El Pinto Blog

Dry Aging Process Tomahawk Ribeye

Dry Aging is rarely performed anymore but is the best way to naturally tenderize beef as well as concentrate the natural flavor. It is completely different process and much expensive than common wet aging. At El Pinto Restaurant we dry age all of our Tomahawk Ribeye Steaks for over 30 days. In this video owner, John Thomas, takes you behind the scene to see where we dry age our beef before we hand trim them into Tomahawk Ribeye Steaks.

Co-Packing, Hot Fill Manufacturing, Private Label Manufacturing

El Pinto Foods LLC offers hot-fill private label production for co-packing clients from our automated manufacturing facility on the property of iconic El Pinto Restaurant in the North Valley of Albuquerque New Mexico.

Automated for efficiency for small to mid sized companies • There are bigger co-packers out there that can do a lower price point, but can they do the volume you need? If you have a product in production and are ready to go to the next level, but cannot satisfy the minimums, El Pinto is the niche high quality manufacture you need.

SQF Certified • The factory follows SQF 2 certification requirements helping to document product safety, chain of ownership, and allowing your product to be sold in the largest retailers in the nation.

Organic Certified • Our corporate culture believes in nutricious and healthy products that nourish the body. Although not everything we manufacture is organic, we do seek partnerships with companies with a similar belief, and provide high quality products to consumers.

Nimble • With engineers on staff, and the ability to customize our production line to your needs, we are one of the most nimble companies you will find.

Loyal • El Pinto was established in 1962 and has grown into a unique family company with a 1,000 seat iconic restaurant, 20,000 sq foot manufacturing facility, organic green house, and an Animal Welfare Approved laying hen program for eggs, all located on the same 14 acre property in Albuquerque, NM. As a family run business, we maintain loyalty to all of our customers.

Efficient • With automation to create 25,000 jars of hot fill production in one shift, we can efficiently produce product for partners from 100,000 to a few million units annually. We have a secondary line for cup/tub product and mechanized support for food service large capacity bagged products.

Storage on Site • Raw Goods and Finished Goods Warehouses are on site with shipping daily across the nation.

If you are interested in talking with El Pinto Foods about your private label or co-packing needs that exceed 100,000 units annually, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday Yoga SunKissedYoga

The Yoga Spot with SunKissedYogi June 3rd

The Yoga Spot Fan Page on Facebook has the most current schedule and information. Click for info.

El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerque is known for its iconic New Mexican cuisine and the best margaritas in the Southwest, but it is now a mecca for Yoga Sunday mornings in the restaurant's beautiful outdoor park area. Each Sunday join fellow yogis for a beautiful morning under the cottonwood trees in the park area at El Pinto Restaurant and Cantina.

 

Paige Rene is the founder of both Sunkissedyogi & The Cannabis Retreat company. Paige first discovered the emotional healing benefits of Cannabis & yoga after struggling with an eating disorder, anxiety, depression, prescription drug abuse & diagnoses of Gastroparesis. Searching for a better alternative to medications that she had been using to treat her symptoms & the surgery that was suggested to her, she instead decided to treat the issues that were causing them. Paige has been using Cannabis as a medicine since 2009 and received her 500hr ERYT & Life Coaching Certifications from SWIHA in Tempe, AZ. While building her inner strength through mindfulness & yoga, she noticed her body was getting stronger through the aid of Cannabis as well. Today Paige uses her platform to speak about overcoming her eating disorder, anxiety, prescription drug abuse and the stigma that still surrounds the cannabis culture.  

 

“The trees in the El Pinto park that cool the area were grown as saplings by my brother and I,” explains John Thomas. Birds now call the park home and it is a peaceful location on the side of El Pinto used for special occasions.

 

Reservations are not needed for the best yoga spot in town. Enter the main entry and you will be directed through the patio to the park. Please bring a yoga mat, but El Pinto has a few on hand that can be borrowed. Class begins at 10 a.m.

 

El Pinto Restaurant and Salsa Co. continues to expand in its 53rd year with an emphasis on serving nutritious, locally raised, and organic foods. El Pinto Restaurant has grown from a few tables in one room started by John and Jim Thomas' parents, to become the most famous restaurant in New Mexico with beautiful patios, natural wood burning fireplaces, and healthy New Mexican cuisine. El Pinto Salsa has recently expanded with the addition of the convenient single serving cup which reduces product waste and increases consumer satisfaction. The restaurant and salsa manufacturing facility are co-located on property in the North Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

About El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Co:

Established 53-years ago, El Pinto is a quintessential icon for New Mexican cuisine. Conveniently located in the North Valley of Albuquerque just off I-25, the serene patios located under beautiful cottonwood trees provide an iconic experience. El Pinto is known nationally for its fire-roasted green chile and fresh flavorful salsa distributed across the nation in local grocery stores. The salsa and green chile factory is located on the same grounds as the restaurant. For an authentic taste of New Mexico, visit El Pinto for its fresh iconic food, traditional margaritas, and award winning chile. www.elpinto.com


May 6th: LA based Eve in Motion. Eve Modens is a movement artist also known as Eve In Motion - professional athlete, model, performer and teacher. (www.eveinmotion.com)

May 13th: No Class. Mother's Day


May 20th: Venice CA based Julie Cielo (aka Ferm Fatale) “Live Clean Drink Dirty” www.juliecielo.com

May 27th: Albuquerque based Kendra Rickert. Kendra and her husband are now in the early stages of creating a new yoga studio for their students in Albuquerque: Nirguna Yoga!

