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Taos is New Mexico True
Plate of New Mexican food and pink cocktail

Northern New Mexican cuisine takes its inspiration from many places. The flavors of Mexico are front and center, of course, but often with a little something different—maybe a hint of Spanish influence, something of the essence of Pueblo culture, or a local ingredient that makes Northern New Mexico food very much its own creation.

Luckily for locals and visitors to Taos, the length and breadth of Northern New Mexican cuisine can be sampled throughout town. There’s red chile, green chile, Christmas, and caribe to put on your enchiladas, tamales, burritos, and cheese fries. There are sopaipillas and rellenos, nachos and tacos. For the secure of stomach and adventurous of heart, there’s menudo. For dessert, locals swear by their grandmother’s natillas, and around the holidays, battles erupt over who makes the best biscochitos.

If you plan your visit to Taos in late summer, the heady smell of roasting green chiles fills the air outside every food market. Every year, locals get requests from far-off friends and relatives to send them roasted green chiles or to bring chiles along in their suitcases when coming to visit. So make sure you pack a cooler and bring home a case. Your neighbors will love you for it, and you’ll be thanking yourself all winter long.

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New Mexican Food
Abe's Cantina y Cocina

Abe’s Cantina y Cocina, located in Arroyo Seco, is a local favorite on the road to Taos Ski Valley. Serving the Great Breakfast Burrito for over 30 years, pick one up for only $5.00! Also try the world’s greatest deep fried chicken taco.

Antonio's "The Taste of Mexico"

Traditional New Mexican/Authentic Mexican Cuisine.

Azteca Mexican Grill

Nachos, tacos & other classic Mexican comfort food in a laid-back venue with a terrace in Taos, NM.

Casa de Valdez

A favorite among Taoseños for authentic Northern New Mexican cuisine, char-grilled steaks and hickory pit-smoked BBQ! Enjoy delicious chile rellenos or stuffed sopapillas, blue corn enchiladas, fajitas, tamales, and more.

Guadalajara Grill

Extensive menu including American, Latin, and Mexican style creations, steak, chicken, and vegetarian. Specializing in succulent and fresh Mexican dishes. Two locations. Takeout available.


Great variety of original Mexican tacos, quesadillas, chiles rellenos jalapenos, fajitas and much more. Mexican and New Mexican flavored food with the best quality in service and food.

La Cueva Cafe

Fresh homemade Mexican and New Mexican cuisine from the Zarazusa family’s extensive recipe collection. Nothing is frozen; everything is fresh and cooked to order. Dairy-free and gluten-free food offerings are extensive.

Leonel's Fresh Tamales

Specializing in Mexican and New Mexican favorites like tamales and tortas. Try Nena’s Chicken, a signature dish. The kitchen is very accommodating and can modify dishes for vegans and gluten-free needs. Vegan green chile sauce is available!

Mante's Chow Cart - North Side

A local hot spot for breakfast burritos, Susie’s, C.C Burgers, and of course, the famous Trujillo. A family owned business since 1973 when Mante opened the first Chow Cart out of an old bread truck.

Mante's Chow Cart - South Side

Northern New Mexico food is our specialty. Try our homemade tamales or famous chile rellenos prepared using in-house roasted Hatch green chiles.

Mary Jane's Home Cooking

If you consider roadside stands to have the best food in town, then Mary Jane’s home-cooked specialties will be a hit with you. A great favorite of locals looking for a grab-and-go meal.

Michael's Kitchen

Popular friendly casual inexpensive diner serving fresh New Mexican and standard American fare for 40 years. Yes, there still is a Michael. The huge menu covers breakfast lunch and dinner, but Mike’s is known for breakfast served all day.


Voted best Mexican food in Taos County since 2005, Orlando’s has everything you could want: tacos, burritos, enchiladas, rellenos, and more. A family-run business, the recipes have been passed down from Grandma.

Ranchos Plaza Grill

Traditional New Mexican cuisine, featuring their famous sopapillas, served with the best red and green chile in town. The restaurant is popular, but the staff handles the crowds graciously and competently. Patio dining available.

Ricky's Restaurant

Ricky’s Restaurant serves Southwestern-style diner food. The price, atmosphere, and service are that of most diners: affordable, simple, and friendly. All chiles are wheat-free and gluten-free.

Rosa's Tacos

Reliably tasty New Mexican tacos, burritos, and more.

Sagebrush Grill & Cantina

Sagebrush offers a relaxed dining experience and charming Southwest style. Executive Chef Timothy Wooldridge infuses regional flavors by partnering with New Mexico farmers and purveyors to craft a menu of locally-inspired favorites.

Taos Chicharron Burritos

With a simple menu of Mexican and American fast food favorites such as burritos, hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch and breakfast burritos or huevos rancheros to start your day.

Toribios Restaurant North

Pastor Tacos, Tortas, Barbacoa, Tamales, Chiles rellenos, Enchiladas, Carnitas, our greats Burritos, beef Adoba... Enjoy with a Beer!