Although Pigeon Forge, TN isn’t remotely near the border, it is home to some excellent Mexican restaurants! Whether you’re looking for Tex-Mex or authentic Mexican cuisine, you are sure to find all of your favorite dishes while you’re on vacation. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Heritage Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the top five Mexican restaurants in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains.
1. No Way Jose’s Cantina
With locations in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, you will never be far from a No Way Jose’s Cantina during your vacation. This restaurant specializes in mouthwatering Tex-Mex classics, including fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, and chimichangas. Even if you’re not looking to eat an entire meal, No Way Jose’s is a great place to relax with a margarita while munching on some tortilla chips and salsa. Be sure to try Jose’s cheese dip – it’s out of this world!
2. Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina
Dining at Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina is always a blast! This restaurant features rooftop seating with beautiful views, a mechanical donkey ride, and frequent live entertainment. Of course, Loco Burro’s delicious food is its main attraction. Guests will find a variety of spectacular Tex-Mex dishes, including quesadillas, burritos, fajitas, tacos, chimichangas, enchiladas, and carne asada. Although it’s not a traditional Mexican dish, Loco Burro’s Fried Banana Cheesecake is a can’t-miss dessert.
3. Cielito Lindo Mexican Grill
Cielito Lindo Mexican Grill is another one of the best Mexican restaurants in Pigeon Forge. If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food, Cielito Lindo never disappoints. Popular menu items include the lava bowls, fajitas, Mexican rice, burritos, and churros. The prices are very reasonable and the portions are large, so be sure to come hungry! In case you were wondering “cielito lindo” literally means “beautiful sky”, but it is also a term of endearment similar to “sweetheart” or “honey”.
4. El Ranchero Loco
El Ranchero Loco is known for its made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine. They use an authentic blend of fresh ingredients to create only the best dishes. Highlights of the menu include the Fajitas Nachos, marinated chicken or steak fajitas served on a bed of crispy tortilla chips and topped with sautéed onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and white cheese sauce, and the Tamales de Mama, 2 homemade tamales smothered with white cheese sauce. The food isn’t the only thing visitors love about this restaurant though! The friendly atmosphere and quality service are what keeps them coming back every visit to Pigeon Forge.
5. El Paso Mexican Restaurant
El Paso Mexican Restaurant provides a taste of Texas right in the Smokies! Everything at El Paso’s is superb, from their chips and bean dip, to their tacos and burritos, to their beers and margaritas. Guests can expect friendly service and very generous portions. The chicken, ham, and pineapple fajita is an especially popular dish at El Paso’s.
When you stay with Heritage Cabin Rentals, you will be near all of the best Mexican restaurants in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. Our cabins come with your choice of awesome amenities, including mountain views, hot tubs, theater rooms, game rooms, and BBQ grills. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 9 bedroom cabins, we are guaranteed to have the perfect property for your getaway. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge!