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!
So, what do margaritas and tortilla chips have in common? Aside from being a delicious gift from the Heavens…. Yep, you guessed it – SALT! Not only that, but they also share the same National Food & Drink Week – this week! (All the more reason to eat at Amigo’s, right??!) In homage of this Mexican, flavor-filled week, here are 5 reasons to come to Amigo Mexican Restaurant looking for your lost shaker of salt.
1. Two for One Margs. To share or not to share? You decide. Get two margaritas for the price of one during happy hour, everyday. Flavored, traditional, frozen, or on the rocks, you can’t go beat an Amigo’s margarita. Call your favorite location for specific times and prices.
2. All the Dips. Consider the tortilla chip your edible spoon for delicious, freshly prepared dips. We’re talkin’ guac, queso, bean, spinach, and Amigo dip! Heck, order all 5 and double dip, we’re not judging.
3. Salt = Healthy. Studies have shown that an adequate amount of sodium actually encourages a healthy weight and fast metabolism. With that said, bring on the bottomless chips! And can we get an amen for the extra salt rimmed margarita?! Amen.
4. On a Budget? No Problem. There’s no denying that everyone needs authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex in their life (cough... a couple of times a week, at minimum). We can also agree that there’s no need in spending a fortune to enjoy it either. Join us for a budget-friendly fiesta today!
5. Make it an Amigo Fiesta! Bring a friend and stop in for some gooey queso goodness, kickin’ margaritas, warm tortillas, fresh chips and salsa, and authentic Mexican food that can’t be beat.
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Nachos: You didn’t come to cut your food up and push it around your plate, you nacho lover you. You came to get messy and dig in. Forget the bib they gave you at the seafood restaurant, you sat down equipped with all you need… hands and napkins. Stressed, depressed, elated or just plain hangry, you know that those crunchy chips and delicious toppings leave you feeling oh so satisfied.
Burrito: Unlike the messy nacho fan with guacamole on his elbows and queso on his cheeks, you prefer a neater approach to dining. We can’t say we blame you, though. While there is something to be said for a stack of chips, cheese, meat, beans and toppings, it can’t compare to the gift wrap you can eat. You ice princess, burrito eater, you don’t wear your emotions or food on your sleeve. You prefer your ingredients neatly rolled away, just like your feelings.
Pollo Picoso: There’s no denying that you like it hot, hot, hot. Whether it’s the queso or the spicy salsa, the Pollo Picoso gets your blood pumping. You aren’t the one to walk away from a situation, you suit up and hit the field. You are the type that always chooses dare, accepts all challenges and thinks you are the toughest guy in the room. If you can finish the Pollo Picoso, you’ve won the Amigo championship.
Margaritas: Ms. “I’d rather drink my calories”, we feel you. Breakups and celebrations alike both pair well with ice cold tequila. You’ve had years of practice honing your wildcard status and recognize that the only thing better than a margarita is two margaritas. We enjoy your appreciation of tequila, questionable decision making and ability to rally like the champ you are. Now, go ahead and order the queso or the guac’… you know you want it and we won’t tell.
Dinner drinkers and Mexican food lovers can all unite over dinner at Amigo Mexican Restaurant. One warning, "we may be habit forming."
We’ve all had them and can all relate that “terrible, no good, very bad days” are the worst. Before you decide to research plane tickets to some faraway place, we’ve got 5 simple steps to turn your frown upside down and your day into a fiesta! Take notes, amigos!
Step 1: Queso and Guac
Forget emotions. We don’t know about you, but we’d prefer to be full queso and guac. There is absolutely no denying that queso is one of the greatest comfort foods known to man. It’s rich, creamy and oh so delicious. You have guac to be kidding us if you think a bad day can’t be cured without chips and guac or queso.
Step 2: Margaritas
Nothing can wash away work woes or relationship drama faster than the cold, salt rimmed rim of margarita. Frozen or on the rocks, flavored or traditional, take your pick! Any Amigo margarita you choose is sure to wash away your aliments. We’ve heard that alcohol doesn’t solve problems… but neither does milk… so…
Step 3: Burritos
Do you know what helps make a bad day better? Presents… and food. Combine the two and what do you get? A burrito! After all, tortillas are basically gift wrap you can eat. Meat, cheese, veggies, rice and all the saucy deliciousness neatly rolled into that soft, warm tortilla is just what the doctor ordered!
Step 4: Desserts
Stressed spelled backwards just happens to say desserts. Coincidence? We think not. If life’s problems have you squeezing that stress ball a little harder than usual, we’ve got the answer. Flan, churros and fried ice cream have all been proven to put you in a much sweeter mood.
Step 5: Tequila
When all else fails… go for the big guns. Tequila doesn’t ask questions. Tequila understands.
When the bad day blues have you dreaming of better days, head over to Amigo Mexican Restaurant! We’ve been known to make bad days better, but beware… We May Be Habit Forming!
The secret is out. You don’t have to lie about it anymore. We all know that queso is your one true love in life. It comforts you like a giant hug after a tough day, it puts a smile on your face and lets you know that everything is going to be okay in the world.
