• About El Pinto

    Twin brothers Jim and John Thomas purchased the El Pinto restaurant from their parents in 1994 and continue to use the same family recipes created by their grandmother, Josephina Chavez-Griggs. To build on the success of the restaurant and to meet the strong demand for their sauces, Jim and John were motivated to produce them for retail distribution.

    They started the El Pinto Foods' salsa division in 2000, so people throughout the country could enjoy El Pinto Salsa and Green Chile Sauce at home. The brothers' first production site consisted of a 35 gallon kettle and a pump in the kitchen. Today, El Pinto uses 120 tons of chiles a year, makes 4,000 cases a day and have the capacity to make 3-4 million jars a year in their 8,000 square foot salsa production facility which is attached to the El Pinto restaurant.

    El Pinto Foods


    Spice up your meal with any of our twelve conventional products or six organic products. Try one of our recipes using our award winning salsas and sauces to add excitement to your weeknight meals. Enjoy El Pinto, the flavor of New Mexico.

    El Pinto Restaurant


    Dine with us on our twelve acre property in Albuquerque's north valley. Have a drink and sit by the waterfall in our cantina, enjoy a delicious meal on one our five patios, and enjoy the scenery with friends and family.

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    Voted Best New Mexican Restaurant in Albuquerque

    The Tradition Lives At El Pinto Restaurant

    El Pinto Restaurant was voted Best New Mexican Restaurant in Albuquerque New Mexico according to the "Best of City" annual survey conducted by Albuquerque the Magazine (ATM).  Come see why we're the local favorite for authentic New Mexican Cuisine!

    The people of Albuquerque have spoken! El Pinto Restaurant offers the best New Mexican food in Albuquerque. El Pinto uses the recipes of the owners' grandmother Josephina Chavez-Griggs. Their family was the first to differentiate their cuisine as "New Mexican". We feature a wide selection of New Mexican food choices on our menus that include flavors that come from our beloved green chile sauces and salsas. Come taste our authentic New Mexican dishes, salsas and drinks.  We can't wait for you to join us!

    El Pinto Restaurant Reservations

    (505) 898-1771

    Hours of Operation 

    Monday - Thursday
    11am - 9pm

    Friday - Saturday
    11am - 10pm

    10:30am - 9pm

    Sunday Brunch
    10:30am - 2pm


    10500 4th Street NW
    Albuquerque, NM 87114

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    El Pinto would love to hear from our you! To assist you in receiving the fastest response and customer service possible, contact the appropriate department directly:

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      El Pinto (North Valley)
    • 10500 4th Street
      Albuquerque, NM 87114

    • Hours of Operation
    • Monday - Thursday
      11am - 9pm
    • Friday - Saturday
      11am - 10pm
    • Sunday
      10:30am - 9pm
    • Sunday Brunch
      10:30am - 2pm

    Write To Us

    • El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa
      10500 4th Street NW
      Albuquerque, NM 87114

    Call Us

    Phone (505) 898-1771
    Fax (505) 898-0498
    El Pinto Telephone Directory
    132 To order salsa
    115 To purchase gift cards for the restaurant and to call in takeout orders
    125 Payroll and accounting questions
    117 Reservations and Catering
    123 El Pinto Salsa questions

    Customer Service

    • Returns & Exchanges
      If you have any questions regarding our return and exchange policies, please refer to our Returns Section of our website or call 505-898-1771 ext.123

      Product Information
      If you have any questions regarding our products or services regarding our packaged sauces and salsas, you may direct those inquiries to:
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    green chileWelcome to all things Green Chile.  We dedicate this section of our website to all things Green Chile or Verde Chile depending on your preference.

    Jim and John, owners of the fabulous El Pinto Restaurant and Salsa Company, believe in the importance eating fresh and healthy foods daily. Here we share with you some of the facts about the glorious Green Chile and open our doors to hearing about your best green chile recipes and tips on how you enjoy this amazing pepper. 



    • How to buy green chiles
    • Which green chile flavor is right for you?
    • Think all green chiles are hot? Think again!


    • About our salsas and sauces


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