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How well do you know Mexican food? Maybe not as well as you once thought. Here are 5 facts about Mexican food that just might surprise you!

Fact #1 Tortillas used to be canned.

Yes, you read that right. Store-bought tortillas were most commonly found in the canned food aisle! While these nonperishables were once stocked on the shelves, this Mexican food phenomenon is no longer found in stores.

Fact #2 Not All Mexican Food Is Spicy.

As a prevalent ingredient in most Mexican dishes, the chili pepper does not always mean every dish is hot. Some Mexican dishes, for example, dance with sweet, savory notes. I mean come on, have you tried our Traditional Corn Tamale?

Fact #3 Mexican Food is HEALTHY!

Mexican food is actually a healthy choice, despite its carb-filled reputation. It combines the perfect blend of food groups and natural feel-good nutrients, which release endorphins that make us feel happy. Finally you can enjoy the low fat, low calorie flavors of Amigo’s without all the guilt.

Fact #4 Most of our favorite foods come from Mexico.

Did you know that Mexico has provided many of the world’s favorite foods? These ingredients include beans, avocados, chili peppers, corn, tomatoes, the cacao and vanilla bean. What would the word be like without chocolate or vanilla? Sad, just sad.

Fact #5 The first meal of the day is always sweet.

Okay, maybe not a fact but more of an opinion, we strongly believe that dessert should never be overlooked. Fact: It is common in Mexican culture for churros to be served up for breakfast. At Amigo Mexican Restaurant, we serve up a plate of warm, deep-fried pastries drizzled with a sugary, sweet, chocolate sauce and a side of ice cream. Talk about the breakfast of champions!

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mexican restaurant ChattanoogaThere’s no denying that everyone needs Taco Night in their life. It’s fun, delicious and the perfect start to any week. We’ve got highly non- scientific facts that show you need Taco Night in your life this Monday and here’s why…

It’s the Best Monday Night in Town
Call it a coincidence or call it fate that Taco Night falls on the most dreaded day of the week. We all know that Monday is the worst day of the week, so why not reward yourself with something special? Our delicious hard shell beef tacos will turn your mundane Monday into something deliciously awesome.

It’s Part of a Balanced Diet
Mom always said you needed a well-balanced diet. Well, you are in luck, because tacos basically cover all the food groups. You’ve got carbs in the shells, the ground beef covers the protein, the lettuce counts as a serving of veggies, and there’s dairy in the cheese. Boom, who said nutritious can’t be delish!

It’s Messy Fun
Who doesn’t love getting down and dirty and eating with their hands? It’s like being a messy kid again, but this time it comes with margaritas or beer! No matter your taco eating style, you can’t deny how great it is to pick up that crunchy shell and dive in.

It’s Budget Friendly
There is no need to spend a fortune to enjoy some good eats. We’ve got those champagne flavors on a beer budget. Don’t break the bank for a great dinner, join us for some crispy, crunchy goodness.

It’s a Party
We all know there “ain’t no party like a taco night party”. Bring the kiddos, bring the friends, and bring everyone to the tastiest Monday night celebration east of the Mississippi. We’ve got tacos, salsa, queso, margaritas and beer… basically everything you need for a good night.

Step up your Monday game and join us each Monday night for the gloriousness that is Taco Night!

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happy hour specials ChattanoogaToday we salute you chips and salsa.

Without you what would we fill up on before our entrees arrive?

From that crisp and lightly salted crunch to that spicy salsa finish, no meal would be complete without you.

You are the perfect complement to a Happy Hour margarita and a necessity when watching sporting events.

Move aside boring potato chips and French onion dip, there is a new sheriff in town. One that is crunchy, spicy, savory and oh so delicious.

Tortilla chips and salsa, we salute your fresh baked taste and the occasional bite that sets our mouths ablaze.

Here’s to you and every snack time you make tastier.

