Chef Luis

Our Executive Chef Luis Sanchez is the culinary heart and soul of Abuelo’s.

Born and raised in Mexico, it was there that Chef Luis developed his passion for cooking,  spending countless hours in the kitchen with his grandmother and learning the techniques and recipes that he still uses today.

The journey that brought Chef Luis to Abuelo’s 1996, included successful stints at family-run restaurants in Mexico, perfecting his skills at the Culinary Institute of America, followed by stops in Dallas, including the launch of Jozef’s Seafood Restaurant, named one of the best restaurants in America by French Chef Jacques Pepin.

Today, Chef Luis is responsible for creating the menus for all 40 Abuelo’s locations in 15 states nationwide. But, he still cooks with the joy of that kid back in his abuela’s kitchen.

“I love to re-create recipes from our past, recipes from our families, from our friends,” says Chef Luis. “Recipes that we love and that we can present with pride to our customers. That pride is very important to me.”

Under his direction, Abuelo’s has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, combining menu creativity, outstanding flavor and colorful plate presentations.

When Chef Luis is not in the kitchen, he enjoys traveling back to Mexico where he still looks for new recipes, horseback riding and spending time with his children and grandchildren, Isaias, Xitlali and Madison.


Chef Luis Sanchez, executive chef for Abuelo's Mexican Restaurants introduces his newest Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp Fajitas. For the complete recipe please visit the Abuelo's Facebook fan page.

It's true! Abuelo's Mexican Restaurants makes everything fresh daily. Chef Luis Sánchez tells us why and explains his passion for made-from-scratch cooking at Abuelo's. 

People are falling in love with our new holiday dessert Capriotada. In this video, Chef Luis shows you how to make this deliciously decadent traditional Mexican bread pudding. Watch and try it yourself! Need the recipe? We'll post it here soon, so stay tuned. 

View all of Chef Luis Videos on Abuelo's YouTube channel AbuelosTV

You can also check out how to cook your favorite Abuelo's dishes on Facebook 

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Chef Luis

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