sopapillas in taos


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:

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    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.
    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.
    Taos Diner
    Where the locals eat. Everything is homemade and very fresh including local grass-fed beef and organic vegetables. Gluten-free available. New Mexican red and green chili. Beer/wine.
    La Cocina de Taos
    Northern New Mexico food is our specialty. Try our homemade tamales or famous chile rellenos prepared using in-house roasted Hatch green chiles.
    Abe's Cantina
    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.
    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.
    El Taoseño
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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.
    Mante's Chow Cart
    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.
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