Five Food Deals for $5 in Las Cruces

With food costs forever rising, it can be hard to find a decent meal for a good price. Whether you’re on your lunch break or just in search of a quick, cheap meal, finding affordable and fast dining options becomes very important. But why settle for over-processed food from a greasy fast food chain when you can get an easy and delicious meal for under $5 from a local business instead? 

UMP Irish Grill

Ump 88

Hidden up in Picacho Hills is a local pub you’d probably never find if you didn’t know to look for it. Although they serve drinks and food all week long, they’re most famous – and rightly so – for their “Taco Tuesday” promotion. All day every Tuesday, you can buy as many tacos as you’d like for just $0.50 a piece. These 50-cent tacos are loaded with ground beef, beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato and a house-blend salsa that’s bursting with flavor.

Also on Tuesday, Mexican beers, sangria and margaritas are all just $3. Where else can you sip on a margarita and eat four tacos for $5?

Ump 88 is open from 11 am – 11 pm every day

UMP 88 Irish Grill
1338 Picacho Hills Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88007

Phone: (575) 647-1455

 Saenz Gorditas

Saenz Gorditas

If you’ve only ever had gorditas from Taco Bell, you owe it to yourself to try the authentic version of this Latin American sandwich, and Saenz Gorditas serves some of the best gorditas anywhere in Las Cruces. Each gordita consists of a deep-fried masa harina cake filled with meat, beans, lettuce and tomatoes, and they’re served with a side of delicious house-made salsa.

Gorditas at Saenz Gorditas

Mmm…Gordita Goodness

From 2 pm to 4 pm every day, these gorditas are available for just 99 cents each enabling you to pick up three gorditas and a fountain drink for $5. Of course, gorditas and many other authentic Mexican foods are available during the rest of the day as well if you’re willing to pay just a bit more. Saenz Gorditas is open from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday and can be found at

Saenz Gorditas
1700 N. Solano Dr.
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Phone: (575) 527-4212

 Go Burger

Go Burger Drive-In

Although the name may say “Go Burger,” Las Cruces residents know that the real highlight of this drive-in restaurant is its burritos. Go Burger is a Las Cruces original with an almost legendary reputation thanks to its large portion sizes and exclusive hours. Open only until 2 pm each day, this drive-in restaurant serves a variety of burgers and Mexican food to an eager lunch crowd.

While most menu items are affordable, and everything is delicious, the real star of the show is the green chili meat burrito. For $3.75, you can buy an enormous burrito packed with pork, potatoes and real New Mexico green chili. It’s hot and bursting with flavor, and it’s practically big enough to share. Stop off to pick one up at 1008 E Lohman Ave; just remember to bring cash as Go Burger doesn’t accept credit cards.

Go Burger Drive-In
1008 East Lohman Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Phone: (575) 524-9251

Zeffiro's New York Pizzeria

Zeffiro’s NY Style Pizza

Zeffiro’s is a relative newcomer to Las Cruces, but its excellent location and delicious food has earned it a positive reputation among college students and other pizza fans. This New York-style pizza parlor offers whole pies or pizza by the slice, and it’s within easy walking distance of campus to make it an ideal meet-up destination for students. Even if you don’t attend the university, it’s well worth the drive that side of town to get a great deal on authentic New York-style pizza; people drive in from El Paso just for a taste.

A Slice of Zeffiro's New York Pizzeria Best

Zeffiro’s New York Pizzeria

Not only is the wood-fired pizza delicious, it’s also affordable. If you order the Zeffiro Special, you can get either two slices of pizza and a drink or a slice of pizza, a drink and a side salad, all for $4.95. Zeffiro’s is open 11 am to 9 pm Monday through Saturday and 12 pm to 7 pm on Sunday. Stop off for a visit at 901 University Avenue.

Zeffiro’s New York Pizzeria
901 University Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88011

Phone: (575) 525-6770



Formerly known as Scoopy’s, this Las Cruces ice cream stand is best known for its creamy frozen custard. What you might not know is that Caliche’s also serves some pretty fantastic gourmet hot dogs as well. Every day, all day, you can pick up two all-beef Nathan’s hot dogs and a large fountain drink for $5. You can mix-and-match any two hot dog types, including the nacho dog, chili dog, chili slaw dog, yellow dog or Caliche’s original specialty hot dog, and any non-custard beverage qualifies for the special.


Caliche’s runs several other specials, including happy hour from 2 pm to 5 pm and an annual “Customer Appreciation Day” where all menu items are sold at half price. They even offer small “dog cones” so you can share a bit of vanilla custard with your canine companion when you stop by. There are two Caliche’s locations to visit: 590 S Valley Dr, Las Cruces and 131 S Roadrunner Pkwy, and they’re open every Sunday through Thursday 11 am to 9 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 10 pm.  

Caliche’s Frozen Custard

590 South Valley Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Phone: (575) 647-5066

131 South Roadrunner Parkway
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Phone: (575) 521-1161

Other Food Specials

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Tiana Bodine About Tiana Bodine

Tiana grew up in a motorhome, traveling the country with her blue collar family. In 2003, she moved to Las Cruces to attend NMSU, and though she's wandered away a few times since, the city's always called her back. When she's not busy scoping out new local businesses and finding ways to save money on entertainment, Tiana moonlights as a video game writer and fantasy novelist. She also blogs at

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