Food in New Mexico

Food:

What’s a trip without some good food? We were anxious to try some New Mexican cuisine as we heard it’s quite distinct from California Mexican and Tex-Mex due to the culinary influences of the Spanish and local Native American people. Plus, it’s just fun to get to know a place through its food and we wanted to compare and contrast for ourselves.

  • Frito pie (@ Yay Yogurt in Albuquerque) – Ok, so this one isn’t distinctly New Mexican but I’ve never had a Frito Pie and was curious about it. It’s made with Frito chips, chili, sour cream, tomatoes, shredded cheese and lettuce.

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    I’m assuming the veggies were added to make it feel slightly more healthy. Works for me!
  • Sopapilla – a type of fried bread. Eaten hot out of the fryer; we tried ours with honey drizzled on top (@ Little Anita’s, a chain of restaurants in Albuquerque, recommended by locals we spoke to), and later on, we had a stuffed sopapilla variety (@ Tia Sophia’s, in Santa Fe). 🙂
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    Sopapilla – warm, chewy, and delicious!

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    Stuffed Sopapilla with ground beef – reminded me of an enchilada with a chewier wrapping
  • Carne Adovada (@ Little Anita’s) – pork braised in a red chile sauce. I ordered it inside my breakfast burrito. Yum! Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of it because I ate it too quickly. You’ll just have to take my word for it.
  • Green chile or red chile – this question seems to be a common debate here in New Mexico. Or, do as the locals do and order both, also  know as “Christmas”. I’m partial to the green chile myself.
    • Green chile cheese burger (@ Horseman’s Haven Cafe) – a cheese burger topped with green chile. So simple, yet so tasty! Anthony Bourdain visited a few years ago while taping Parts Unknown and was overcome by their Level 3 green chile. I opted for just the regular level chile.

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      Green chile cheeseburger at Horseman’s Haven Cafe
    • Green chile cheese fries (@ Tomasita’s) – crispy french fries topped with green chile and cheese. #winning!

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      One of many recommended items on Tomasita’s menu
    • Green chile soup (@ Tomasita’s) – a warm and hearty soup with green chile, posole, pinto beans, and your choice of ground beef or chicken. Very filling with just the right amount of kick.

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      Green chile soup with an ever-present sopapilla

Now, before you call my doctor to report all the delicious meal choices I’ve made above, note that these items were enjoyed over the course of over a week and interspersed responsibly with a fair number of salads and lighter fare. And with that, I’m off to enjoy some dessert. 😉

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