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Hot Tamales

Mexican, Pub
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1520 Rio Rancho Dr SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124
(505) 962-0123
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Lunch gathering

The food was good...one of the best mexican restaurant...service was good too...i would say if you are craving for mecucan food then the destination ends here

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Raj R
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I use to reside in Albuquerque, NM; moved to Pheonix, AZ in 97', been here ever since. But, when i go "home to NM" i always find my way back to a table at Hot Tamales Rio Rancho, NM. My favoirite dining anytime. Great Greeen Chile Chicken Enciladas; the Best Eva'! I'm just wondering if i ordered, if they'd ship... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The food was good...one of the best mexican restaurant...service was good too...i would say if you are craving for mecucan food then the destination ends here

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My wife and I went there for lunch- The atmosphere was very friendly, the staff was very helpful and food was very very FRESH-

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The food is wonderful. The chili is not too hot but it's not mild either. The service is great. My husband took his sister and she likes it so much she comes from Albuquerque Taylor Ranch just for dinner.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Hot Tamales has become a well established eatery. With a very nice selection and friendly staff they will meet or exceed your expectations, Easy access for those traveling through the area via the Pat De Arco Highway part of route 66.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

When my wife has been out-of-town for a week or more, this is usually where we go for breakfast Sunday morning. They have a wide variety of choices for New Mexican (not Mexican) food along with some choices for us gringos. Their red and green chili is excellent although I recommend starting with a little bit to see if it's... More 

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Albuquerque, NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I'd tell you about the other items on the menu, but I ALWAYS get the Navajo Tacos. Crisp, not greasy fried taco on the bottom, spiced ground beef with lettuce, tomato and your choice of red or green on top. I can never finish it and it warms up nicely in the oven a day or so later.

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Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

On our recent visit to New Mexico our friends took us here. It is their favorite restaurant and I understand why, the food is great. The chips and salsa were fresh. I had Pasole with tamale. It was a great combination that came with red salsa on the side which I added sparingly. The prices were reasonable and the service... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

First let me say the Green Chili Stew was excellent, but other then that, I would classify the rest of the meal as Taco Bell style food, and a lot more expensive. Chips $ sausa tasted like they were straight off a Walmart shelve. Everything tasted premade and defrosted.

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Seal Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The food is not bad, but nothing special, especially for New Mexico. My friend and I got completely different combos, but after it came smothered in sauce, I don't think we could have told the difference in the tow dishes. Sort of bland and not too authentic. There are more authentic and tastier Mexican food restaurants in the Albuquerque area.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1520 Rio Rancho Dr SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Rio Rancho
  • Phone Number: (505) 962-0123

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?