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Hot Tamales

Mexican, Pub
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1520 Rio Rancho Dr SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124
(505) 962-0123
Website
Today
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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner

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Visitor rating
  • 40
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    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
Tasty New Mexican

I love this local place. It's not fancy or large, but I love the simple touches to the basic square dining room. The lovely graduated color of the walls. The simple lighted nichos. But the food. Yum, the food. We mostly go for breakfast or lunch. They have, hands down, my favorite breakfast... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
Lisa G
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Seal Beach, California
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I love this local place. It's not fancy or large, but I love the simple touches to the basic square dining room. The lovely graduated color of the walls. The simple lighted nichos. But the food. Yum, the food. We mostly go for breakfast or lunch. They have, hands down, my favorite breakfast ever. The food is good, the green... More 

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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128 reviews 128 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Just off the major highway through Rio Rancho NM sits Hot Tomales serving Mexican food. The parking lot is well positioned and access makes it easy to come and go. If you are looking for a quick meal and are not picky about authenticity of your Mexican food then you will be happy. Having spent more then 45 years traveling... More 

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Pocatello, Idaho, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I've been to the fancy places, the chains, the Mom and Pops restaurants. This Mexican food restaurant has wonderful food. Everything, every time is great. The green chile sauce can just be eaten with chips. The Posole bowl with onions, a tamale and cilantro tops my nights. My favorite is their Tres Amigos: three burritos on one plate covered in... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This local New Mexican restaurant has excellent food and excellent wait staff. The food is very good and a great value. Sopapillas are very good. Green chile is SPICY! Order it on the side if you are not sure.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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116 reviews 116 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I visited Hot Tamale for the first time last weekend after driving by it many times the past few years, and thinking I needed to check it out. It always seems busy, and last weekend during a visit to Rio Rancho to connect with a friend, we spontaneously decided to go have dinner there. We were able to get seated... More 

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Hot Tamales a is relaxed, casual, and moderately priced Mexican Restaurant with good food. I would recommend it.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

My and I have tried almost every New Mexican restaurant in Rio Rancho. We have lived here since 1992. So far this is the best one. My husband and I love the food, service and the restaurant and bathrooms are always clean. I wish they were here when we moved here but that is our favorite now.

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Eagle, Idaho
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68 reviews 68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This is one of those restaurants that can be counted upon for good offerings. The atmosphere is open and not intimate but the serivce is great and the food tasty. Try their salsa and their rellanos are good and spicy. There are too many fried offerings but the they will give you fast and friendly service. Good parking and easy... More 

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Ft. Collins, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Was close to the hotel and did not have to wait for a table. Good food for Mexican and good service.

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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: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?