About El Terco

Our Beginnings

Our first shrimp farm saw its humble beginning in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico at the turn of the century in the year 2000.

It got its name “EL TERCO”, or “The Stubborn One” because its founder, who had been pursuing the project of creating a shrimp farm in fresh water, away from the sea, did something no one had ever done before in the area. People around him and even some experts said such a project was not feasible. Unwilling to take no for an answer, with shoulders back and head high, he continued learning and solving all the technical challenges that came along with the adventure until he got it right and saw his dream come true.

The first EL TERCO restaurant was built right next to the ponds where the shrimp was growing. Back then, it was possible for customers to harvest the shrimp they would soon be served. That was as fresh as your dish could be!

McAllen, TX

A few years later, following a path too common for many families living across the border, who sought a safer future for the younger generation, the family, the farm, and the restaurant moved North of the Rio Grande.

Our second farm is located in Raymondville, Texas. We have been gladly serving our fresh, locally grown shrimp to you at this location in McAllen, TX since 2010 and are planning to do so for years to come.