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happy hour specials Johnson City Tortilla chips and guacamole are staples in the diets of most Tex-Mex loving Americans. Like peanut butter and jelly, chips and guac’ are a time honored pair. For many, it is unheard of to sit down for dinner or happy hour without this tasty combination.

Since the time of the Aztecs, guacamole has been a staple of ethnic cuisine. The avocado became very popular among Spaniards due to the high protein and fat content. Believed to be an aphrodisiac, the fruit was typically eaten with sugar or salt or some cases with a combination of the two. Guacamole recipes began gaining popularity shortly after the Spaniards discovered this super fruit of sorts.

While there are many variations, traditional guacamole is based on only a few ingredients.

Avocado: As the main ingredient, the avocado is the key and one of the most flavorful ingredients. There are several varieties of avocados grown throughout the United States. The Hass avocado, is the most popular variety and regarded by many as the best choice for making guacamole.

Chiles: Based on its wide availability in Mexico, serrano chills or jalapenos are the first choice to spice up your guacamole. If you prefer flavor to spice, finely chop the pepper before adding them.

Onions: Most traditional recipes call for the white onion. Unlike the yellow, red or purple varieties the white onion has a pure hot flavor rather than a sweet taste. The onion should not overpower the other flavors in the guacamole.

Tomatoes: The tomatoes should be ripe but firm to maximize flavor. If tomatoes are not in season, try using Italian or plum style tomatoes.

Cilantro: This staple seasoning of Mexican cuisine has a pungent odor and distinct taste. Cilantro will add a nice hint to your guacamole.

Check out this easy recipe for homemade guacamole, or better yet, come see us tonight for fresh chips and guacamole!

Ingredients

3 tablespoons finely chopped white onion
4 serranos chills 
2 rounded tablespoons cilantro 
1/2 teaspoon sea salt 
3 large avocados 
2/3 cup tomatoes, finely chopped, not peeled 

Topping 

2 tablespoons white onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoons heaped, finely chopped cilantro 
2 tablespoons finely chopped tomatoes 

If possible use a molcajete to prepare your guacamole. Grind the onions, fresh chilies, cilantro, and salt to a rough paste. Cut the avacados in half, remove pits and scoop out the flesh. Mash the flesh roughly into the chili mixture, turning the mixture over so that the seasoning is well distributed. Serve with chips or warm tortillas.

Written by Tiffany Hutton

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Elizabethton Mexican restaurantsSalsa is topping ketchup as the condiment of choice, tortillas are more popular than hot dog and hamburger buns, and tortilla chips are outselling potato chips. There is no question that the popularity of Mexican food is on the rise north of the border. What can we attribute this rise in growth and popularity to?

Mexican style cuisine has become a staple in many American diets. From Tex-Mex to more authentic cuisine, tacos and other fair are appearing everywhere and appealing to more than just the Hispanic population. After soda and popcorn, nachos are the third- largest concession seller in NFL and MLB stadiums coast to coast. According to columnist and foodie, Gustavo Arellano, nachos are as American as apple pie.

Main stream marketing and more adventurous palates can be credited to the rise of Mexican food popularity. Tacos and nachos are hardly the same in different regions and restaurants. While tacos and tortillas are synonymous, the “filling” can be very unique. From fish tacos, to BBQ, chicken, pork, shrimp, steak or Caribbean jerk, flavor and ingredient combinations are endless. 

We see the same trends at our family owned restaurants! Amigos Mexican Restaurant serves popular items such as tacos and nachos – and a lot of them, but it is our unique specialties that reign king.  We use the freshest ingredients and family recipes to cook up the perfect taste combination. The crisp peppers and onions of our Texas fajitas and spice of the Pollo Picoso make these two entrees among the most popular on our menu.

Maybe it’s the creamy queso or the refreshing margarita that keeps you coming back time and time again. Whatever your favorite dish, Amigos is sure to hit the spot. We must warn you, we can be habit forming!

Written by Tiffany Hutton

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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 
  • Johnson City Crossings

    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