El Rincon Blog

40 Years! 3.5 Million Served! Thank You 3.5 Million times from El Rincon Restaurant!

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 @ 21:03 PM

     El Rincon Restaurant Mexicano in Tlaquepaque celebrates its 40th Anniversary in April, 2016! 40 years of serving you our timeless "Arizona Style Mexican Cuisine." 40 years of consistently serving over 3.5 million hungry customers a unique regional cuisine that originated from the "Wickedest town in the West," Jerome, Arizona. 40 years of keeping our timeless menu fresh and innovative, but true to its cultural origins. Origins that began 127 years ago when the United Verde Mine in Jerome brought riches and mayhem to the Verde Valley when cultures collided as Jerome burst to a population of 15,000 people practically overnight.  The Mine was a cultural melting pot as it brought workers from as far away as Mexico, China, and Europe, as well as, close by Yavapai, Navajo and Hopi Nations. However, the enduring roots of Arizona Style Mexican Cuisine mostly lie in the blending of the Mexican and Navajo cultures.

     Arizona Style starts with serving Sopapillas full size, like Indian Fry Bread. Then we use the full size Sopapilla as the crust for a pizza we call the Navajo Pizza. On the Navajo Reservation they're called Navajo Tacos. Using the same Sopapilla masa we roll it around Beef, Chicken, Shrimp, Green Chili, or ??? creating the unique El Rincon "Arizona Style" Chimichanga. No other Mexican restaurant uses real hand-rolled masa to make their Chimichangas. Our Navajo Pizza and Arizona Style Chimichangas are the reasons El Rincon is so special and unique. We bring you a true Regional Cuisine, a blend of traditional Mexican and native Navajo, not available anywhere else in the world. For 40 years it's been our pleasure to serve you the finest, freshest, homemade “Arizona Style Mexican Cuisine” that can be made.

     El Rincon will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary with an eight day Fiesta El Rincon!  The Fiesta takes place daily, Sunday, April 17th through Sunday, April 24th, 2016.  With music everyday in the courtyard from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. featuring the band ”Mariachi Azteca de Oro" and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the Gypsy Flamenco music of "Gaetano." The Fiesta includes food specials featuring Green Chile Navajo Pizzas and Filet Mignon Chimichangas. Drink specials include Mexican beers and our world famous Margarita Magnifica!

     El Rincon Restaurant Mexicano in Tlaquepaque is a Sedona tradition: Wiser with age and always fresh with innovation. Stop by to celebrate with us. Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. First come first served for lunch - reservations accepted for dinner starting at 5 p.m. Call 928-282-4648. Ole! 336 State Route 179, Tlaquepaque Village, Creekside Entrance.

Topics: Event, Navajo Pizza, Maragritas, Music, Sedona Mexican Food, El Rincon, Tlaquepaque, Mexican food, 40th Anniversary

Have you tried El Rincon's Navajo Pizza?

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 13:03 PM

Imagine... rolled round and lightly fried Sopapilla Masa into a thin puffy bread like crust, big like a large tortilla only better. Then its covered with El Rincon's refried pinto beans, then your choice of sauce, either our homemade Red Enchilada Sauce or El Rincon's award winning Green Chile with Beef. Now, really cover the pizza with a mix of Jack and Cheddar Cheese and oven bake it until the cheese is bubbly. Finally, sprinkle on top diced Tomatoes, Red Onions, Bell Peppers of all colors, and a traditional Black Olive in the center. Magnifico! El Rincon's famous Navajo Pizza! A true Native American/Mexican Pizza that will rival ANY other Italian or New York pizza you have ever tasted. An El Rincon promise! We say famous because for 39 years El Rincon has made the Navajo Pizza the same way. No changes! And for 39 years El Rincon's Navajo Pizza brings our customers back again and again. So if you haven't tried an El Rincon Navajo Pizza then you've been missing out for a long, long time. So stop missing out and come in soon! Ole!

El Rincon Navajo Pizza

Topics: Navajo Pizza, Mexican pizza, El Rincon

El Rincon Caters the 2015 Sedona International Film Festival!

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 @ 18:03 PM

El Rincon kicks off the film festival hosting the first VIP party of the event this Saturday night. With glitz and glimmer movie makers, actors, directors and producers and VIP SIFF Members will mingle in the courtyards of Tlaquepaque to enjoy "Arizona Style" Hospitality at El Rincon Restaurant Mexicano. Amazing appetizers from Carrot Cake Tacos to Spicy Edible Spoon Ceviche, Coconut Raisin Tamales to a Fresh Fruit Mexican Chocolate Fountain, all complements of Chefs Chaly & Luis. El Rincon has gone all out with the center piece "SIFF Movie Cake." To top the evening off Flamenco Guitarist Gaetano will play the Gypsy Flamenco Music in the Courtyard. All VIP SIFF Members welcome! I want to say thanks to Patrick Schweiss, SIFF President for inviting El Rincon, thanks to Beverly Hurff for making it so easy, and thanks to Wendy Lippman of Tlaquepaque as co-sponsor of this event. It's Movie Time!!! 

