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New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburgers

Although it isn't shaped like one, this is our kind of food pyramid, containing protein in the form of meat and cheese, vegetables (green chile and maybe onions, too), and carbs (the bun). The green chile cheeseburger, a specialty of New Mexico (where the chile pepper shares State Vegetable status with the pinto bean), is a brilliant combination of flavors and can range in Scoville hotness from cozy warm to incendiary.

Santa Fe Bite
Owl Bar
Buckhorn Tavern
Bert's Burger Bowl
Stop and Eat Drive In
El Farolito
66 Diner
Santa Fe Bite - Santa Fe , NM
Here is what many consider to be the best green chile cheeseburger in the Southwest.
Owl Bar - San Antonio , NM
The green chile cheeseburger is what has put this out-of-the-way watering hole on the good eats map. Crusty, gnarled patties of beef are covered with chopped hot green chilies and the chilies are in turn topped with a slice of cheese that melts into them and the crevices of the hamburger.
Buckhorn Tavern - San Antonio , NM
The chile that tops the Buckhorn Burger is not as hot as what's used at the nearby Owl Bar, but it has a stronger, sharper chile flavor. A small amount of American cheese and onions mix well with the chile, while layers of tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, and mustard separate the meat from the bottom bun. Messy? Yes. A memorable burger? Definitely.
Bert's Burger Bowl - Santa Fe , NM
Bert's claims to have invented the green chile cheeseburger -- a patty of beef sizzled on a grate over charcoal, from which flames lick up and flavor not only the meat, but also the bright orange cheese laid upon it. Dollops of fiery minced green chile are mounded atop the cheese, and unless you say otherwise, your burger will come dressed with mustard, pickle, lettuce, onion, and tomato.
Stop and Eat Drive In - Espanola , NM
At this vintage drive in, place your order and wait for your number to be called. Food arrives in a white paper bag. The cuisine is definitive New-Mex Drive-In fare, ranging from chile and eggs wrapped in a flour tortilla to tamale plates and “Mexican dinners,” either red or green, and a fine version of Frito pie.
El Farolito - El Rito , NM
Far away from everywhere in the tiny town of El Rito, this folksy eatery offers chiles rellenos, tacos, enchiladas, and green chile cheeseburgers, plus excellent Fritos pie. The green chili is especially excellent: a luxurious stew of bite-size pieces of pork, tomato, and slivers of hot green chile.
Frontier - Albuquerque , NM
Meals at the Frontier are great quick-eats, New Mexico-style. Count on superior huevos rancheros and oven-hot flour tortillas at breakfast; at lunch, there is green chili stew by the bowlful; there are broad enchiladas that can be had with beef or vegetarian-style with meatless green chili, cheese, and onions; and there are chalupas and tacos and excellent blue-plate hamburgers.
66 Diner - Albuquerque , NM
The 66 Diner is a good place to taste food unique to New Mexico. First and foremost is the green chile cheeseburger, in which chopped-up spicy green chilies supplement the usual package of meat and melted cheese. You can also have enchiladas made with chile, and good ol’ green chile stew, served with wheat tortillas on the side.
Santacafé - Santa Fe , NM
In this stylish, upscale restaurant you will find brilliant southwestern flavors with an Asian or Continental twist. Crunchy smoked pheasant spring rolls come with a dipping sauce of mint and four chilies; pan-seared swordfish is accompanied by saffron couscous; huge tempura tiger prawns loll in a puddle of sweet-and-sour-and hot red chile coulis. Meals begin with chile-spiked brioche, and conclude with such luxuries as warm toffee pudding or Tahitian vanilla bean crème brulée.

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