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The staff at Jalapenos Peru are always smiling and ready to serve you whether it's a large ice cold margarita or sizzling fajitas. We pride ourselves in friendly, fast service.. we know you don't want to wait a second longer for those tacos! We have the best table side guacamole, so don't forget to order some up next time you're in Peru, IL and our staff will make it right at your table with the freshest ingredients.. avocado, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and even jalapenos!!
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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Mexican, Southwestern
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Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Outdoor Seating, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed October 15, 2022

We were on the last leg of our vacation and knew we were coming home to an empty fridge. So, in preparation of a long night ahead (of driving and unpacking the car), we stopped at Jalapenos for dinner. The menu was enormous. Seriously. If...you can't find SOMETHING of interest, then you are not trying. They had every choice imaginable and then some. It's a busy (I believe chain) place that has what you might expect in the way of decent Mexican food. There was a sense of restrained chaos, but the staff made it work. Food was quick to come out and we did NOT leave hungry. The quality was good - a solid 7 out of ten. It's a good place to take the kids. A decent recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 22, 2022 via mobile

I am always suspicious when I see the top rated restaurant in a town a Mexican restaurant. Don’t be fooled by the entrance way. What is inside is outstanding food and very good service!! Burrito Califoriana and Zucchini Chicken were both delicious!!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 19, 2022 via mobile

Homemade chips and salsa were arrived right away. The burritos were excellent and very filling. There was a wide selection on the menu and everyone left full and happy.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed May 25, 2022

Peru has plenty of fast food and franchise restaurants which I would rate as average or below average. The area around Jalapeños is loaded with the usual fast food places. We visited Jalapeños twice and each time I would rate it above average, especially compare...to its competition. I would eat here again.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 11, 2022

Great, great food, excellent service as well. Will be sure to stop here next time I am in the area for sure.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 25, 2022 via mobile

We stopped on our way to Rockford, looking for a good non-fast food restaurant. Jalapeños was a little further off the interstate then we prefer but once we found it, we noticed it’s an easy on/off at the next exit. The chips/salsa were delicious. We’re...used to lighter chips and a milder salsa; these were heavier chips and more of a pico de gallo - it had nice zip and flavor! We had the tacos, a chicken quesadilla and a beef enchilada. Not our first rodeo for any of those dishes. The meat was very flavorful and portions were generous. Interestingly the tacos came with only the meat in the shell; the lettuce and cheese were on the side for you to add yourself. No problemo! The rice and refried beans we did not like as well; actually prefer the flavor of a Mexican restaurant in our hometown (Bloomington). That said, they were also very flavorful and the beans texture seemed more authentic, so to speak. Not nearly as creamy as we’re used to but again, not bad just different. A great place with FAST service (a plus as we were on a timetable). Next time we’re in LaSalle/Peru and want to have dinner, Jalapeños will definitely be our top choice.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed December 24, 2021 via mobile

Authentic Mexican dishes...delicious, too. Taco salad with chicken and Steak Vallarta was great. Chips with a spicy salsa was too "hot" for some in our group. Wait on Thursday night 6pm was about 10 minutes. Busy place plenty of parking. Probably a mad house on...Friday & Saturday.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed October 21, 2021 via mobile

We were staying at the Fairfield Marriott next door, so it was very convenient. We enjoyed our meal, my husband had Beef Fajitas and I had the build you own with a Quesadilla and super Taco. I also enjoyed a small regular Margarita. Staff were...wearing masks and there was plexiglass between booths. Large menu to choose from.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 27, 2021

You know how you miss someone but you don’t know that you missed them that much until you either run into them at the Walmart or intentionally drive to see them. You remember after 20 minutes being together it seems like you have never been...apart. Thats Jalapeños. Even before the pandemic, it had been awhile since we had been there. And considering the pandemic we are now talking about 3-1/2 years since our last visit. With all the bad food experiences we have encountered around the country since restaurants have started to reopen, my wife and I were prepared for a mediocre reunion if not a bad one. Boy, were we surprised. The food was still top notch and the margaritas rocked. The staff was every bit as pleasant as we had remembered and maybe, but I can’t be certain, it was still the same old staff. And like an old fried, Jalapeños welcomed us back with open arms.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 18, 2021 via mobile

My family has been coming to Jalapeños for a number of years and the food and service NEVER disappoint! The food is fresh and served hot, not warm! Definitely a return visit as always in our family’s future!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed May 8, 2021

Lime Margarita was perfect, not watered down and too sweet. Vegetarian fajitas were very good and vegan/gluten free friendly (removed the sour cream and asked for corn tortillas). Guacamole made table-side was delicious; small was a perfect size for 2 people.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed February 17, 2021 via mobile

This was very close to the motel we were staying at . I ordered the steak fajitas and my wife ordered the shrimp fajitas. It wasn't the best I ever had but wasn't the worst Not sure if I would go back.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed January 30, 2021 via mobile

We are staying nearby- hotel recommended we have dinner from here. We are not ready to eat inside so we ordered takeout What a treat- shrimp fajitas had at least a dozen juicy large shrimp- beans and rice were on point as was some guacamole...on the side. My wife had cheese and beef enchiladas- big portions and delicious . We topped it off with a chocolate flan- share one if you must but do try it Outstanding delicious well priced- what more could you ask forMore

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed December 28, 2020

My mom and I have loved Jalapeños for like 10 years! The food is delicious and the service is awesome. They now have a drive-up window so you don't have to go in if you don't want to. I also noticed an outdoor tent thing...so that helps during the pandemic. Get the homemade guacamole. Sooooo good.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed February 25, 2020 via mobile

My wife and I just ate here and we won’t ever come back. We had tasteless chips along with our blah salsa. Most importantly, our waiter charged me for an extra margarita after asking him for a standard lime on the rocks because the mango...margarita I requested for before was super sweet and didn’t like it. I expected, like at most restaurants, that he would accommodate me, but that didn’t happen. I mentioned it to the cashier but to no avail. What a mistake and waste of my money! MiguelMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Brandee-TA, Marketing at Jalapenos, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2020

We're very sorry to hear that your recent visit was not up to our usual high standards. Please give our manager a call at 815-220-1638 to discuss the situation with your drinks and how we can do better for next time.

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
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