Break Out of Your Food Routine with Some of the Best Mexican Food in Chattanooga


If you're looking for authentic and delicious Mexican food in Chattanooga, come to Amigos and try some new menu items, like this taco salad.
If you’re a Chattanooga local, odds are you’re an Amigos fan too. Delicious, authentic Mexican food, drink deals, happy hour steals– where the cheese dip flows freely and Dollar Taco Mondays are the highlight of an otherwise tough day. When you frequent a local restaurant, it’s easy to slip into a comfortable ordering routine. Afterall, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ is a pretty applicable statement across the board– but sometimes breaking out of a routine is the best way to find something new you actually really enjoy.

A lot of us are habitual orderers at restaurants. We know what we like, and we like to stick to it. But branching out is healthy, and a great way to find your new favorite dish. We bet we have a whole host of amazing meals at our many locations across Chattanooga (and elsewhere) that you would love if you gave them a shot. Here’s a list of some absolute favorite menu items you may want to try on your next Amigo visit.

1) Jalapeño Bacon Dip

This is a brand new menu offering, a new twist on the classic and beloved cheese dip. Fresh, sautéed jalapeños and bacon crumbles are topped with our famous white cheese sauce for a new dip with a kick. I mean, let’s be real. Bacon improves almost everything. So next time you’re in, take your cheese dip up a notch, and try this new concoction. When I dip, you dip, we dip.

2) Taco Salad 

During your branching out, test our delicious and fresh taco salad. It’s of the stuff of dreams. Not only is the taco salad a lighter option, but also IT’S AMAZINGLY GOOD. A fried and perfectly crispy flour tortilla bowl is filled with ground beef, refried beans, lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, and our delicious guacamole. You will not be disappointed.

3) Grilled Chicken and Chorizo Tacos

As authentic as it comes, these 3 Mexican style tacos feature soft corn tortillas full to the brim with tender grilled chicken and chorizo, topped classically with fresh onions and cilantro. These tacos are served with cebollitas asadas (grilled spring onions) and an amazing house-made salsa verde on the side. Trust. They’re so good, you’ll likely wanna come back and order them again the next day.

4) Pollo Loco

A clear cut specialty, the Pollo Loco features grilled chicken served over rice and topped with a healthy portion of our famous white cheese sauce. Nestle this amazing and indulgent mixture up in the provided warm flour tortillas, or just grab a fork and dig in. Already a fan of this Amigo classic? Try an add-on next time to make it truly next level. We recommend adding chorizo for a new flip on the experience. Pollo loco is crazy, indeed. Crazy good, that is!

5) Carne Asada

This delicious Mexican classic is a staple, but we bet you may have never tried it at your neighborhood Amigo. Thinly sliced steak is grilled to perfection, served with rice and refried beans, as well as lettuce, tomatoes, cebollitas asadas, avocado and three flour tortillas. This hearty dish bursts with flavor and authentic appeal. Try it next time you visit!

No matter what you decide to order, just know your friends at Amigo Mexican Restaurant are always changing and updating the menu. We make it our mission to consistently add new takes on old classics, updated dips, and new margarita flavors to the menu so you can always have a fresh and exciting experience with us. Ask your server what’s new next time you stop in, and get a little adventurous with your ordering. Tacos are great, but we’ve got a lot more than that to offer. See you soon!

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tequila or mezcal chattanooga happy hour

A staple at our Chattanooga Happy Hour – or any Mexican bar or restaurant, really -- is some variation of cocktail with Tequila as the main ingredient (margarita, Bloody Mary, Tequila Sunrise, etc.). We celebrate this great spirit as we near National Tequila Day on July 24th.

Another choice gaining ground in America bars and restaurants, perhaps confused with Tequila, is Mezcal.

What is the difference between Tequila and Mezcal?

Both drinks are made from the harvested core of the agave plant, otherwise known as the “piña”, but the two spirits are characterized by more differences than similarities. Think of it the same way in which bourbon and scotch share the category as whiskey, yet you may love one and hate the other because of variations in taste.

Geography also matters. Just as Bourbon is a whiskey associated with Kentucky (where 95 percent of it is made) and Scotch whiskey was originally made in Scotland, tequila and mezcal come from different regions of Mexico. There’s a town in Jalisco named Tequila. Spirits Writer John McEvoy explained to Food & Wine magazine that tequila is mass produced in 5 places, while mezcal is a product made in nine parts of the country.

Another spirits writer, Chris Tunstall, said the most common agave used for mezcal are tobalá, tobaziche, tepeztate, arroqueño and espadín.

How do Tequila and Mezcal differ?

The differences don’t stop there. The two drinks are distilled differently.

Industrial ovens steam the agave before distillation in copper pots to create tequila. Lava rock pits dug into the ground and filled with wood and charcoal typically cook the agave to create mezcal with distilling in clay pots to produce a characteristic smokiness.

After distillation, both drinks end up in oak barrels for varying periods of aging, the labels as different varieties based on the length of aging. Tequila, for example, comes in three varieties: blanco (silver or plato/0-2 months), reposado (2-12 months) and anejo (1-3 years). Mezcal is also grouped as joven (blanco or abacado/0-2 months), reposado (2-12 months) and anejo (at least one year).

