1222 N CENTRAL EXPY, MCKINNEY, TX 75074 | 469-678-5011

Our History

“It’s the real deal.” – D Magazine

Continuing to make great Tex-Mex for generations to come. Voted Best Tex-Mex two years in a row by D Magazine and recoginized by Texas Monthly for our Tacos Nortenos.

Vintage Tex-Mex lives on in our newly opened McKinney location!

The Cuellar Family history reads much like the history of Tex-Mex. Back in 1893, Macario and Adelaida Cuellar emigrated to North Texas from Nuevo Leon, Mexico. And in 1940, they opened the first El Chico in Oak Lawn and later created and sold many more Tex-Mex dining concepts. El Corazon de Tejas was in a building first opened as an El Chico in 1955, and after the building was sold in 2017, they’ve moved to McKinney to keep the tradition of Vintage Tex-Mex alive.
Everyone is welcome at El Corazon – there are vegan and vegetarian options as well as the famous sizzling fajitas. Margaritas are made with fresh limes and premium tequilas. Affordable Tex-Mex from the family that started it all!