My Favorite NEW MEXICAN Food Recipes (you'll notice there are no onions in the recipes as I don't cook with onions (I use about 1/8 tsp onion powder in my recipes), but feel free to add them in if you are so inclined).

These recipes are not mine originally, but are adaptations of my favorites.

CARNE ADOVADA (marinated pork)
(Serves about 6 people)

2 lbs pork roast
3-4 medium-size potatoes
7-8 whole. dried chile pods, seeded and deveined (found in Mexican food aisle of grocery store).
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
dash comino (cumin) optional

* Prepare chiles by cracking open and removing seeds and veins. Remove any outer skin.
Place in a bowl and add hot tap water, enough to cover chiles.
Let sit for about an hour and then drain, reserving the liquid.
Place the chiles in blender and add enough of the water to equal 1 pint.
Add the garlic, oregano,and salt.
Blend until thick and smooth. (This Chile Colorado sauce can be used as sauces for other things too, such as enchiladas, stuffed sopaipillas, burritos, huevos rancheros, or just about anything!)
*Slice potatoes width-wise, about 1/4" thick. Place pork roast and potato slices in large glass or stainless steel bowl and pour chile sauce over them.
Marinate, covered, in refrigerator overnight.
When ready to cook, heat oven to 350^.
Place meat and marinade in dutch oven or large covered casserole (you might have to cut the meat into smaller chunks for it to fit) and bake until meat is done, for at least an hour. You can also cook this in the crock-pot on low all day if you wish. The meat will just fall apart...Mmmmmm!!!
When done, serve as main dish with refritos (refried beans) and spanish rice, or on flour tortillas as a burrito (potatoes too!).
It can also be made into huevos rancheros for breakfast (corn tortillas topped with fried eggs, carne adovada, and cheese). It is also makes for excellent stuffed sopaipillas!


CHILES RELLENOS (stuffed green chiles)
(Makes about one dozen rellenos which serves about 6 people)

12 green chiles (you can use the canned whole green chiles but they aren't as good as the fresh, you can also soak dry green chile pods in hot water for about an hour and use them after taking off the outer skin, and removing veins and seeds)
1 lb monterey jack or cheddar cheese, cut into long, thin strips, about 1/4" wide and 2-4" long, depends on size of chiles
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten, added to milk
enough oil to fill deep fryer, or if using frying pan oil should be about 1 1/2-2" deep

*Combine dry ingredients, add milk/egg mixture and add to dry ingredients. Add more milk if needed. The batter should be pretty thick. If it is too thin it won't stay on the chile.
*Make small slit in chile under stem if necessary, stick cheese strip inside, dip chile in batter--coating well, then fry in deep frying pan or deep fryer, turning to cook evenly, until relleno is a nice golden color.
Eat as main dish with refritos and spanish rice.


You can make CHILE FRITTERS with any small pieces of chiles, or chiles too small to stuff, just dip in batter and fry.
To roast your own fresh chiles, poke chile with a fork, broil in oven on cookie sheet or roast on grill outside.
Let blister on all sides (chile will be pretty black).
Put in wet towel which is lining large bowl and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Spread chiles out to cool. Freeze in bags.

CHILE VERDE (green chile sauce)

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup or more chopped green chiles (canned diced green chiles works well)
1 large clove garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon salt
dash of ground cumino (cumin)

*Melt butter in saucepan, stir in flour. Add the broth, then chiles, garlic, salt, and cumino.
Simmer about 15 minutes.
Use to top enchiladas, burritos, rellenos, stuffed sopaipillas, huevos rancheros, or just about anything! Very good!


SOPAIPILLAS (puffed, fried bread; they aren't just for dessert)
yields about 4 dozen small or 2 dozen large sopaipillas

4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons shortening
1 1/2 cups warm water

*Combine dry ingredients and cut in shortening. Make a well in center of dry ingredients, and add water, working into a dough. Knead dough until smooth, cover, and set aside for 20 minutes.
*Heat 2 inches of shortening in heavy pan at medium-high heat. Roll dough to a 1/8 inch thickness on lightly floured board. Cut into 4 inch squares and fry until golden on both sides, turning once. If the shortening is hot enough the sopaipillas will puff and become hollow almost immediately. Drain on absorbent towels.

yields about 6-8

2 cups flour 4 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup warm water, approximately
cornmeal or flour

*Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add warm water to flour mixture and work into a smooth dough.
*Divide dough into balls of desired size (for small servings they should be egg sized, for large servings they should be lemon sized). On a lightly dusted (with flour or cornmeal) board roll out each ball into 1/4 inch circles. Cut or poke a hole in the center of each circle.
*Heat 2 inches of shortening in a heavy pan at medium-high heat. Fry the dough, one circle at a time until golden on both sides, turning once. Drain on absorbent towels.
Fry bread can be eaten the same way as sopaipillas, topped with honey, powdered sugar, or cinnamon-sugar.
When covered with seasoned meat, refritos, chile peppers, bell peppers, lettuce, tomato, red or green chile sauce, and cheese, they are called INDIAN TACOS.

serves about 4-6

3/4 cup canned plum tomatoes (or if in a hurry, use canned tomato sauce or puree and skip the blender part)
1/2 clove garlic, chopped
1 1/4 cups chicken broth (or as needed)
2 tablespoons peanut oil (you can use vegetable oil but the peanut oil gives it a subtle, different flavor)
1 cup long grain white rice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

*Put tomatoes and garlic in blender and puree them until they are well blended, adding enough chicken broth to make a cup of liquid, blending it in.
*Put oil in saucepan and heat it on medium heat until it is hot. Add the rice and stir it in the oil til golden. Add the tomato puree mixture, salt, and pepper.
*Bring ingredients to a boil, cover tightly, and simmer for 25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
This has a very good flavor!


