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

El Rincon Mexican Restautant Challenges the Cook-Off Competition

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 22:04 PM

Got Chile Verde? El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano is going for win #4 at the Great Sedona Chile Cook-Off! El Rincon is calling all friends to vote for El Rincon at the Chile Cook-Off this Sat, May 2, 11:00 to 3:00pm in Tlaquepaque, Sedona! El Rincon is entering three fantastic versions of Chile Verde. Beef Chile Verde is the Grand Champ with 3 wins! Chicken Chile Verde was an outstanding People's Choice last year, and we are bringing it back as our Judges Entry. Then, for the first time this year El Rincon presents our newest champion, Turkey Chile Verde! I can honestly tell you that any one of our three entries is a winner. However, if you want taste that just BEGS for more, then our Chicken Chile Verde is the new Grand Champion. Yes, El Rincon knows the competition is tough this year. But I, and Chefs Chaly and Luis are very confident in our Chile Verde! For 39 years, millions, yes, MILLIONS of our customers have helped us perfect the Best Green Chile in the World! In fact, we are so confident that we have thrown down the El Rincon Peoples Choice $500 Challenge to all competitors to "Beat us if you can!" No one knows who will win for sure, so join us for the WIN! Become part of history, when El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano wins the Great Sedona Chile Cook-Off again! Ole!


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Topics: Chili Cook-Off, Sedona Mexican Food, Tlaquepaque, Mexican food, Cinco de Mayo

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.

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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

Smokin' the Sedona Chili Cook-Off Three Years in a Row!

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Sun, Apr 28, 2013 @ 16:04 PM

Can El Rincon win the Rotary of Sedona Great Chili Cook-Off three years in a row? Yes we can! How do we know? Because El Rincon knows how to make genuine Southwestern Green Chili. The absolute best in Sedona, if not allArizona. We don't make chili with kidney beans like Mom used to make. No way Jose! Our winning Chili is made with specially roasted New Mexican green chilies andArizonagrown organic beef. Can't get any better! So now, its up to you, our El Rincon fans to taste and VOTE us #1 again. Please come join us at the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Sedona Chili Cook-Off, Saturday May 4th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Tlaquepaque, Sedona, AZ.

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Topics: Event, Chili Cook-Off, 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

Celebrate 4th of July with "Arizona Style" Mexican Food

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 @ 13:07 PM

El Rincon Restaurant Mexicano invites you to Tlaquepaque Village to celebrate the 4th of July with an ice cold Corona, Mexico's favorite bottled beer. Coronas will be on special at $2.00 all day Wednesday, July 4th. Settle into our cool patio or cooler dinning room for Sedona's best Mexican Food. We serve an "Arizona Style" Mexican food with roots in native Dene' (Navajo)/Hopi and Castilian Spanish cuisine. Since our opening in 1976, we promise to serve the finest, freshest, local Mexican food possible. We enjoy what we do, and we care about you, and our community. Today, we proudly fly our county's flag in honor of those who protect America, and America's Freedom. 

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Topics: Mexican food

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

El Rincon Chefs Chaly & Luis Bring Home The Chili! Twice!

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Mon, May 7, 2012 @ 17:05 PM

Congratulations! Chaly and Luis! Our husband and wife chef team, at El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano. For two years in a row they have bought home the grand prize trophy, Rotary's "Big Red Chili." Our Chili Verde is a traditional Mexican food recipe that Chaly and Luis have made all their own. They hand roast the different ingredients to give it the winning taste. Winning out over more than 15 different chili recipe's from 11 of Sedona's best restaurants is no easy task. Our winning Chili Verde is served everyday at El Rincon. Come in a taste for yourself. We are sure you will agree. Tell the staff Demetrio sent you!  Nos vemos más tarde!


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

Chili Cook-Off and Cinco de Mayo - Tomorrow!

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Fri, May 4, 2012 @ 17:05 PM

El Rincon wants to invite everyone to the Cinco de Mayo Celebration held Saturday, May 5th, in Tlaquepaque,  11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM.

At the same event is the 2012 Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off

We won 2011 and we are defiantly out to win again in 2012!

Our chili is from authentic Mexican recipes, full of southwest flavors with a deep, earthy delicious pause before the hotness.

We have 4 kinds this year:

  • Green Chili and Beef - Medium hot, but not too hot, for ordinary folk.
  • Green Chili and Beef - Steamy for the daring.
  • Green Chili and Pork - a traditional Mexican recipe, it's steamy.
  • The fourth is a surprise, you will just have to come and taste it. It's absolutely delicious and get this, it's served cold.

You can bet! We plan to win in 2012!

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