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.
The restaurant is conveniently located 10 minutes from the I-40 and I-25 interchange just off Interstate 40 and 2 miles west at the Tramway/Roy exit on 4th Street in the beautiful North Valley. Click Here for a Reservation.
El Pinto (North Valley)
10500 4th Street
Albuquerque, NM 87114
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Driving Directions to El Pinto
Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday – 11am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday – 11am – 10pm
Sunday – 10:30am – 9pm
Sunday Brunch – 10:30am – 2pm
For reservations of 15 or more call
(505) 898-1771 or use the Group Reservation Inquiry below.