It’s May, so that diet you vowed to follow in January may be long forgotten by now. If not, good for you! For others, keeping things like sugar in moderation is a must if eating out with diabetes or similar conditions. For those of you wanting to eat out lighter fare so you can look good on the beach this summer or feel healthier, we offer this guide to how to eat healthy at Chattanooga Mexican Restaurants.
Most people don’t ordinarily think of Mexican as healthy because, sure, those foods fried or covered in cheese or creamy sauces taste sinfully good. But think about all of the fresh vegetables and fruit. When a group of friends tries to figure out where they can meet up for dinner that will work for the vegetarian in the bunch, Mexican restaurants offer some of the more appealing options for everyone. You can eat healthy without feeling like you’re eating cardboard because Mexican food is packed with flavor! Amigos even offers up a dedicated Vegetarian menu that lets you create your own veggie plate!
Your nutritionist would be proud of you for ordering the Veggie Fajitas with sautéed zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushroom. We serve it with three flour tortillas, rice, refried beans and salad with lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, and tomatoes.
The experts say the healthiest Mexican menu options include grilled chicken dishes, which we offer in our tacos, burritos, enchiladas, grilled chimi, la tapatia, Pollo Jalisco, and more. The shredded chicken in our Flautas comes sautéed with bell peppers, tomatoes, and onions. The Carne Asada is another excellent entrée choice including grilled meats.
Other healthier options at a Mexican restaurant could include Tamales, Gazpacho ( a tomato based soup traditionally served cold), grilled seafood-based dishes, salsa and picante sauce, soft tacos with chicken or beef, fish tacos, or chile con carne (minus cheese and chips).
Assembling foods like a chicken fajita yourself gives you greater control of the portions and the ability to add more veggies.
Black beans work great for dieters, low in fat, high in protein and providing plenty of fiber. Pinto beans and grilled vegetables also work great as a substitute for refried beans or white rice. Corn tortillas contain fewer carbs and calories than wheat tortillas. You’ll want to enjoy other foods in moderation, including cheese, chips, sour cream, and nachos. Guacamole adds a similar creaminess to cheese and sour cream but is better for you. Pico de gallo may be available as a substitute for sour cream or melted cheese. Save the deep-fried options for special occasions.
If craving an appetizer, make sure it’s something everyone at the table will share.
Load up on veggies, especially extra lettuce.
Browse the menu on our website before arriving. It’s easier to make healthy choices when you aren’t hungry or distracted by conversations.
You can also control portion sizes and take any part of your meal that you don’t finish to save for left-overs. Remember that beer carbs vary from brand to brand, so choose wisely. Ask your bartender to substitute a piece of fruit in place of sugar and choose tequila on the rocks if you want to avoid the sweets. Or remember that a lighter meal leaves room for margaritas!
Save the dessert as a treat to reward yourself for meeting your goals.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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!
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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Forget the cookies and milk, leave Santa the gift the that’s on the top of his list… Amigos! Stand out from the crowd of sugar cookies and leave the big guy a special Christmas treat.
Snow isn’t Santa’s favorite white stuff… queso is! It’s rich, warm, creamy and the perfect midnight snack for Santa. Bonus, we’ve heard his reindeer are huge fans of our fresh baked chips.
Riding in a sleigh and climbing down chimneys is a real workout. Santa needs to refuel for his remaining stops. What better way to prepare than with tacos! The perfect combination of carbs, protein, dairy and vegetables… tacos should be a staple on Santa’s plate.
It’s a proven fact that the big guy loves sweets! He’s tired of cookies though, so instead opt for the soft, sweet, sugary crunch of a churro. And… with 3 scoops of ice cream on top, you can’t go wrong!
Who needs a white Christmas when you can have a frozen one! Margaritas are much tastier than milk, and they will leave Santa with a burst of energy to finish his tasks.
Leave Santa the gift he’d really enjoy this Christmas. Give the gift of great food from Amigo Mexican Restaurant!
