The Chili Pepper, at 167 S. Main St., in Orange, is the best place I currently know of for Mexican food in Orange County -- and I've lived here for decades. The food is excellent, the prices are fairly low, the table service is reasonably fast, the portions are good sized, and the atmosphere in conducive to conversation. What more could you ask for?
This is a family-run operation, so the decor is a bit funky at times, but these folks know what they're doing. They clearly have a system, and it works.
For lunch, my favorite is the beef and vegetable chimichanga. For dinner, my favorite is a combination plate (#11?) with a taco and two enchiladas. But I really haven't eaten *anything* there that I didn't enjoy.
When ordering dishes with beef, I definitely recommend spending the extra $1 per item to upgrade from ground beef to shredded beef. You won't be sorry.
So, if you're in Orange and hungry for Mexican Food, stop at the Chili Pepper. You won't be sorry about that either.