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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Asadero Mi Ranchito

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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It's a tradition.

In Chapala, Mexico, my Mexican tennis friends who play on Saturday mornings at Cristiania Park go out to lunch afterwards. Even though I am not currently playing the game, I enjoy their friendship and camaraderie and like joining them for lunch each week. They know where the good food is in this area!

This particular Saturday they brought me to Asadero Mi Ranchito in Riberas del Pilar on the main road connecting Chapala to Ajijic and beyond.

The sign at this delicious grilled meat stand

So this "Little Ranch Grill" offers lamb, baby piglet, sausage, chicken, ribs, organ meats and steamed pork shank. Some of the best you might have ever had!

Even though the sign says open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we found that it was only open on Saturdays and Sundays.

The sign also lets you know that these vendors sell meats by the kilo for you to take home, and they will supply meat for events and special occasions.

The meats roasting away

Have you ever been to an Argentine grill?

This is very similar, with the meats stacked on skewers and the huge logs of wood in the center giving off heat to cook them.

It's quite a sight, isn't it?

A trabajador taking lamb off the metal pole

This little "restaurant" is very simple. Most of their sales are from those driving in from the highway ordering kilos of meat to go. Even though there must have been 5 or 6 workers who were tending to the meats, cutting, weighing and packaging, there really wasn't much table service.


It's not that style of restaurant. In fact, there is no silverware, as one uses tortillas to manage the food.

We ordered and sat down, eagerly awaiting the juicy cuts of meat to arrive.

Simple presentation!

All of us were given a Styrofoam plate, a trio of salsas and a stack of tortillas. Meat was fresh off the grill wrapped in tin foil.

While sodas are offered, you must bring your own drinking water or wine for your meal.

Here you see delicious lamb and a Cabernet from Chile.

Prices for their offerings


So here you have the prices listed. Lamb goes for $28 a kilo, about $12.00 per pound. Piglet, sausage, ribs and the organ meats are about $16 a kilo, chicken is a little over $6 for 2.2 pounds and the steamed pork shank is less than $5 for a piece.

A closer look

The chamorro is on the left and various other meats are stacked up.

Road side grill

A proud worker getting the meats set up for another roast.

You can see the cars on the road here in the top of the photo. The cars that are very close are the ones that are parked. Riders are waiting for their orders or are eating in the restaurant.


Fresh limes

In Mexico, limes are everywhere. You can squeeze them into your water or beer, onto your meats and vegetables, or into your filled tortilla.

They are also terrific to "wash" your hands after eating.

Another close up shot of the grill

Here you can see the special grilling wood that is used for the stacked meats. The logs are large, about 4 feet long and a foot in diameter.


Highly recommended, take a drive one weekend and enjoy this tasty treat.

Asadero Mi Ranchito

Hidalgo 116-444, Riberas del Pilar, 45906 Ajijic, Jal. Tele: 33. 2117. 0401

Open weekends only

About the Authors

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

Retire Early Lifestyle appeals to a different kind of person – the person who prizes their independence, values their time, and who doesn’t want to mindlessly follow the crowd.

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