Thursday, 28 January 2016 00:00

Health Benefits in Mexican Food

Chattanooga mexican restaurantsMexican food isn’t typically known for being a healthy choice. However, if you pass on the copious amounts of queso and beer in favor of healthier alternatives, Mexican food can be delicious and nutritious.

Fiber
Beans are a fiber packed staple of Mexican food. Both black beans and pinto beans are rich in fiber. Fiber is an important component in our diets, and many of us are simply not getting enough of it. Opt for whole beans in tacos and burritos as opposed to fried varieties. In addition to being rich in protein, a half cup of beans yields 7 grams of fiber.

Protein
Lean meats are a healthy source of protein commonly found in Mexican foods. Chicken, shrimp, fish, pork and beef are great sources of protein and can help to increase your energy and help keep your muscles healthy. Skip on the carnitas as they are high in saturated fats.

Capsaicin
Peppers get their spice from something called capsaicin. The capsaicin found in jalapenos and other peppers is filled with health benefits. Capsaicin aids in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and has also been found to improve circulation and relieve congestion. Add some spice to your next meal and enjoy the benefits.

Vitamins & Minerals
Lettuce, tomatoes, salsa and other vegetables found in Mexican foods are rich in essential nutrients. Packed with vitamin C, tomatoes and onions help to fight infection and boost immunity. Avocado is another super food found in many Mexican dishes. Filled with fiber and potassium, avocado is a great way to boost the nutrition found in any meal.

Enjoy the great flavors of Mexican food without the guilt. Join us for dinner tonight!

Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

Be Santa's Favorite, Give Amigo Gift Cards

Chattanooga mexican restaurantIt’s that time of year again… the stockings are hung, the lights are strung and the big jolly guy is checking those naughty and nice lists. With the abundance of liquid cheer and holiday goodies comes the dreaded task of Christmas shopping. Some folks will tell you that they love it, that shopping with the groves of people, in the chaos that runs rampant at any store, puts them in the Christmas spirit. We aren’t saying those elves in training are liars, but we are claiming they’ve been hitting the eggnog a little hard. Subjecting yourself to the torture that is mall traffic… hunting for a parking spot like your trying to find a needle in a hay stack… and then there are the people. No matter what time of day you go it’s packed. Then as if that were not bad enough, they bring their strollers and crying children along for the madness that is Christmas shopping.

Skip all the headaches that come with Christmas shopping and give the gift of Amigos. Our online gift cards are the perfect gift for even the pickiest on the list. You don’t have to worry about sizes or if they are going to like it. If they don’t like Mexican food, you should probably reconsider your friendship anyway. The best part is that you don’t have to fight the crowds to pick on up. Visit http://amigorestaurantonline.com and a few clicks later you’ve finished your shopping. If you chose to buy them from the comfort of sweatpants on the couch we won’t even judge.

Share the holiday cheer and the gift of good food. Give an Amigos gift card this Christmas.

Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

Spice Up Your Leftover Turkey

chattanooga mexican restaurantThanksgiving dinner… ahh there is nothing quite like it. The turkey, stuffing and all the sides. When the appeal of turkey begins to fade, try these Mexican turkey recipes to spice up your leftovers. Here’s two of our favories:

Creamy Mexican Turkey Soup

1 tbs. vegetable or canola oil
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 c. chopped yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 c. chicken broth
1 can diced green chilies, drained
2 c. 1% milk
¼ c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. ground cumin
2 c. shredded turkey
¾ c. frozen corn
3 tbs. chopped cilantro
1 c. Monterey Jack cheese

In a large stockpot, heat oil over medium- high heat. Add vegetables and garlic then saute for 5 minutes. Add broth and bring to boil. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Add diced chilies.

In a bowl, whisk together milk, flour, salt, chili powder and cumin. Increase heat to high and whisk milk mixture into soup. Stir until thick, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add turkey, cilantro and cheese. Stir 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and soup is hot.

Turkey Enchiladas

2 c. shredded turkey
2 tsp. cumin
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 c. shredded Mexican cheese
12 8 inch tortillas
2 c. enchilada sauce

Preheat oven to 375 and lightly grease casserole/baking dish. Lay tortillas out and distribute turkey and black beans in a line down each tortilla. Sprinkle with cumin. Divide a cup of cheese between each tortilla and sprinkle over meat and cheese.

Spread 1 cup enchilada sauce in the bottom of baking dish. Roll up each tortilla and place side by side in the dish. Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes until cheese melts and tortillas brown slightly. Sprinkle with cilantro if desired.

When the turkey and difficult relatives become too much for you to handle, head to Amigos!

Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

Be the Tailgate Hero, Bring Mexican Food

Chattanooga mexican restaurantsEveryone loves Mexican food. As football season rolls around, be the hit of the tailgate and bring snacks sure to please any crowds. Wow your guests with these tasty appetizers and dips.

Taco Pizza Rolls

½ lb. ground beef
1 can pizza dough
2 tbs. taco seasoning mix
3 tbs. water
1 c. Mexican cheese blend

Preheat oven to 400 and lightly grease baking sheet. In a medium skillet, cook and brown beef. Drain and add taco seasoning and water and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

Unroll pizza dough onto flat surface and press into rectangle. Evenly spread taco meat and cheese across pizza dough. Starting with the long end, roll dough to form tight roll. Use a serrated knife to slice dough into 18 rolls.

Place on baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately. Add toppings such as lettuce, sour cream, salsa and guacamole as desired.

Mexi Dip

2 c. mexicorn, drained
1 c. chopped green chiles
1 bell pepper, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
2 jalapenos, chopped without seeds
2 c. shredded cheese
1 c. sour cream
1 c. mayonnaise

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and chill. Serve with tortilla chips or Fritos.

Rotel Dip

1 lb. Velveeta Cheese
1 c. Orginal Rotel
1 lb. spicy ground sausage
Tortilla chips or Fritos

Turn crockpot on high to preheat. Cook and brown sausage. Drain. Place meat and Rotel (juice and all) in crockpot. Cut Velveeta into cubes and add to crockpot. Stir well. Turn crockpot to low. Cover and simmer. Stir frequently until cheese is completely melted.

Whether your team wins or loses, our Chattanooga Mexican restaurant is always here with habit forming Mexican food and refreshing drinks.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 00:00

Livin' on the Classy Side: Beer Cocktails

Chattanooga mexican restaurantsBeer…. We couldn’t live without it. Whether it’s a hot and humid summer day, a Saturday during football season or a rough day at the office… there is nothing quite as refreshing. Some will argue that they don’t “like” beer or some other nonsense, but we disagree. This hop and barley filled nectar is perfect for almost any occasion. Its budget friendly, easy to drink and leads to fewer bad decisions than say, Fireball.

This tasty beverage is wonderful all on its own. 99% of the time we’ll stick to the “if it’s not broke don’t fix it” mantra, but not this time. Combine it with a few other ingredients and you’ve got yourself a fiesta in a glass.

Here are a few of our favorite ever so fancy beer cocktails:

Chelada:
Mexican beer is good, but then you add a fresh lime wedge and it magically delicious, right? Maybe that's Lucky Charms but you get the point. Well hold on to your socks and sombreros, amigos and whip yourself up a Chelada.

¼ c. ice
¼ c. fresh lime juice
12oz. Dos XX or Tecate
kosher salt

Use a little fresh lime juice to moisten the rim of the glass then coat with salt. Add ice and lime juice. Top with beer and say “cheers”!

Bloody Beer:
Part Bloody Mary and part Michelada, this concoction is sure to cure whatever ails you. Drink this number after a night on the town and you will be ready to fiesta like there’s no manana!

12oz. light beer
¼ c. tomato juice
¼ c. kosher salt
lime wedges
1 tbs. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
hot sauce
Worcestershire sauce

Mix salt and red pepper flakes. Rim the glasses with a lime and dip into salt mixture. Add ice tomato and lime juices. Add a dash of the hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce and beer. Garnish with lime and raise your glass to “good times and bad decisions”.

Coupe de Ville
Even the bachelors of the group can show up to a party with chips and salsa. Step up your game and show up to the party with a little liquid happiness.

6oz. anejo tequila
6oz. fresh lime juice
6oz. orange juice
3oz. orange liqueur
12oz. Dos XX or Tecate

Combine first 4 ingredients and stir. Add beer and get the party started!

Coronarita
We saved the best for last! Some days just call for the big guns. Lake days, pool parties, Sunday afternoons… sometimes you just need drink that just says I’m not going to remember my name by the end of this glass.

Tequila
Corona
margarita mix

Grab the blender and mix up a pitcher of frozen margaritas. Pour margarita into pitcher. Turn Corona upside down in pitcher. Add straw and toast to a good time and enjoy until that physical or moral hangover hits.

Just remember amigos that you can't buy happiness... but you can buy beer and that's kinda the same thing.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 00:00

Happy Hour Has Health Benefits

margaronaIt may seem like a no brainer to some, but happy hour can do wonders for your body and sanity. Let’s cheers to that! According to a study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, moderate alcohol consumption can be linked to a higher quality of life. We’ll skip all the boring mumbo jumbo, but apparently female participants that had between 1 and 3 drinks a night and males consuming between 1 and 4 beverages an evening reported having a higher quality of life.

