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Red or Green? New Mexico Chiles

Did you know that New Mexico (NM) is the only state in the U.S. to have an official question and that question is –  “Red or Green?”. Yep – that’s it – “Red or Green?” In NM every New Mexican restaurant asks you “Red or Green?” when you order your meal. If you’re not asked, then it’s not New Mexican food. It’s probably Mexican or Tex-Mex.

New Mexico chile - red and green

New Mexico Chile

So why do waiters ask “Red or green?”? Because New Mexican dishes are typically smothered in a red or green chile sauce. When you order your enchiladas, chile rellenos, huevos rancheros, tamales, stuffed sopapillas, or pretty much anything you order, the next thing you are asked is “Red or green?” – meaning – So you want it smothered in  red chile sauce or green chile sauce. If you can’t decide, you can always order “Christmas” and get both. My standard orders are green with chile rellenos, red with tamales, carne adovada, and huevos, and whatever I feel like at that moment for all other dishes. Continue Reading →

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