La Posta de Mesilla

Review by: Michael Stern

Located in a two-hundred-year old adobe building that was a stage stop on the Butterfield Trail, La Posta is now run by Jerean Hutchinson, whose grandmother founded it in 1939. It is a southwestern culinary landmark.

The most famous dish on the menu is tostadas compuestas, crisp-fried corn tortilla cups into which are ladled red chili con carne, beans, cheese, lettuce and tomato. A combo plate includes one tostada compuesta plus a chili relleno (a large cheese-stuffed, breaded, and deep-fried chili pepper), and a taco as well as guacamole salad. Other expertly made native dishes include flautas, green chili enchiladas, sunset-hued carne adovada, and steak smothered in green chili and melted cheese. No matter what you order, you will get a basket full of warm sopaipillas for mopping up every last good bit of food off the plate.

There is a magical sense of history about La Posta. The several dining rooms are loud and festive and in the vestibule, which has more plants than a tropical rain forest, you will be serenaded by squawking parrots.

What To Eat

Tostadas Compuestas

Combination Plate

Carne Adovada




La Posta de Mesilla Recipes


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2 Responses to “La Posta de Mesilla”

Ruiz Emma

April 8th, 2024

We hadn’t been to Mesilla in several years. We were debating where to go? So, we both decided to go to La Posta. My husband and I had a steak with a baked potato. Somewhat disappointed. We only liked the steak. The waitress kept bringing what we would ask for, in episodes. Food got cold. I think the waitresses serving the food should dress a lot neater. Hopefully service will get better.


Earl Robertson

August 4th, 2011

I wanted to take my wife somewhere special for our 33rd anniversary. La Posta hit it out of the park! From the time we entered the restaurant, we knew we were someplace special. The waitstaff was very friendly, the ambience was outstanding, and the food was some of the very best that I’ve ever tasted. We had steak fajitas and they were as tender as could be.

We moved here from the Carolinas three years ago, and we’ve been in a lot of restaurants over the years. La Posta is on our top-three list and no matter where we settle, we’ll always come back to La Posta. We also checked out the gift shop and they have very fine jewelry. My wife was happy with her selection there and, as for me, the gift shop was the place with all the shirts, cups, and knick-knacks (at 53, a boy and his toys).


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