So what do we have to attribute the benefits of alcohol to? You can chalk it up to social interaction. Stronger social circles are attributed to better mental health and stronger overall physical health. So happy hour makes you social, improves your health and is pretty good for the wallet too! After all, if complaining about work over 2 for 1 margaritas doesn’t make you feel better, then we don’t know what will.

So there you have it amigos, drinking really is good for you! We might not sport white lab coats or have initials after our name, but we could have told you happy hour is filled with benefits. If that research didn’t convince you, here are 21 reasons you deserve happy hour tonight!

Thursday, 07 May 2015 00:00

We'll Help You Get That Beach Bod

Chattanooga mexican restaurantWe don’t have to tell you that you should be eating Mexican food as often as possible, obviously you know it’s the best! However, it tends to get a fattening reputation. While margs and queso aren’t necessarily the healthiest things on the menu, there are plenty of healthy and delicious dishes at our Chattanooga Mexican restaurant.

Here are a few ways you can enjoy your favorite Mexican food and still get that beach bod:

  1. Veggies… Mexican dishes are filled ‘em. There’s tomatoes, onions, beans, peppers, lettuce, avocadoes, mushrooms and then there are all those great steamed varieties. These delicious options are an easy way to get in those 2 servings of veggies the doctor ordered!
  2. There are tons of easy swaps that can up the nutrient level in your favorite dish. Switch that beef for chicken or fish, go light on the cheese, or eat more refried beans.
  3. We love that green superfood. Avocadoes are one of our favorite ingredients and a great heart healthy fat. Try a few sliced on the Ensalada Fresca.
  4. Burritos… you know you love them just as much as we do. After all, how can you not love a meal that lets you eat the wrapper too. Try your next “walking taco” with grilled chicken to up your healthy game.
  5. But let’s be honest… you know you there are times when you just need to “treat yo self”. That’s why we offer goodness like the guac and queso! We are here for you when you need to look good and when you are rocking those sweats!

Being healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Eating at Amigos can satisfy that craving and help you look good in that bathing suit! Or better yet, look good and pick up some Amigos for a little poolside dining!

mexican restaurant ChattanoogaThis is not a drill, we repeat this is not a drill. Cinco de Mayo is just weeks away and it’s time for you to prepare. Dust off those sombreros and start those glass lifts so you will be ready to party. After all, the last thing you need is to get worn out trying to lift that cold mug to your lips, amateur. You trained during St. Patrick’s Day and with a little more practice you should be ready for the main event. As seasoned Cinco de Mayo veterans, take our advice and you are sure to have the best fiesta ever!

You wouldn’t head to the plate and expect to hit it out of the park without a little warm-up first, would you? You are no Pete Rose, and you need practice. There are 2 approaches you can take here. You can start off strong with the air of responsibility and order a beer. Veteran move right there. You only vaguely remember that Cinco de Mayo from college when straight tequila seemed like the “perfect party starter”. Then there are the margaritas. Packing a sweet yet lethal punch, you are rocking your sombrero and here for a good time. Either way, our advice to you is go big or go home.

Tacos, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas… the list goes on and on. We all know Mexican food is absolutely delish and pairs so well with alcohol. So, take our advice and order some. You will find yourself asleep under the table rather than dancing on it if you don’t enjoy a little snack time. Ask any pro out there, the key to a good night is enjoying some good food while knocking down those margs and cervezas.

Don’t be too busy knocking them back or making regrettable decisions on Snap Chat to join in the fiesta! Save yourself the awkward “I’m sorry” in the morning and get up and be social. Grab your sombrero and shake your maracas to the music. A fiesta is meant for celebrating, not telling your ex how much you miss them!

We highly encourage eating, drinking and fiesta-ing, but it’s only ok to party like it’s your 21st birthday if you have a responsible, sober driver. Enlist your teenage son or daughter, call a pledge, order an Uber, dial a taxi… whatever ride you choose is fine, just don’t drive. We all know that it’s 1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila, floor anyway.

Get your party pants ready, amigos! It’s time to party like it’s Cinco de Mayo… because it is!!

Johnson City mexican restaurantWith Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, this is the perfect excuse or rather, opportunity, to start training for the main event, Cinco de Mayo. Some may argue that St. Patrick’s Day is the superior holiday, but they are wrong. St. Patrick’s Day does have a few things going for it, mainly that it falls on Tuesday, so it is pretty much guaranteed to add a little spice to your weeknight. Other than that, it just doesn't stack up when compared to the holy grail of drinking holidays and here’s why.

