Beloved Taos food legend Mante Chacón dies

Mante Chacón, a volunteer firefighter, laughs as he collects donations for the Taos Volunteer Fire Department in a boot on Camino de la Placita in 2015 during the Fire Drive. Chacón, the beloved founder of Mante's Chow Cart, died of complications related to COVID-19 on Saturday (Nov. 7).

Amarante Chacón was a local food legend.

Starting out operating a humble food truck, his family-run business blossomed into a successful restaurant, simply called Mante’s on Paseo del Pueblo Sur, where his breakfast burritos and Northern New Mexican cuisine became a near-necessity for locals. Many Taoseños who loved his outgoing friendly demeanor are in mourning today. Chacón died Saturday (Nov. 7) at a Colorado Springs hospital from complications related to COVID-19. He was 77.

He is one of six Taos County residents known to have died from COVID-19.

His family is working right now to have him brought back to Taos. Funeral arrangements are pending. This story will be updated as more information is made available.

A tribute to Chacón and the food legacy he built will be published in the Taos News. Share your memories of Mante's with or text 505-470-9843.

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