June 3rd: SunKissedYogi (www.instagram.com/sunkissedyogi) Paige encourages her students to "pay attention on purpose" throughout her vinyasa flow classes with breathing techniques and flows inspired by teachers such as Shiva Rae and Tara Stiles

Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Albuquerque Film & Media Experience at El Pinto

ABQ Film & Media Experience
Dinner & A Movie at El Pinto

Thursday June 7th, 2018. Make Dinner Reservations for 5 p.m. Movies begin at 7 p.m.

Move Tickets available in advance at: https://holdmyticket.com/event/311463

Rooted in Love

Documentary Short, 6 minutes, USA, 2017, Directed by Jody McNicholas

A day-in-a-life of an organic farmer on a crusade to save our most precious resource...our children.  Rooted in LOVE is a short documentary film that highlights a day in the life of long-time Taos, New Mexico food activist, farmer, restaurant owner and educator Micah Roseberry (i.e. Farmer Micah). Set in the richly diverse town of Taos, New Mexico against the majestic Sangre Cristo Mountains, Rooted in LOVE leaves us truly inspired by Micah's non-stop commitment to the earth and her community.  

Raw & Wild

Television Pilot, 24 minutes, 54 seconds, USA, 2017, Directed by James Capria, Created by John & Jim Thomas and Doug Evilsizor

Raw & Wild is authentic “Food Tourism.” Building on the movement for food tourism and for organic eating, we are adventuring across New Mexico and the Southwest discovering breathtaking locations while rediscovering indigenous foods which naturally grow on the land. Unlike other food tourism shows, this isn't about visiting restaurants but rather ancient places and individuals who know ancient techniques that can be reapplied in the modern world. Before food was modernized, mechanized, and genetically engineered, it came from an authentic place. We are going back to the origin of food, when food was sacred.

Raw & Wild transports you to a glory age where food was clean, found off the land, and it naturally nourished your body. Prepare to adventure across the beautiful landscape of New Mexico while rediscovering indigenous food and be inspired by ancient recipes that stretch 500-years into the past.

Off the Menu

Narrative Feature, 1 hour, 62 minutes, USA, 2017, Directed by Jay Silverman

An unlikely heir to a fast food fortune goes 'cuisine hunting for the next culinary big thing, and finds himself in a small, dusty New Mexican town where foodies come from all over to salivate over the culinary treats of a feisty female chef.

 

Easter Sunday Family Celebration at El Pinto

Hatch up Fun at the Annual Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza at El Pinto

Free Easter Egg Hunts, Photos with the Easter Bunny

Albuquerque's Famous El Pinto Restaurant in New Mexico welcomes families this Easter Sunday for free Easter egg hunts, prizes and a special visit by the Easter Bunny. El Pinto Restaurant will open early at 9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday.

Join us Easter Sunday for Brunch and El Pinto's 6th annual Easter Eggstravaganza! The hunt is for children 12 and under, with a special area set aside for kids under age four. Have brunch first to make the 10:00 a.m. hunt for ages 4 and under. The second hunt is at 10:20 for ages 5-8, and one final hunt at 10:40 a.m. for ages 9-12. More than 6,000 eggs filled with treats and candy, face painting, and of course the EASTER BUNNY!

"El Pinto is the spot for great family gatherings" said Salsa Twin John Thomas, El Pinto co-owner. Twin brother Jim Thomas continues, "Come enjoy Easter Sunday Brunch with us. The Easter Bunny will be with us snacking on some of our fresh carrots, lettuce, and tasty green chile."

El Pinto Restaurant and Salsa Co. continues to expand with an emphasis on serving nutritious, locally-raised, and organic foods. This includes the 250 laying hens on property laying highly nutritious pasture raised eggs as well as the on property greenhouse providing nutritious greens for salads. El Pinto Restaurant has grown from a few tables in one room started by John and Jim Thomas' parents, to become the most famous restaurant in New Mexico with beautiful patios, natural wood burning fireplaces, and healthy New Mexican cuisine. El Pinto Salsa has expanded with the addition of the convenient single serving cup which reduces product waste and increases consumer satisfaction. The restaurant and salsa manufacturing facility are co-located on property in the North Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Co:

Established over 56-years ago, El Pinto is a quintessential icon for New Mexican cuisine. Conveniently located in the North Valley of Albuquerque just off I-25, the serene patios located under beautiful cottonwood trees provide an iconic experience. El Pinto is known nationally for its fire-roasted green chile and fresh flavorful salsa distributed across the nation in local grocery stores. The salsa and green chile factory is located on the same grounds as the restaurant. For an authentic taste of New Mexico, visit El Pinto for its fresh iconic food, traditional margaritas, and award winning chile. www.elpinto.com