the el rincon STORY
Sedona's Best Mexican Restaurant
Serving Arizona Style Mexican Cuisine
El Rincon is so special and unique. We bring you a blend of traditional Mexican food and native Navajo food available no where else in the world. Serving the freshest, finest Mexican food possible for over 44 years.
El Rincon opened in April 1976 as the premier restaurant in Tlaquepaque Village, Sedona, AZ. El Rincon has consistently served a unique "Arizona Style" traditional Mexican food and is always ranked among Sedona's Best. Founded by Demetrio and his mom, Gloria, El Rincon is a family business representing 2 generations, and is currently managed by Demetrio.
Demetrio is seen here with his wife at the 40 year anniversary of El Rincon!
As a young man, Demetrio and Senor Santillan made silver jewelry together in Jerome, AZ. "I credit Senor Santillan for the unique 'Arizona Style.'" His mother was 'Dene' (Navajo) and his father Castellan /Spanish Mexican", said Demetrio. It starts with serving Sopapilla full size, like Indian Fry Bread. Then using the same full size Sopapilla as the crust for a pizza, they created the Navajo Pizza. On the reservation they're called Navajo Tacos. Taking the same Sopapilla masa and rolling it around beef, chicken, shrimp, green chili or some combination, the unique El Rincon "Arizona Style" Chimichanga was born. No other Mexican restaurant uses real hand rolled masa to make their Chimichangas.