Holidays are all about spreading cheer, right? What better way than with our creamy, zesty, and citrusy guac! With over 25 crowd-pleasing entrées featuring our fresh, finger-licking guacamole, here are 7 Amigo Mexican Restaurant top-guac sellers you need to order.
And speaking of guacamole… don’t forget to sign up for our "Guac Around The Christmas Tree" Contest. Enter now for your chance to win a Holiday Mexican Fiesta for 2 that includes chips and salsa, 2 entrees, 2 non-alcoholic beverages, 1 dessert, and guacamole, of course! To enter, click here. Good luck, amigos and Happy Holidays!
Question: What do marigolds, butterflies, and skulls have in common? You guessed it – Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos! Here are 10 fun facts about Dia de los Muertos you should know.
Think you’re a Dia de los Muertos pro? Take on the challenge of completing our crossword puzzle below. And of course, don’t forget to come to Amigo Mexican Restaurant for dinner to celebrate trick or treating. (We know all moms will be treating, with a margarita!)
¡Hola, amigos! Guess what this Saturday is?? It’s one of our favorite holidays of the year! No, not Cinco de Mayo, though we love it too. Okay, we’ll go ahead and give you a hint. It starts with guaca- and ends with -mole. Yep, it’s National Guacamole Day and we couldn’t be more ready! We’re so excited that we’re counting down the days to creamy, chunky, zesty, and savory (all the elements that make up Amigo guac) with a pop-guac quiz. So grab a chip, and let’s dip right in!
*Also, don't forget to stop by an Amigo Mexican Restaurant for a dip of Abuela's Guacamole, made fresh and chunky when you order! We start with a whole avocado and then we add fresh cilantro, tomatoes, onions and a hint of jalapeño just for that extra kick.
Sometimes in life all you need is a warm hug and a warm churro. If your week has been –let’s just say– less than sweet, we have just the fried fix for you! Our ooey, gooey, warm churros provide the ultimate sugar therapy that will melt away almost all your troubles. Still not totally convinced? Here are three reasons to save room for our famous, crispy Mexican pastry.
For more delicious Mexican desserts, try one of these at your local Amigo Mexican Restaurant.
A cheesecake burrito deep-fried and topped with three scoops of vanilla ice cream and strawberries.
Sopapilla With Ice Cream
Indulge yourself with our most popular dessert pastry! The Sopapilla is fried and topped with three scoops of rich vanilla ice cream. Then drizzled with the perfect combination of chocolate and honey, sprinkled with cinnamon.
Flan (Mexican Custard)
A Mexican delicacy. Our flan custard is rich and creamy, drizzled with a delicious caramelized topping.
Fried Ice Cream
Treat yourself to our creamy vanilla ice cream, quickly dipped into the fryer for just the right amount of crispiness. Then topped with all your favorites: honey, chocolate, whipped cream, sprinkled with cinnamon and topped with a cherry.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Bow down to beverage royalty… reining at the throne as the most popular cocktail, the Margarita is a total classic. Its refreshing blend of salt, lime, orange liqueur, and thirst-quenching tequila make it most deserving of devotion.
While the cocktail-martini hybrid basics may scream simplicity, we like to think of the marg as the perfect base to experiment, blending new tropical tastes and flavors… one of its best qualities!
In its purest form, the classic Margarita (whether on the rocks or frozen) is the quintessential cocktail to accompany any Mexican plate. Cause sometimes, less really is more. But if you’re feeling bold, we offer a multitude of margs that pack a punch.
Try out our Chamoy Margarita. Salty, sweet, sour, and spicy, it’s an absolute flavor knockout! This margarita is refreshingly citrusy, subtly chile-spiced, seriously delicious, and perfect for these hot summer days! (East Ridge, TN location only)
While everyone has their own idea of what the perfect margarita tastes like, all our amigos agree, our margs can’t be beat! Frozen or on the rocks, flavors include: Margarona, Mango, Peach, Passionfruit, Strawberry, and Raspberry. Cool off with a 12oz. Texas Margarita, 27oz. Jumbo, or grab a 60oz. Pitcher for sharing!
