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!

SPICY APPETIZERS

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?

ENCHILADAS SUIZAS

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.

POLLO PICOSO

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.

STEAK STRIPS WITH A KICK

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!

LUNCH SPECIAL #7

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.

best chattanooga dessertsForget 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.

Queso Dip
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.

Tacos
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.

Churros
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!

Margarita
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!

Chattanooga Mexican restaurant guacamole

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.

  • Amigo Nachos: These aren’t your average nachos. First, we pile flour tortilla chips, then generously cover them with our famous white cheese sauce and your choice of meat. Finally, we top this stack with sautéed bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, sour cream and the best part – guacamole. It’s okay to be on the naughty list this year if it involves indulging in these guac nachos.
  • Vaca Flaca Grilled Quesadilla: Have a holly jolly, vaca flaca quesadilla (say that 10x fast!) This grilled, cheesy, wheat tortilla quesadilla is filled with your favorite trio of shrimp, chicken and steak. It is then served with fresh lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo, and our creamy guac.
  • Veggie Fajitas: All we want for Christmas are these veggie fajitas. Carefully sautéed zucchini, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and mushrooms fill three flavorful flour tortillas. Accompanying sides include rice, refried beans and salad with lettuce, guacamole, sour cream and tomatoes.
  • Burrito Bueno: We take one large wheat tortilla burrito and stuff it full with your choice of meat, sautéed onions and mushrooms, then cover it with our decadent white cheese sauce, burrito sauce, lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole. For those of you that made it on Santa’s nice list, this Burrito Bueno is for you!
  • Yolandas: Deck the enchiladas! This satisfying plate features three enchiladas with shredded chicken, sautéed with bell peppers, tomatoes and onions. Finally, we plate it up with rice and guacamole salad, topped with supreme sauce.
  • Guakimaki Burger: Do you hear what I hear??! Yes, that is the glorius sound of our sizzling 8 oz. Angus cheeseburger topped with our signature Abuela’s Guacamole that’s made fresh when you order. Served with a side of fries. How merry!
  • Steak Ranchero: O Come, All Ye Hungry… enjoy a center-cut, aged, 10 oz. ribeye steak, topped with ranchero sauce. Don’t forget, this dish is served with rice, refried beans, three flour tortillas and a guacamole salad.

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.

  1. It is thought that this observed holiday was inherited by the Aztecs in ancient Mesoamerica.
  2. The holiday is on November 1st for deceased children and November 2nd for deceased adults.
  3. While the holiday is only two days, the festivities begin on October 31st.
  4. Viewed as a day of remembrance and celebration of life, not death.
  5. The streets of Mexico and Central America are filled with music, dancing, parades, and visits to graveyards with food and gift offerings.
  6. Monarch butterflies play a role in Día de los Muertos because they are believed to hold the spirits of the departed.
  7. Calaveritas de azucar means sugar skull in Spanish.
  8. Brightly painted sugar skulls and various toys are left on the altars for children who have passed.
  9. Petals of marigolds are used to make a vibrantly colored, scented path from the cemetery to their families’ homes.
  10. It is believed that candles and marigold petals can lead spirits home.

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!)

national guacamole day

¡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.

  1. Chocolate. Not sure about you, but we’re almost positive that anything with a decadent, chocolate drizzle is sure to be a game changer – despite lack of room for dessert.

    Chattanooga desserts
  2. Sugar. Who doesn’t love a little sweet every now and then? Our sugary churros are crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, accompanied with the perfect blend of savory sweetness.

  3. Cinnamon. Cinnamon is the star of the show and a churro’s best friend. Rightfully so, these piping hot, traditional Mexican Churros are fried to perfection and flawlessly spiced. Talk about a trifecta of flavor!

  4. BONUS: As if these 3 reasons weren’t enough, we paired our Churros with 3 scoops of rich, creamy, vanilla ice cream – making this dessert the numero uno sweetness in your life.

For more delicious Mexican desserts, try one of these at your local Amigo Mexican Restaurant.

Xango

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.

Chattanooga Happy Hour Margarita

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!

chips and salsa

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! 

Margarona Amigo

The hours in the day are never long enough for the stress-inducing demand of traffic jams, meetings, or toddler tantrums. And at some point, it might seem like there’s nothing you can do about your elevated levels of stress. But, after taking a deep breath, you might begin to realize that you have more control than you previously thought. In fact, managing stress is all about taking initiative: of your lifestyle, thoughts, and the way you confront challenges. No matter how stressful your life may seem, there are simple steps to relieve the pressure and easily manage stress.

Here are three steps for stress relief, as follows:

1. Come to Amigo’s
2. Come to Amigo’s
3. Come to Amigo’s

Take a few minutes to unwind, come to Amigo's, and solve this Amigo Mexican Restaurant themed crossword puzzle (with a margarita in-hand, of course) to reduce your stress today!

 
 

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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 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 
  • Peoples Street

    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