Photo from: Killen’s TMX Facebook

By Greg Morago  @

Chef Ronnie Killen has been offering Tex-Mex dishes on his dinner menu at Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland to prepare for the opening of a new Tex-Mex concept. He announced today he is opening Killen’s TMX in Pearland.

For weeks chef Ronnie Killen has been teasing his social media fans with mouth-watering photos of classic Tex-Mex dishes he’s been recipe-testing and hints of a Killen’s-branded restaurant where he can play out his tacos/enchiladas/tamale dreams.

That day has come. Killen told the Chronicle Wednesday that he has signed a lease for a new restaurant in Pearland, Killen’s TMX, at 9330 Broadway, about a mile west of his Killen’s Steakhouse. Already under construction, Killen’s TMX is expected to open in November; when it does it will bring to four the number of restaurants that Killen operates in the Houston suburb (including Killen’s Steakhouse, Killen’s Barbecue and Killen’s Burgers).

For months, Killen has been using his barbecue joint as a sort of incubator for his Tex-Mex quest. He’s snuck smoked chicken enchiladas, brisket enchiladas, brisket tacos and quesadillas onto the dinner menu to gauge his customers’ interest in smoked meats-stoked Tex-Mex classics. The dishes — most presented with his own takes on Mexican rice, charro beans, guacamole and roasted tomato salsa – have been a hit.