The story of Habanero’s Mexican Grill started when Jackie (owner) was a child working for her parents “Puestos” business in Mexicali. She helped her parent’s and siblings prepare food for the neighborhood schools. It was there were she learned about working hard and people skills.

After migrating to the United States as a young adult Jackie had no desire to continue the family business and instead she ventured off into Corporate America while her family opened a single taco grill in front of a local restaurant.

Jackies talents and skills allowed her to climb the ladder in the banking industry. Until one day, her family needed her help in the family business. So she took time off from her career and reunited with her roots. She thrived, grew the business and felt once again the passion in the food industry. After working for her brother for some time, Jackie felt the desire to start a restaurant of her own.

habagrill staffShe opened Habanero’s in 2007 and has been making quality authentic mexican food for the community of Mira Mesa ever since. They created a unique style and flavor throughout the years while staying true to influences deriving from Mexico. Respect, Loyalty, and Hard work make up her family style working environment.

This place is a local favorite, so much so that every Friday a group of seniors make this their meeting spot to converse and enjoy the home style food at Habanero’s.

Now with her parents retired, Jackie and her brothers carry on the family legacy here in San Diego, CA



There are so many taco shops and Mexican food restaurants in San Diego. If you’ve been to many of them you may experience a certain inconsistency in the quality of ingredients. We pride ourselves in maintaining a consistent track record; making sure your meals are prepared the same way on the second or fourth time as it was the first time you tried our food. We source our ingredients locally and have the same suppliers every time. We will never choose cost over quality, ever.

  • Fresh local produce

  • We never change our meat supplier

  • Salsa is made fresh everyday

  • All dishes made at time of order



We would like to invite you to join us in a family friendly environment. Everyone on staff is here to serve you and make sure your food is prepared with the highest quality. You can also catch the news before work or Enjoy your favorite sports teams on large flat screen TV’s in our dining room.

Just like we would for members of our own family.  We enjoy seeing all of our regular customers on a daily basis. And it’s certainly a joy to see many new faces as well. We hope you enjoy your experience at Habanero’s.