After all, what’s not to love?! It’s ooey, gooey, rich and creamy, cheesy deliciousness. We don’t know about you, but we’d basically bathe in it if that were a thing. Is that a thing?! There are countless reasons queso is the numero uno in your life. As some ancient poet once said, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”
Queso doesn’t judge you. It doesn’t care if you double dip. It doesn’t keep track of many times you’ve devoured the entire bowl all on your own. Queso doesn’t even care if you eat it with a tortilla chip. You can eat it with a spoon or skip the formalities and just drink it from the bowl. Queso loves you for who you are.
That cheesy goodness is the perfect mix of predictability and spontaneity. Whether its lunch, dinner or an afternoon snack, it never disappoints and always hits the spot. You know it’s always going to be mouth wateringly tasty… and even if you don’t want to admit it, there are never going to be leftovers.
It’s versatile and the perfect accompaniment to any season. It warms you to the core in the winter and pairs perfectly with your marg come summer. Queso makes an appealing appetizer, addition to your burrito or topping for your dessert. You can never go wrong when queso is involved.
We’re pretty sure queso translates into love. It’s always there, never judging or letting you down. It doesn’t care if you double dip or eat it in sweats without make-up. Going through a breakup or worse, a case of the hangrys? Queso always has your back and is there to help. Queso comforts and its love knows no bounds.
Come see us at one of our Elizabethton, Johnson City or Chattanooga Mexican restaurants to get your fix and cure your Mexican food and queso craving.
There is no denying that your mom is your hero and deserves to be treated like a queen at least once a year. This Mother’s Day, give the gift every mom wants… margaritas and Mexican food.
Here are just a few reasons that the #1 woman in your life deserves margaritas this Mother’s Day.
You are the Reason She Drinks.
There is no denying that through the years, you have caused your mother worry and given her a few grey hairs. While botox and hair color may help to elevate these issues, tequila is a far more economical choice, and much tastier if you’re asking our opinions.
She raised an amazing child.
We all know Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were you. She stuck by you through the terrible twos that lingered until age 18. She didn’t make fun of you during your awkward phases, and she continued to be your parent when the going got tough. All and all, she raised a pretty amazing child, right!? Reward her with the good stuff.
It’s a Tuesday
Let’s face it, being a mom is a full time job with limited vacation and sick days. Even though you may be a (cough, cough) adult these days, you still rely on that little lady. Think of all the times she was awake with you during the night when you were sick or convinced there were monsters under your bed.
She’s a jack of all trades.
While you may know her as mom or mommy or mama… chances are that she is wearing more hats than that. She spent years serving as your cook, housekeeper, launderer, taxi driver, nurse and so on. Our guess is that she did all of these things without a thank you. Here’s your chance to make it up to her.
Because she told you so.
“Why do I have to clean my room?” “…because I said so.” “Why can’t I go?” “ …because I said so.” Those have to be every mother’s famous words. Why do you take her out for margaritas? Because she said so that’s why! And if that isn’t reason enough, then you are not winning the child of the year award any time soon!
She gave birth to you.
She carried you for 9 months, endured the pains of labor and then spent many a sleepless night caring for you. The least you could do to thank her for all the sacrifices she made is to treat her to a margarita and Mexican food. Really though, she gave birth to you… so you should probably make that a pitcher!
There’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!
Whether it’s a cold, snowy winter day or the dog days of summer there’s no better time for a marg. While we’re a fan of the classics like Budweiser or a traditional margarita on the rocks, sometimes the occasion, or Thursday night, calls for a little something extra. We’re not talking about bringing out the shot glasses, we’re talking a drink out of the ordinary. When you need to add a little pep to your step try these tasty margarita concoctions!
Blackberry Lemonade Margaritas
1 ½ - 2 cups fresh blackberries, rinsed and drained
1- 2 tbs. sugar
¼ cup sugar
4 tsp. blackberry puree
4 oz. prepared lemonade
4 oz. silver tequila
Process blackberries in a blender until smooth. Use a colander to drain the puree. Add 1-2 tablespoons to the puree and stir. Add additional sugar if desired. Add zest of one lemon to the mix. Add all ingredients to shaker and shake vigorously. Rim glass in sugar and serve over ice.
4 tbsp. lime or key lime juice
2 oz. Hornitos Plata tequila
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. triple sec
1 bottle champagne or prosecco
Rim glasses with salt. Mix all ingredients together and pour into glasses. Top with Prosecco or champagne. Garnish with a lime.
Cherry Limeade Margarita
1 can frozen limeade concentrate
1 can water (using limeade concentrate can)
2 tbsp. grenadine
3 tbsp. tequila
Combine all ingredients into blender and fill with ice. Blend on high until smooth. Add additional ice if necessary. Top with maraschino cherries and lime slices.
Blood Orange Margarita
6 oz. blood orange juice
2 tbsp. lime juice
4 oz. silver tequila
2 oz. triple sec
Rim glasses with salt. Add all ingredients to shaker and mix well. Pour over ice.
Mexican 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.
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.
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.
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!
It’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.
Thanksgiving 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.
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!
Everyone 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.
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.
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.
Beer…. 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:
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
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”!
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
1 tbs. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
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!
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.
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.
It 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!