New Mexico March 30, 2018
10 Foods Every New Mexican Craves When They Leave New Mexico
Take a moment to think of your favorite things about New Mexico. Were certain foods anywhere at the top of that list? We bet at least one favorite dish was! It’s a sad thought to imagine not having ready access to it but there are quite a few New Mexicans who have this very experience after moving away. Sure, you might be able to find some variation of these dishes in other states but there’s nothing quite like the version you’ll find here in New Mexico.
Nothing says Christmas like this little cookie with its signature anise flavor and a generous helping of lard. One bite and you'll know exactly why this is New Mexico's official cookie.
2. Chile rellenos
We think it's impossible to truly enjoy a fresh, piping hot relleno made with (gasp) Anaheim chiles used in other states! Who needs that flavorless thing when you can use a real deal Hatch chile?
3. Frito pie
Rip open a packet of Fritos, add chili beans, onions, cheese, and red chile sauce, and ta-da! You have a classic meal ready for snacking.
4. Green chile cheeseburger
Some restaurants in other states have started offering canned green chiles as a topping for their burgers but they don't compare to the originals you'll find here, especially when chile season is in full swing.
5. Actually, green chile anything
wouldn't you top with or stir in some green chile?
6. Or a meal with some delicious red chile
New Mexico's name may have become synonymous with green chiles but our red chiles are delicious as well! If you can't decide on how to top your enchiladas, ask for it Christmas style.
Piñon season falls right after chile season and snacking on a bag of these is like pure gold. That nutty, almost buttery flavor is simply divine.
8. Stacked enchiladas
Okay, it's a bit difficult to tell from the photo but these enchiladas as served stacked—layered like a lasagna—and topped with a fried egg and plenty of red chile. How else would you eat it?
9. Stuffed sopapillas
This is one of my favorites that I haven't seen on a restaurant menu in other Southwestern states...or at least not quite done right. The sopapilla by itself is mouthwatering but add some fillings and top it with chile? That's an unforgettable meal right there!
10. A meal from your favorite restaurant you can only find in New Mexico.
Take your favorite spot—whether it's a fast food joint like Lotaburger, a local chain like Dion's, or an established restaurant like Genaro's—and we bet you miss having easy access to the meals here.
Are there any other foods you absolutely miss after leaving New Mexico—whether for a week or years? Let us know the dish you missed most by leaving a comment below!
Food isn’t the only thing New Mexicans absolutely love! You can read about a few other favorite things in
Here Are 8 Things Everyone In New Mexico Absolutely Loves. All of these prove this really is the Land of Enchantment!