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Hot Tamales

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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1520 Rio Rancho Dr SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124-1010
+1 505-962-0123
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Generous portions with complimentary chips and salsa. Varied menu, can order small portions or full plates, never get tired of selections. My goto place for lunch. You can carry on a conversation, never too loud.

Thank Ann L O
Nairobi, Kenya
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My brother found this restaurant by accident recently, and good luck that he did. The food is fantastic: the green chile stew, the chile relleno, you name it. Even the rice is good! The servers are helpful and the service is prompt. The atmosphere is nice too, no pink plastic or fancy bits. If you are craving good New Mexican... More 

Thank HelloWorld58
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Hot Tomales is a wonderful place to sit, relax and dive inro some authentic Home down Mexican Cuisine. My favorite food to eat here is their home made Green Chili Stew. It is especially fulfilling for the cooler weather starting to set In. The place is popular for family dining as well as a facorite for the local workers on... More 

Thank jean e
Fruita, Colorado
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218 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

I used to live in southern NM and have missed the food terribly. I did research online and saw great reviews for this restaurant and wasn't disappointed. No more than sat down than chips and salsa was on the table (no extra charge like some places). The salsa was fantastic. My order was taken right away and before I knew... More 

Thank SusieLou
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

One of my favorite New Mexican restaurants. Very reasonable prices with daily specials and 10% senior discount (if requested). The salsa is mild and smooth.

Thank Goliath216
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had lunch here today and loved it. We had the combination plate as well as a stuffed sopapilla with carne adovada. Everything from the wonderful friendly service, to the great food and prices was fantastic! Will definitely return to this gem of a restaurant!!

Thank Katherine B
Portland, Oregon
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124 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

This is an excellent venue with authentic New Mexican styled food. The green chili stew, stuffed sopaipillas, and tamales were excellent - even better with fresh green chilis so special to this region. Highly recommended for couples, families or large groups.

Thank Tony B
Show Low, Arizona
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138 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

Very busy but large seating area, there green chile enchilada casserole is as good as anywhere, tamales have great meat stuffing and a thin masa layer..truly a good tamale, service excellent, only downer is packaged chips not authentic, but who cares a good meal and reasonably priced

Thank Tomtomaz2
Las Vegas, Nevada
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

Eat here every time I am in town and never disappointed. My parents love this place, and rightfully so. Super fresh and tasty New Mexican food. Great sized portions for the price and super friendly staff, great service. Just wish they has beer and or margaritas.

Thank Cari B
Park City, Utah
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

Was here just previous to the Balloon Fiesta. Close to our hotel and we were not disappointed. I had the house specialty the Grew Chile Chicken casserole and my wife had the Green Chili chicken stew. My tastebuds are still screaming ..... for more and my wife said it was one of the best stews she had in a long... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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: +1 505-962-0123

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