Behold the Sopapilla!New Mexican food is the best food in the world.
There, we said it! The recipes served in our homes and restaurants are passed down through generations, and while New Mexican cuisine is always evolving, you can rely on staples like tortillas, red and green chile, and beans and rice to keep these dishes timeless. The sopapilla, while not a staple at every restaurant, is a local treat that should not be missed. New Mexican food is generally made from simple and affordable ingredients. It’s love and care that creates an undeniably addictive, delicious, and filling meal.
Whether you’re enjoying a plate of blue corn enchiladas, a giant smothered burrito, fish tacos or delicious deep fried rellenos, the sopapilla is the perfect complement to any New Mexican dish. The sopapilla is a deep fried soft and puffy quick bread that can be enjoyed as both a savory and sweet side. Dip it in green chile or drizzle it with honey and let you taste buds do the rest.
Taos has a wide variety of local and family-owned New Mexican food restaurants. Whether you are visiting Taos for a day or a month, there are enough local restaurants to keep you full and happy during your visit to Taos. Thank you to the Ranchos Plaza Grill for welcoming us in to their kitchen and sharing the story behind your delicious sopapillas!
View our list of wonderful restaurants serving traditional and modern New Mexican food below. For a list of restaurants that serve the sopapilla standard with your meal, view the list on the right side of the page.
Sopapillas served in Taos
These Taos restaurants serve sopapillas with your meal:
This family owned and operated restaurant & lounge has been serving the community for thirty years. Serving both traditional American and New Mexican fare, El Taoseño has one of the largest menus in town.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!