Jane & Demetri with Movie Cake

Topics: El Rincon, Tlaquepaque

Day of the Dead gives Halloween Meaning

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 @ 16:10 PM

We have all grown up here is the US celebrating Halloween. We dress up in fun costumes and go trick or treat. Other than that Halloween never meant much to me. I think somewhere in the commercialism and the folk lore the meaning got lost.

That's why I love the Day of the Dead celebrated in Tlaquepaque. It's totally about honoring the ones who have passed, offering good food and drink and dressing up like walking dead. Not zombies, but like skeleton faces. I also love the beautiful alters with all the flickering candles. A truly moving and beautiful sight to see. Now add Tlaquepaque, with all its alcoves and courtyards and you have the feel of a spiritual place that makes it easy to remember our loved one's past. You can "feel" the candle light and the ancient ones walking around you. In a way Day of the Dead is a celebration to help us remember the sacredness of life. In Mexico they call it Dia de los Muertos. I look forward to this day every year. It moves me and I am inspired by the celebration.

Come join us November 1st and 2nd, starting at 4:30 in Tlaquepaque. El Rincon will have two booths and a Patio Bar. One booth serving Colada Morada a DOD drink and Pan de la Muertos a DOD sweet bread. Another booth serving our delicious Beef Tacos and Vanilla Churros. Our Patio Bar will be serving our world famous Margarita Magnifica, Mexican Beers and Sangria. Find us along the Calle and around Tlaquepaque.

¡Allá nos  vemos!


DOD Skull and Fire3

Topics: Day of the Dead, Event, El Rincon, Tlaquepaque

Enjoy Live "Flamenco Music in the Courtyard" at El Rincon

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Thu, May 16, 2013 @ 20:05 PM

El Rincon celebrates "Flamenco Music in the Courtyard" featuring master guitarist, Gaetano and friends.  Flamenco music performances are inspired from Spain and Mexico. Gaetano will play the Spanish Guitar in the courtyard in front of El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano in Tlaquepaque. Enjoy tapas and your favorite beverage from El Rincon's Patio Bar.  Gaetano plays 5:30 to 7:30 pm, every Monday and Tuesday for the summer months, weather permitting. Season starts Monday-Tuesday, May 20 and 21, 2013.


Flamenco Guitarist "Gaetano" will be head lining and performing authentic Gypsy style Flamenco through soulful songs and fiery guitar. Gaetano, who was raised in Seville Spain brings a charismatic and traditional approach to the Flamenco genre. Gaetano will also be presenting special guest artists in flamenco music and dance. Flamenco music performances are free and presented to you by El Rincon Restaurant. "Music and food are two of life's pleasures, " says Demetrio, "please join us and allow us to serve you."

El Rincon serving Traditional Mexican with Navajo influences called “Arizona Style” is truly unique. Chimichangas are the house specialty – made different with Sopapilla Masa folded around Beef, Chicken, Shrimp or Green Chili & Beans, deep fried then served Enchilada Style with Spanish Rice and Beans, or a Guacamole Salad. Magnifico! With your first bite you will discover why El Rincon is so popular. You will also find all your other Mexican favorites including Tacos, Tostadas, Enchiladas, Fajitas, Tamales, Specialty Desserts, and much more.

Your surprise won’t stop with the tasty food, because El Rincon’s Margaritas are famous too. “It’s the homemade sweet & sour that makes them legendary,” says Demetrio Wagner, founder and owner, “just add your favorite tequila.” Regulars say, “They’re the best Margaritas they’ve ever had” added Demetrio. Popular flavors include prickly pear, strawberry, peach, jalapeño, and coconut.

El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano located in Tlaquepaque for 37 years is a Sedona tradition synonymous with quality and old world ambiance. Join our celebration and be part of the tradition. Open for lunch and dinner - Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 9 pm, Sunday and Monday 11 am to 8 pm. First come, first served for lunch - reservations accepted for dinner starting at 5 pm. 282-4648.  Ole!

Topics: Event, Maragritas, Music, El Rincon, Mexican food

At the Chili Cook-Off we heard, "Wow! that's good!" so many times...

