Favorite cheap Mexican in PHX East valley?
Ah yes, PRG (People's Republic of Gilbert...pardon my cynicism), a virtual wasteland of good chow (Joe's BBQ and Flancer's notwithstanding).
A few options worth trying:
Rancho de Tia Rosa
They have a full bar in the restaurant, and serve beer in the Taqueria. Very good, slowly cooked meats.
Guedo's Cantina Grill
71 E. Chandler Blvd.
Excellent taco bar - highly recommended. Cash only.
Rivas Mexican Food
546 N Gilbert Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Ok, so it's cheap, fast-food, but it does the trick. No booze.
Here are our East Valley faves. We live in Higley.
Los Dos Molinos on Alma School - Hot and relatively inexpensive. Not as crowded as Central location.
Blue Adobe Grill on Country Club - A little more upscale then Los Dos, but still Southwestern style
Guedos in Downtown Chandler - Tace Bar, very inexpensive and really good.
El Zocalo in Downtown Chandler - average food, not real cheap, but a great place for happy hour and enjoying their incredible patio
Nandos Val Vista and Baseline - Kind of a chain atmosphere, but above average chain type of food. There Carne Asada is pretty decent and they make killer margs.
Restaurant Mexico in downtown Tempe. Cheap, fresh, and tasty. It's more in the style of central Mexico--their green sauce is tomatillo based and they use queso anejo (crumbly, slightly salty, white cheese) as a their cheese topping and filling rather than burying everything under goopy globs of fluorescent cheddar. RM was about the only Mexican place I went to while a student in Tempe--I'm not sure if I realized at the time how lucky I was to be so close to food that good and that affordable. They have a decent selection of Mexican and American macrobrews.