It's the Food!
Reubens, Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage will all be making an appearance, but really, who eats that? Party amateurs will, while downing their smelly sauerkraut and cabbage, telling you "OMG, this is so amazing.' Don’t you want to ask them if it's “so amazing” then, why do they only feast on it once a year? Chips & salsa, queso, nachos, quesadillas, jalapeno poppers, the list goes on and on. It’s really so tasty that you crave it at least once a week. We may be a little bias, but we’ll take queso over cabbage any day.

And the Drinks!
We love green beer just as much as the next person. Don’t get us wrong, there is something about those drops of food coloring that leave us feeling festive. However, no one tells you that you are going to look like you dined on a smurf by the end of the night. Then there are Irish Car Bombs. Yeah, they seemed like a good idea about 5 St. Patty’s ago… not so much now. After all, anything that curdles in a glass can’t be that refreshing. That’s why we’ll be sticking to the traditional favorites- beer and tequila, maybe with a little lime. No green tinted evidence, no super heavy dark beers and most importantly, no curdling.

And the Festive Head Gear!
If you're like us, then you are always interested in themed outfits to coordinate your drinking excursions. The 4th of July = American flag attire, Christmas = tacky sweaters, Cinco de Mayo = sombreros. In comparison, a green shirt just seems a little pedestrian. Besides, green is just not a flattering color on everyone. Then there is pinching. Any day that promotes pinching by strangers is a little creepy and sometimes painful.

Whether you’re Mexican, Irish or just looking to have a good time, we are all about using St. Patty’s Day to as a warm up for the main event... for your party hats... Cinco de Mayo!

mexican restaurant Elizabethton There are more benefits to tequila than those fantastic dance moves. According to some super scientific research, tequila is good for you. We didn't need someone in a white coat to tell us. It boosts your mood, cures your aliments, helps to get the party started and leaves you feeling on top of the world.

Be prepared to be amazed… the benefits of tequila are numerous:

Lowers Blood Sugar
The agavina, a natural sugar found in the agave plant, prompts insulin production and helps to lower blood sugar.

Cuts the Calories
Whiskey and vodka both call for chasers, tequila is the shot of champions though. Forget the coke or cranberry juice, all you need is a lime and a little salt. No need to waste those calories on a chaser!

Numbs the Pain
Whether its pain of the physical or emotional variety, tequila always has your back. Medically speaking, tequila minimizes pain levels by dilating blood vessels and increases blood flow. Emotionally, it can make you forget your name, let alone your problems.

Party’s Here
Nothing says I’m ready to party like showing up with a bottle of tequila. Wear that crown while you raise that shot glass and bust out a toast, those trendy Fireball drinkers will be coveting your unique and awesome persona.

Fights Cholesterol
Long story short, agavins in tequila help to lower triglycerides and cholesterol. Drink tequila, lower your cholesterol… sounds like a win- win situation.

Makes You Skinny
We aren't counting all the calories in the chips and salsa that usually accompany the shots, but tequila it’s self contains components that aid in weight loss. Research conducted by the American Chemical Society suggested that tequila helped overweight mice lose significant weight. Cheers to that!

Cures Whatever Ails
You Ask any Mexican, tequila will cure all you ailments. Got a cold? Take a shot. Relationship drama? Take a shot. You name it and tequila is guaranteed to cure it… if not it will certainly numb the pain.

Banish the Bloat
There is nothing worse than the bloated feeling you have after a night of drinking, except maybe the hangover. The good news is that tequila works to regulate fat absorption in your intestines and doesn't leave you feeling like a bloated mess.

Helps You Sleep
Next time counting sheep aren't doing the trick, sip a little tequila. It will help you to relax and fall asleep faster and doesn’t come with all the crazy side effects that Ambien does.

No Diabetic Drama
Vodka is a diabetic’s worst nightmare. Tequila, however, contains significantly less sugar than most other liquors, making it a tasty treat for everyone, including diabetics.

Hello My Name is The Boss
Forget dainty wines or girly cocktails, ordering tequila tells the world that you came to party and you mean business.

Basically, tequila is the answer to all the world’s problems. It makes you look and feel like a rock star, is actually not that bad for you, and can act as your therapist. Help make the world a better place and drink more tequila! Cheers, amigos!!

Oh yeah, you should always drink your tequila responsibly. That means no drinking and driving, calling ex's at 3am or any other outlandish behavior. By the way, we aren't doctors and you shouldn't listen to us for medical advice, however if you want to talk Mexican food, we are certified experts!

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