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Hot Tamales

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Mexican, Southwestern
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1520 Rio Rancho Dr SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124-1010
(505) 962-0123
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8:00 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
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food is good, and in large portions; the Indian Taco and Chile Relleno plates are excellent. Atmosphere is pleasant, definitely causual. Watch out for the chile sauce--it's HOT!

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Thank Lori F
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Definitely try the Hot Tamale Bowl it is so amazing we keep going back for it time after time after time.

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Thank Blueyedawn1968
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I knew the food was going to be good when I had to park across and down the street from the restaurant. The dining area is well lit, open with a high ceiling, and brightly colored. The food was delicious. My only complaint would be the chips. They tasted old and stale. Service was good, food was good otherwise.

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Thank Lisa C
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a decent meal for the price. I've only ever had the enchiladas and tacos. The green chile always has a nice bite. Service is friendly and quick. It closes kind of early though, which is typical for Rio Rancho.

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Thank ElaineBri
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a chicken buritto, which was the most tasteless TexMex experience I have very had in a long time.... frozen TV TexMex dinners are more tasty. And don't even ask about chips and salsa... with food this horrid, why would anyone pay for dry chips, bland salsa

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Thank buytobys
Corrales, New Mexico
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281 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This ain't weight watchers! Chicken Enchilada Casarole is to die for....lots of green chiles help it to be a favorite. All the Rio Rancho cops eat there, so it has to be good

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Thank Mickey6448
Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Usa
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You would think that a place that states their name on a specific food item (Tamales) would have a pretty darn good tamale wouldn't you? Well think again, they use pre-made frozen tamales they buy from a restaurant supply distributor. I know this because after ordering tamales and being way less then pleased with them I asked the waitress if... More 

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Thank William H
Ramsey, Minnesota, United States
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mexican/New Mexican food in a quick, table-service environment. We're from Minnesota, and I was ready for green chile. I ordered a a dish with both green chile and green chile stew, and man did it deliver! I would have to grade it better than an iconic NM diner in downtown ABQ. Service was over the top, and once we move... More 

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Thank Rod T
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been here a few times for breakfast. Each time I think I'm going to enjoy the breakfast and for some reason, something about it is just not right. Cannot pin point it.

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Thank 565gracep
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hot Tamales is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Their green chile stew is always meaty with just enough heat and never disappoints. Another fave is the green chile chicken enchilada casserole. Fabulous food, friendly waitstaff, very affordable, what's not to love.

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Thank Jul7ie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1520 Rio Rancho Dr SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124-1010
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Rio Rancho
  • Phone Number: (505) 962-0123

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