Burritos Alinstante has been operating out of the original location on the family property in Belen, NM since 1989. Many longtime residents of Belen will remember that the Burritos Alinstante building was originally Ernest's New & Used Furniture. Ernest and Laca Chavez, lifetime residents of Belen, owned and operated this "second hand" store.
Ernest was a well-known businessman and an avid horseman for decades until he passed away in 1984. The furniture store sat empty for a few years until Shirley Chavez, Laca's daughter-in-law, formulated a plan… She set out to open her own business called Chavez Tortillas.
Shirley and Laca agreed that Ernest's store was a great location to make this dream happen. Shirley enlisted the help of her daughters and family. Everyone worked very hard to make tortillas and deliver them to local grocery stores all over Albuquerque and Valencia County. They were also sold over the counter at the new Chavez Tortillas location: Ernest's old store. However, tortillas proved to be difficult to make well in a homemade fashion for an inexpensive price, and Shirley quickly came to realize that her dream was not working out as she'd planned.