We don’t expect anyone to come up to the bar and order an “abacado mezcal”, but hey, at least you can now that you know what it is and say it if you want to impress your date.

Fun fact: The term mezcal used to refer to any spirit distilled from fermented agave, but then the government got involved and changed the phrase from a category of spirits to something more specific.

“Tequila was originally called vino de mezcal de tequila — or the wine of the mezcal from the community of Tequila (in Jalisco),” explained Lou Bank of SACRED Agave, a nonprofit that promotes the rural Mexican communities where mezcal is made. The word mezcal comes from the Nahuatl words metl and ixcalli, which taken together mean "oven cooked agave."

Another fun fact about Mezcal: Some producers avoid the variation of the word spelled “mescal” to avoid being mistaken for some derivative of mescaline.

Mezcal vs Tequila: What’s the Difference?

Some of the more commonly available brands of mezcal available in the US include Del Maguey Chichicapa, El Jolgorio Tepeztate, Rey Campero Tepextate, Ilegal Mezcal Reposado, Mezcal Vago Olla De Barro Tobala, Montelobos Mezcal Joven.

If you’re now torn between ordering tequila or mezcal in your margarita, we suggesting ordering one of both. Then more. You know, to be sure you can tell a difference!
Besides, who’s counting when you can get 2 for 1 Margaritas during happy hour in Chattanooga? Call your favorite Amigos location for specific times & prices.

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If your attitude about Mexican food is “the hotter the better!”, this article is for you! We’re going to suggest some of the boldest dishes you can find at Chattanooga Mexican Restaurants.

Technically, “spicy” is not a taste. Yes, you heard me right! Spiciness is actually a form of pain, and spicy foods contain chemicals that stimulate the pain receptors in your mouth. Some of those nerves also monitor temperature, which is why spicy foods give off a burning (hot) sensation when we eat them. The same type of reaction causes us to cry when cutting onions. If you’re like us, you know it hurts so good!

A little “pain” can be good for us now and then. Peppers get their spice from something called capsaicin, which aids in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and has also been found to improve circulation and relieve congestion. The trusty taste buds know that spicy foods have a kick, and Mexican food, in particular, has a reputation for being very spicy. We prefer to think of it as “mouthwatering”. Besides, you can cool off with 2 for 1 Margaritas and daily specials on 32 oz draft beers!

SPICY APPETIZERS

Mexican foods contain some of the most spicy ingredients in the world including Jalapeño peppers. We suggest you try the new Jalapeño Bacon Dip, Chiles Toreados with Cebollitas Asadas, or Abuela’s Guacamole for a sampling of the heat to come. Another appetizer, our Amigo Dip, contains cilantro, which is another Mexican staple known to put a stride in your step.

Still looking for an Entrée to Test your Fortitude?

ENCHILADAS SUIZAS

Two grilled chicken enchiladas topped with creamy suiza sauce and served with rice, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream. Substitute Grilled Steak or Grilled Shrimp if that’s how you roll.

POLLO PICOSO

We bring the heat by cooking grilled chicken and sautéed onions with our spiciest salsa and famous white cheese sauce. Served with rice, refried beans, and three flour tortillas.

STEAK STRIPS WITH A KICK

Get ready for our spicy hot marinated strips of grilled steak, sautéed onions and mushrooms served with rice, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo and three flour tortillas. If you like it hot, it’s sure to hit the spot!

LUNCH SPECIAL #7

One shredded chicken chimichanga, one tamale and one shredded chicken flauta, topped with creamy suiza sauce and garnished with lettuce, sour cream and mango pineapple sauce.

If you feel like you’ve gone too far, you can cap off your meal with a tasty dessert top of ice cream. See? That didn’t hurt one bit. Be bold. Make lunch and dinner at Chattanooga Mexican Restaurants more than a meal… make it an experience with zesty sauces, spices, and peppers. Contact us online for more information about our restaurant and to view menus for all of our locations.

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Mexican Restaurant Locations

  • East Ridge

    3805 Ringgold Rd
    East Ridge, Tennessee 37412
    (423) 624-4345 
  • Brainerd

    5794 Brainerd Road
    Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411
    (423) 499-5435
  • Red Bank

    1906 Dayton Blvd
    Red Bank, Tennessee 37415
    (423) 870-9928 
  • Hixson

    5450 Highway 153
    Hixson, Tennessee 37343
    (423) 875-8049
  • Harrison

    6701 Tennessee 58
    Harrison, TN 37341
    (423) 710-8970 
  • Peoples Street

    3211 Peoples St, Suite 70,
    Johnson City, TN 37604
    (423) 952-0551 
  • W. Market Street

    1705 W Market St.
    Johnson City, TN 37604
    (423) 975-0252
  • Elizabethton

    623 W Elk Ave
    Elizabethton, TN 37643
    (423) 543-1711 
  • Jonesborough

    125 E Jackson Blvd
    Jonesborough, TN 37659
    (423) 788-2804