Why the Rancho de Chimayo is the Best Local Restaurant

Chimayo, though a small countryside town, is filled with incredible history and authentic New Mexican culture. However, these are not the only reasons visitors from all over flock to our quaint village. For over 50 years, the Rancho de Chimayo has been serving delicious New Mexican cuisine rooted in ancestral family influences. The restaurant is award-winning and has even been credited with playing an integral role in bringing authentic New Mexican foods into the international spotlight. For a delicious meal just minutes from our bed and breakfast, you’ll hardly do better than this renowned gem of a restaurant.

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History of Rancho de Chimayo

In the early 1960’s, a Connecticut native by the name of Florence Poulin made her way to New Mexico. Shortly after, she married Arturo Jaramillo, a descendant of one of the first Chimayo colonists. They dreamed of restoring one of his family’s ancestral homes and opening a restaurant. Thus, in 1965, the Rancho de Chimayo was born! Using tried and true family recipes, the restaurant quickly became legendary for his original and delicious menu selections. Florence,  now commonly known as Mrs. J., received numerous awards for her commitment to great food and warm hospitality, including 1987’s Restaurateur of the Year. More recently, Rancho de Chimayo was honored with the 2016 James Beard Award in the “America’s Classics” category!

3 Rancho de Chimayo Menu Selections You Must Try

New Mexican cuisine differs from typical Mexican dishes in the fact that it’s permeated by regional cultivation and recipes passed down for generations. Mrs. J. and her husband have taken these traditions and turned them into an irresistible menu brimming with signature dishes. If you’re planning on dining at Rancho de Chimayo, here are just some of their most popular menu items that we’re sure you’ll love!

  • Sopaipilla Relleno: This original dish can’t be found anywhere else! You’ll enjoy a sopaipilla stuffed with shredded beef or chicken, beans, Spanish rice, and your choice of red or green chile.
  • Platon Especial: A deluxe combination of cheese enchiladas, a pork tamale, shredded beef tacos, and chile relleno.
  • Plato Vegetariano: This vegetarian dish includes a refried bean burrito, cheese enchilada, and a zucchini and green chile tamale.

Don’t forget to leave room for their tasty desserts and signature cocktails!

Rancho de Chimayo Recipes

Want to take the flavorful menu home with you? Now you can! The Rancho de Chimayo cookbook was created as a part of the restaurant’s 50th-anniversary celebration. Every recipe is revised, updated, and includes charming archival images in stunning full-color. This book makes an incredible gift for your friends, family, and even yourself!

Indulge in the Flavors and Culture of Chimayo During Your Stay at Casa Escondida

Our charming bed and breakfast is located in the charming countryside setting of Chimayo. We are also conveniently located to historic Santa Fe, picturesque Taos, and the Bandelier National Park. Unlike typical and expensive hotel rooms, we provide our guests an authentic New Mexican experience with lovely guestrooms adorned with local antiques. Guests will also enjoy a traditional New Mexican breakfast each morning and access to experience-enhancing packages they won’t find anywhere else. Book your next relaxing getaway to Casa Escondida today! Don’t forget to download our free Chimayo Vacation Guide to help you plan the best getaway yet!

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