Our summer recommendation? A sweet and spicy, Tajin-rimmed (Chili Lime) Frozen Mango Margarita! Tajin is a unique blend made of world-class chilies, lime, and sea salt.
Sip down 2 for the price of 1 during Happy Hour (daily). East Ridge, Brainerd, Hixson from 3-9pm and 4-8pm at Johnson City and Elizabethton locations. See you soon!
What Makes a Salad a "Salad"?
If you're on a diet, Mexican food may seem definitely off menu – however, you don't have to give it up! It's all in the fresh ingredients, as salads come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors! Let's start with the basics: greens, fruits, veggies, and toppings. With the majority of salads, lettuce is used as the base ingredient, however, these leafy layers do not wholly define what it means to be "salad." Here are 8 Summer "Salads" that defy the salad standard.
TACO SALAD A fried flour tortilla bowl filled with ground beef, refried beans, lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole and tomatoes.
ENSALADA FRESCA Fresh romaine hearts topped with your choice of meat, fresh onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, two slices of avocado and shredded white cheese. Served with your choice of Grilled Chicken, Grilled Steak, Grilled Shrimp, and dressing.
AMIGO SALAD A fried flour tortilla bowl filled with layers of rice, lettuce and your choice of meat. Covered with grilled onions, bell peppers and mushrooms, topped with our famous white cheese sauce. Served with your choice of Grilled Chicken, Grilled Carnitas, Grilled Steak, Grilled Shrimp, Texas-Style Chicken, or Steak and Shrimp.
TACOS FLACOS A healthier take on our traditional-style tacos. Three lettuce wraps are filled with strips of grilled steak or chicken, topped with fresh cilantro and onions. Served with your choice of Grilled Chicken or Grilled Steak and a side of salsa verde.
DE LA CASA SALAD Fresh romaine hearts topped with Amigo’s homemade avocado sauce, sour cream and tomatoes.
LA TAPATIA Your choice of meat sautéed with zucchini, onions, mushrooms and soy sauce topped with our delicious white cheese sauce. Served with rice and three flour tortillas. Garnished with lettuce, sour cream and mango pineapple sauce to give it the final touch. Served with your choice of Grilled Chicken, Grilled Carnitas, Grilled Steak, Grilled Shrimp.
CRISPY CHICKEN SALAD Fresh romaine hearts topped with premium crispy chicken, fresh onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, two slices of avocado and shredded white cheese. Served with your choice of dressing.
TOSSED SALAD Fresh romaine hearts topped with fresh bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and shredded cheese.
And technically, you can make anything a salad, right? As long your Amigo entrée is accompanied with our Guacamole Salad, or Sour Cream Salad, including fresh lettuce, and tomatoes. (Nachos, Burritos, and and Enchiladas, we're talking to you!)
So, what's your definition of a salad? What you choose to make a salad out of it 100% up to you!
Since May is National Salsa Month, we give you an ode to the red stuff. After all, without it, what would we fill up on before our entrees arrive?
Let the Salsa guide you – to Amigo’s
With each savory bite, salsa is the perfect
complement to every entrée,
the necessity to a Happy Hour margarita,
and the best accessory to each salty tortilla chip.
Spicy, savory and oh so satisfying.
Salsa, we salute you!
Ranging from mild mouthful to fiery fare.
Here’s to you and every Amigo’s meal
you make complete.
Whether you’re topping or dipping, Amigo’s salsa reigns King as the ultimate fresh Mex accouterment. Using the freshest ingredients and our secret family recipe, we proudly serve this silent hero.
Maybe it’s the juicy, ripe produce or the freshly made tortilla chips that keeps you coming back time and time again. Whatever your favorite reason, Amigo’s salsa is sure to hit the spot. We must warn you though, our salsa can be habit forming!