and grocery store.  When Evan and I visited, we got a tour from Rudy, one of the owners.  We saw the piles of fresh masa being made into tortillas, tasted fresh carnitas and sipped champurrado.  Their selection of meats, cheeses, fresh salsas and tortillas is amazing and worth the trip.

El Toro
1340 West 1st Street
Santa Ana, CA
(714) 836-1393

Ochoa’s Chorizo
220 W. Warner Ave.
Santa Ana
(714) 850-0052

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  • I got excited at first, thinking you were talking about El Toro Meat Market in Lake Forest. Some good childhood memories there. However, I'm intrigued by these two places, so I'll check them out next time i'm in the area.

    • sal

      You will not regret it it's the real deal. Enjoy

  • Del Serrano

    Hi Sal & Mom and Dad God rewards hard work and good family traditions. En horabuena Familia Ochoa!!!!!