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Los Chingones's Lou Ortiz on the python tacos that could soon slither on the menu

Lou Ortiz Los Chingones 2461 Larimer Street 303-295-0686 loschingonesmexican.com

This is part one of my interview with Lou Ortiz, executive sous-chef at Los Chingones; part two of our chat will run on Thursday.

I come from a big, very Mexican family," declares Lou Ortiz, who grew up in Newark, the only son in a group of four kids whose mother specialized in Spanish-style cooking. "My mom never made a bad meal, and she never -- not once -- made a dry piece of chicken, and I've always admired that about her," says Ortiz, who's now cooking food reminiscent of his childhood at Los Chingones, where he's the executive sous-chef, working alongside chef-owner Troy Guard.

See also: Exclusive first look: Troy Guard's Los Chingones opens December 4

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Lori Midson
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