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Sun, May 5, 2013 @ 21:05 PM

We gave it our best shot! El Rincon's Green Chili was really good, made just the same as past years, but the judges had a different standard. We didn't win the Judges Award or People's Choice in this years Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off. To us it seems some people can't get Mom's Chili from childhood off their minds or taste buds. But our standard for Southwestern "Arizona Style Green Chili" was a winner for all El Rincon fans, old and new. We want to thank our fans for their great words of encouragement and especially the "wow that's good" we heard from so many of you.

ER ChiliBooth2013

El Rincon Chefs Chaly and Luis worked hard for days in advance to bring three different chili's to the competition. Our winning El Rincon Chili Verde with Beef was the center of our entries in the contest. We also served our "Mango Black Bean Cold Green Chili," which was a great hit with vegetarians and people who think they don't like it hot. A new entry this year was our "Red Chili with Pork," made the old fashioned way with course ground pork and blended red chili pods. The Red Chili has a smooth, full bodied pork/chili flavor you don't ever get with chili powder. Then, of course, we served Mango Sorbet to cleanse the palette between tastings. We know this was one of our secrets to winning the last two years, but was copied by several competitors this year lessening our edge.

We take great pride in our part to help the "Imagination Library" for the Rotary Club of Sedona. The library gets a big boost from the record number of chili tasters who heard El Rincon was the restaurant to taste, because we won the last two years in a row. We are humble and know you can't win them all; however, in losing this year we learned valuable insight about winning next year. So, what can we say? "Congratulations to the winners," and look out! Because we'll be back! Muchas Gracias, Amigos

Topics: Chili Cook-Off, El Rincon, Mexican food, Cinco de Mayo

The Perfect Chili Relleno is at El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Sun, Aug 5, 2012 @ 21:08 PM

The Perfect Chili Relleno is at El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano. Fresh from the Green Chili fields, El Rincon picks only the best Anaheim Chili's to make the Perfect Chili Relleno. Five different amazing new chili rellenos are on the El Rincon menu. Each made with green chilies so fresh they have that full bodied, crunchy taste of just harvested. We guarantee you will notice the difference. We invite you to taste the Perfect Chili Relleno at El Rincon today! Five kinds to choose from:

Traditional Chili Relleno - Egg Battered Anaheim Green Chili stuffed with Queso Fresca, Onion & Bell Peppers, topped with El Rincon's award winning Green Chili Sauce  & Pico de Gallo. Tomatillo Sauce or Adobado Sauce available too. 

Shrimp Chili Relleno - Bread Crumb Battered Anaheim Green Chili stuffed with Shrimp, Queso Crema, Onion & Bell Peppers, topped with Adobado Sauce with Lemon & Pico de Gallo. 

Picadillo Chili Relleno - Egg Battered Mild Anaheim Green Chili stuffed with Carne Asada, Onion & Bell Peppers, topped with Tomatillo Sauce and Pico de Gallo. 

Blue Corn Chili Relleno - Egg Battered Mild Anaheim Green Chili stuffed with Queso Fresca, Onion & Bell Peppers rolled in Blue Corn Chips, and topped with El Rincon's award winning Green Chili Sauce and Pico de Gallo.

Mushroom Chili Relleno - Egg Battered Mild Anaheim Green Chili stuffed with Mushrooms, Queso Fresca, Onion & Bell Peppers, topped with Adobado Sauce with Avocado & Pico de Gallo.

       El Rincon Picadillo Chili Relleno     El Rincon Mushroom Relleno

Available every year only during the month of August, Green Chili harvest month. For a unique taste of the Southwest be sure to "think" - El Rincon Restaurant Mexicano!


Topics: Maragritas, El Rincon, Mexican food, Chili Rellenos

Hola! Fathers Day is Sunday!

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 @ 21:06 PM
This is Demetri of El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano in Tlaquepaque Village.  The home of Sedona's finest “Arizona Style Mexican” cuisine. Yes, its fathers day again. What to do? So here's a tip for the ladies who want to impress their guys. Treat them to lunch or dinner at El Rincon for great Mexican food and $2 Coronas or $5 Margaritas. Hand made Chimichangas with beef, chicken or shrimp smothered in our award winning green chili served piping hot! Warning, three drink limit.  Ladies, promise you will get your guy safe. Your the designated driver! OK?35th marg Open everyday for lunch and dinner. Dinner reservations are advised, so give us a call us at 282-4648. El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano. Simply Sedona's best Mexican since 1976. Muchas Gracias Amigos!

Topics: Maragritas, El Rincon, Mexican food, Father's Day