TWIN FALLS — Sweet bread, warm tortillas and pre-cooked carne asada.
These are just a few of the sights and smells to experience inside Mi Pueblo, a Mexican market, restaurant and bakery at 449 Washington St. N. The market opened 15 years ago when Esidoro Nieto Jr. couldn’t find anything like it in Twin Falls, and wanted to bring a part of Mexico here — “mi pueblo” means “my town.”
Today, Mi Pueblo produces about 24,000 corn, flour and wheat tortillas — and 3,000 pieces of bread — each day, manager Yesenya Nieto said. It distributes to stores across the region, from Jackpot, Nev., to Ontario, Ore. and east to Aberdeen.
Visitors can see the tortillas being made through a window by the baked goods. A 24-count package of flour tortillas costs $3.79 — or for that same price, you can get 70 corn tortillas. Nieto warns that they may not last as long as other store-bought tortillas.
“We put in as minimal preservatives as we can,” she said.
Here’s some other foods and ingredients available at Mi Pueblo:
Meats: “We have a butcher who comes in every day and slices it up, traditional style,” Nieto said. A few tidbits you can find at the counter: chorizo, pork skin, beef small intestines, and carne asada (which can be ordered pre-seasoned and pre-cooked, if desired).
Treats: Mi Pueblo bakes and decorates pan dulce (sweet bread) every day — many of which, at 49 cents apiece, cost less than your typical doughnut. And speaking of doughnuts, they have those, too. Colorful cookies cost a bit more, and customers can also order personalized cakes. Another party supply: pinatas.
Chilies and produce: Looking for chipotle chilies, pasilla chilies or pickled jalapenos? Mi Pueblo has all of these, and more. It’s also got other desired produce, such as nopal cactus.
Restaurant: Customers at Mi Pueblo can order food from the kitchen and enjoy tacos or traditional soups like posole.