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Exploring the spicy flavors of New Mexico

Exploring the spicy flavors of New

 Some Like It Hot!  

There is absolutely nothing like all the spicy delicacies of New Mexico! But what makes the delicacies of New Mexico different? They are unique in that most meals revolve around the humble chile. It is not Tex-Mex, Cal-Mex, or even Mexican. It is a magnificent blending of flavors revolving around chili peppers. In the above photo, you see a dish of black beans topped with tomato’s, onions, shrimp, green chile, and a squeeze of lime. Now that is yummy!

New Mexican food is a breed all it’s own? Have you ever had a cheese burger with extra real cheese, and a healthy topping of chilies? Two things are a must, good quality real cheese and chile. Is it possible to even eat without the humble vegetable called chile?

And then there are Sopapillas. Sopapillas are very versatile and can be eaten any time of the day.  You make a pie crust and roll out. Cut in about 3-4 inch squares and fill with eggs. Deep fry in a quality oil. Breakfast is ready. If you want lunch or dinner, just fill with any meat and fry. Serve hot smothered with chilies. And an all time favorite anytime is to fry and just let them puff up, but no filling. Then dip in honey while hot. What could be better? They are amazing!

Is there a special occasion in your life? Let’s celebrate with Green Chile Stew. Need your favorite comfort food, most likely it will be Green Chile Stew. Whatever the need, whatever the occasion, there is Green Chile Stew. You can use any meat, just cut in cubes and flour well using Masa Harina. Then brown well. Place in a soup pot and add onions, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, beef broth, lots of chopped green Chile peppers and spices. Generally cumin, garlic, oregano, cilantro, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and salt are used as spices. Put in a large stew pot and cook slowly for around 8-10 hours. You can also use a slow cooker on low, if you prefer. Most homes have Green Chile Stew made up and ready for any need. Who knows who might come to dinner, but no problem, there is Green Chile Stew.

When wandering the streets of any community in New Mexico you may come across families selling tamales, burritos, ect out of their van. Most likely those will be the best that money can buy, that is where the locals shop. So stock up and eat like a king.

Traveling to New Mexico? Why not plan a food adventure? I only mentioned a few of the favorite dishes eaten in most every home, but there are endless specialties to taste. There is nothing else that can compare to these special edible treasures of New Mexico. There is no better time to plan a New Mexican Food Adventure! Here is a guide to plan your adventure backpacking trip to New Mexico.




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