FRIJOLES PINTOS (pinto beans)
makes 4 cups cooked pinto beans

2 cups dried pinto beans
9 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic
2 tablespoons lard or shortening

*Sort pinto beans and rinse in cold water. Place beans and water in large pot. Bring mixture to a boil on high heat.
Reduce heat to medium and cook until beans are tender (a few hours, unless cooked in pressure cooker at 15 lbs pressure for 45 minutes). Add seasonings and shortening, simmer at low heat for 30 minutes.

For REFRITOS (refried beans): 1/2 cup shortening
4 cups cooked pinto beans
1/2-1 cup bean liquid
grated cheddar cheese
*Heat shortening in a skillet at medium-high heat. Add beans and liquid to shortening. Mash beans and cook for 10-15 minutes.
*Top with grated cheese when ready to eat.


BUNUELOS (this is a quick version of a deep-fried favorite dessert; real bunuelos are made with a dough similar to sopaipillas)

flour tortillas
vegetable oil or shortening

*Cut flour tortillas into wedges, deep fry in about 2 inches hot oil or shortening. Drain on absorbent towels. Sprinkle with sugar mixture while still hot. MMmmm!!!


TOSTADOS (tortilla chips)

corn tortillas
vegetable oil or shortening
optional: garlic salt, salt, red chile powder

*Cut corn tortillas into wedges, deep fry in about 2 inches of hot oil or shortening. Drain on absorbent towels. Eat plain or sprinkle with salt, red chile powder, or garlic salt.
For NACHOS top with green chiles and cheese, sprinkle with garlic salt, and microwave them til the cheese is melted. MMmmm!!!


serves about 4-6 depending on size of pan

1 dozen corn tortillas, approximately (depends on size of pan)
red chile sauce (2-3 small cans or 1 large can enchilada sauce) OR chile verde sauce (may need to double recipe above)
grated cheddar cheese
optional: 1 lb seasoned ground beef

*Spread small amount of sauce on bottom of pan. Spread single layer of tortillas on bottom of pan (they will overlap), top with sauce and cheese. Keep layering tortillas, sauce, and cheese until you reach the top of the pan. Add additional cheese on top. Bake in 350^ oven until cheese is melted (about 20 minutes).
Cut into squares and lift out with spatula. MMmmm!!!

To make your own red ENCHILADA SAUCE:

1 tablespoon shortening
3 tablespoons flour
6 tablespoons red chile powder
1 clove garlic, minced
dash oregano
salt to taste

Brown flour in tablespoon shortening. Add chile powder and blend in water, stirring until smooth. Add garlic, salt, and oregano. Simmer half an hour until chile thickens to gravy consistency. (May have to double recipe depending on size of pan used for the enchiladas.)


CALDILLO (northern New Mexico style soup)
serves 4

1 lb lean ground beef
2 cups diced potatoes
4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup chopped green chile, or more, depending on your taste

*Fry beef in saucepan until browned. Add potatoes and fry until potatoes are golden brown. Add water, seasonings, and chile. Cover and simmer at low heat until potatoes are tender.


POSOLE (hominy stew) -- traditionally eaten on New Year's Day for good luck all year
serves about 8-12

1 lb pork or beef roast, browned
water - enough to boil roast in
2 tablespoons salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp oregano
1 teaspoon ground comino (cumin)
1-2 cans golden hominy (or more - depends on how much hominy you want)
3-6 dried red chile pods, crumbled (OR Red or Green Chile Sauce)

*Brown roast and put in large stewing pot, covered with enough water (at least 1 1/2 - 2 qts, probably more; add more as necessary) to bring to a boil.
Let simmer for 1-2 hours or until meat is tender (it should shred easily), and add in hominy and seasonings. Adjust seasonings to taste.
The posole should be like any other stew, not too watery and not too thick. Since not everyone likes the same thing in their posole, we each top our own individual bowls of posole with red or green chile sauce (or the dried chile), and anything else desired (cheese, sour cream, or whatever!).
We eat flour tortillas with our posole, rolled for dipping.


CHILE COLORADO (basic red chile sauce)

2 tablespoons butter or shortening
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 to 3/4 cup red chile powder (experiment with this; it really depends on your taste)
2 cups cold water (for milder flavor, tomato juice may be used)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic
comino (cumin)

*Heat shortening or butter in saucepan on medium heat and stir in flour. Cook for 1 minute. Add chile powder and cook for an additional minute. Gradually add the water and stir, making sure no lumps form. Add seasonings to sauce and simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes.

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