New Mexican cuisine is the best food most people don't know about.
Heck not only did I not know about it, I just assumed it would be basically similar between Arizona and New Mexico
New Mexico Cuisine is distinguished by the extensive use of Chiles, Beans & Corn. Especially the New Mexico Chile which is a Variety of the Anaheim Chile. This Chile is commonly known as Hatch Chile. Hatch Chiles are not a separate species of Chile, it's just grown in the general vicinity of Hatch NM and as a result of the soil & climate, gives it distinctive characteristics.
The New Mexico chile, especially when harvested as green chile, is perhaps the defining ingredient of New Mexican food compared to neighboring styles. Chile is New Mexico's largest agricultural crop. Red Chiles are the result of letting Green Chiles continue to grow and then change color along with a drying process. Red and green varieties, depend on the stage of ripeness when picked. New Mexican Recipes are strongly influenced by Native American & Spanish influences. TX and AZ recipes are more influenced by Mexican ingredients. New Mexican foods are generally "Hotter" than Tex-Mex or Sonoran ingredients.
For New Mexican recipes, I suggest you pick up any of Jane Butel's Cookbooks. She's my go to source for New Mexican food. http://www.janebutelcooking.com
post edited by Foodbme - 2012/06/22 17:27:50