Born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, Cecilia Cortazar Peterson’s passion for food started early and spanned two cultures. By the age of seven, she was working alongside her family’s hired cook, roasting chiles, making corn tortillas from fresh masa and learning how to prepare traditional Mexican dishes like enchiladas, chile rellenos and rajas.
Cecilia eventually settled in America and continued her childhood traditions by continuing to cook authentic Mexican cuisine for friends and by hosting “taquizas” (taco parties) which were enlivened by her warm and friendly spirit. The popularity of her food and personality eventually led to her catering events for friends and neighbors.
From her traditional roots grew the dream of someday having her own restaurant. Cecilia continued cooking and hosting, while patiently waiting for the right moment to arrive when she could open an authentic taqueria. The moment finally came when Liberty Station announced their intention to develop an open-air market offering local artisan foods and cuisine. It would be named “Liberty Public Market” and Cecilia knew her taqueria would have a home.
With the contracts signed and the paperwork all done, Cecilia excitedly began composing her signature recipes, blending styles and traditions from her Mexican and American roots. Cecilia created a menu of authentic tacos, salsas and other dishes, using only farm-fresh, locally-sourced meats, seafood, cheeses and produce along with Cecilia’s warm and loving spirit. Because more than anyone, Cecilia knows that food is not simply about menus and cooking–it is also a way of communicating.
The essence of Cecilia’s warm and friendly style is wrapped in every little taco she serves. Come see for yourself at Liberty Public Market and enjoy fresh Mexican cuisine served fresh daily with a smile.