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Fast-Casual Chatham Eatery Serves Up Authentic Mexican Fare

After moving to New Jersey from Mexico City, Jennifer Teutli began cooking and catering the foods she missed. Eventually, Mexican Spice was born.

A taco at Mexican Spice in Chatham.
Mexican Spice in Chatham offers tacos, enchiladas, churros and more.


Small, friendly Mexican eatery with a few indoor tables and picnic-style outdoor seating. Delivery and takeout available, as well as catering and a food truck for private events.


After moving to Chatham from Mexico City, Jennifer Teutli started a small catering company as a way of satisfying her own appetite for authentic Mexican fare. She eventually expanded, offering to-go meals in nearby Summit and Madison. Last summer, amid the pandemic, she consolidated and, helped by a three-day crowdfunding campaign, opened Mexican Spice at its brick-and-mortar location.

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Build tacos, burritos, quesadillas and rice bowls with your choice of meat (chicken tinga, carnitas, beef picadillo or carne asada), seafood (chipotle-garlic shrimp) or veggies (roasted corn with peppers or crispy avocado). Other entrées range from empanadas and enchiladas to chilaquiles and taquitos. Family-sized meals and soups by the quart solve dinner needs on busy nights. Don’t forget chips and guacamole!


The decadent churro cup—an ultra-portable bouquet of miniature cinnamon sugar–dredged donut sticks—is alone worth a trip. (The dessert menu also features flan, pastel de tres leches and full-sized churros.)

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