The cuisine of New Mexico is an absolutely exceptional experience that you must try at least once in a lifetime because such a great synergy of traditional Mexican spicy dishes and mainstream fried American food cannot be found anywhere else on this planet. A traditional New Mexican home-cooked dinner at a restaurant is quite different from the usual misleading concept of chicken mole and wrapped in a banana leaf that you might have in your head. Prepare yourself for quality meat accompanied by fresh vegetables and spiced with a lot of chilies but served in a new and modern way.
Huevos Rancheros and Other Fried Eggs
Huevos Rancheros was a typical breakfast dish for cowboys who were working in ranchos, or it is so-called “breakfast of champions” that consists of fried and soft eggs, warm tortillas, whole beans, and everything are topped by melted cheese and a generous bunch of fresh chilies. The typical tortillas of New Mexico are made from blue corn, so they have a different and richer taste, also both green and red chilies are used, as a result, the spicy taste is perfectly mixed with freshness.
Another popular way to eat fried eggs in New Mexico is to serve them with stacked red chile enchiladas. Enchiladas in New Mexico are prepared with less sauce, so they become a perfect component for rich and nutritious breakfast. If you eat this dish with a few bites of warm tortilla and get a cup of strong black coffee, the energy boost for a great beginning of your day is guaranteed.
All Ways to Eat Vegetables
The cuisine of New Mexico takes vegetables as one of the main ingredients, as a result, they can be eaten as the main dish or a side dish. Calabacitas is one of the best examples. This is a dish made of sliced zucchini and yellow squash mixed with garlic, onions, corn, and green chile. Do not be confused because the recipe of calabacitas in a Mexican style includes the slices of tomatoes, so do not ask for them in your calabacitas while being in New Mexico because these two cuisines are not the same.
The perfect healthy snack or a side dish might be chicos. Do not worry, we are not talking about girls, but about smoky, chewy corn kernels. There is a traditional recipe of New Mexican stew that came from the village of Santa Clara. It is made of chicos, pork, chile, onion, and oregano served with a glass of icy cold beer.
Blue corn is considered the main ingredient of the New Mexico cuisine because this type of corn is common only for this part of the world. This kind of corn has more protein and has a lower glycemic index, so they are healthier and might be eaten by people who has gluten intolerance. Blue corn can be cooked and served as a side dish or be the main ingredient of tortillas, chips, porridges, pancakes, and many other dishes.