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

Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

Cinco De Mayo and the Battle of Puebla

Chattanooga Mexican restaurantDespite many myths, Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is not a celebration of Mexican Independence Day. Rather the holiday commemorates the Battle of Puebla. On May 5, 1862 the Mexican army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco- Mexican War.

The Battle of Puebla happened during a hostile time in Mexican History. 50 years prior Mexico declared their Independence from Spain and their economy was still in turmoil from both the Mexican American War and the Mexican Civil War. Since the country had many outstanding debts to other nations and France saw this as the perfect opportunity to collect their repayment and invade the country.

It was in Puebla that the much smaller and less equipped Mexican army was able to defeat the French and keep them from invading Mexico City. For Mexicans, this victory caused a surge in patriotism and pride. Ultimately, Cinco de Mayo became a regional holiday to remember the unlikely triumph.

Cinco de Mayo is not recognized as a national holiday in Mexico and is usually celebrated near the state of Puebla. In more recent years the holiday has become a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture in the United States. The holiday has become a much bigger celebration north of the boarder than south of it. Like Irish restaurants on St. Patrick’s Day, Mexican restaurants will be full of people looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a margarita and a taco!

Written by Tiffany Hutton

Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

Sweet and Spicy

Mexican restaurant ElizabethtonChili peppers are cultivated around the world and come in a wide variety of colors, flavors and spice. From tongue torching hot to sweet and crisp, peppers are nutrient rich vegetables. Varieties of these small, bright pods can really pack the heat. The spicy of the chili pepper is measured on the Scoville scale, with 0 SHU being flame free to 16,000,000 being pure capsaicin.

Check out our list of the hottest and most popular varieties:

Carolina Reaper
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Carolina Reaper is the hottest pepper in the world. Measuring in at 1,569,300 SHU this pepper is a cross breed of the Pakistani Naga and the Red Habanero. This South Carolina native was created exclusively for its spicy heat, yet has a sweet somewhat fruity flavor.

Ghost Peppers
This Indian transplants heat sneaks up on you after your first bite. It was not until 2000 that this pepper made its way to the U.S. market. The Ghost Pepper is twice as hot as the Habanero and is most commonly used in wing sauces. In 2007 it was named as the Guinness Book of World Records hottest chili pepper with 1,041,427 SHU.

Friday, 14 February 2014 00:00

Cheers to the Margarita!

Mexican restaurant Johnson CityThere are many great influences on recipes and drinks from Mexico. Tacos, guacamole, burritos and the most beloved of all… the margarita. Salt, no salt, frozen or on the rocks- no matter how you like them, that sweet and salty combination is sure to hit the spot.

Although it isn’t known exactly who invented the margarita, we are sure glad someone thought up this tasty concoction. Whether it was the restaurant owner in Tijuana or the Dallas socialite on vacation, we’ll toast to the invention! The cocktail was created to mimic the combination of flavors found in a tequila shot. The triple sec was added to tone down the bitter taste of tequila while the salt and lime complement each other.

The drink, marketed in the United States as “Margarita: it’s more than a girl’s name” , has been popular among women since its creation in the late 1930’s. The original cocktail was shaken and served over ice cubes. It wasn't until years later that bartenders begin mixing the drink with a blender. Now, there are many varations of the drink including flavors such as strawberry and pomegranate and more recently the rise of the Corona-Rita, that combines the cocktail with beer.

There is no question why the margarita has remained the most popular cocktail in the United States. Whether you take yours flavored or prefer the traditional, frozen or on the rocks, with or without salt sometimes you know you just have to say cheers and have a margarita!

Written by Tiffany Hutton

Monday, 13 January 2014 00:00

Welcome to Amigo's Blog!

TACO SALADAt Amigo's Mexican Restaurants, we celebrate the dishes and recipes we know best, but also love to have fun with cooking. That's why we make everything fresh and from scratch, and aren't afraid to put a little "Tex" in "Tex Mex." We serve up family dishes like Abuela's Guacamole and Traditional Tamales with savory pork and mole, but also more American-influenced fare like Mexipizza and the Guakimaki Burger. When you love making new friends over good food, you want to serve up something for everyone, from Tostadas to Texas Amigo Salad.

When you eat at Amigo's, know that it's a celebration of not only the dishes we love and love to cook, but also of the friends we've met. Throughout East Tennessee we never turn down an introduction or an opportunity to toast to a new buddy. We're proud to bring quality, well-prepared cuisine to cities throughout East Tennessee that are a culinary tour across the United States, Central America, and sometimes even further afield.

Go take a look at our menu—you'll see the broad geography from the Southwestern Tilapia to the Cali Burrito to the Steak Mexican Style to a home-grown Chicken Sandwich. Not only will you have taken a little tour reading the menu, you just might have worked up an appetite. So come on over to your local Amigo's, and taste this delicious array dishes for yourself!

Written by Tiffany Hutton

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  • East Ridge

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

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

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

    5450 Highway 153
    Hixson, Tennessee 37343
    (423) 875-8049
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    6701 Tennessee 58
    Harrison, TN 37341
    (423) 710-8970 
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  • Johnson City Crossings

    3211 Peoples St,Suite 70,
    Johnson City, TN 37604
    (423) 952-0551 
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  • 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 
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    125 E Jackson Blvd
    Jonesborough, TN 37659
    (423) 788-2804