Restaurants in New Mexico

New Mexico eaters make the point that the state’s cuisine is NOT Mexican, Tex-Mex, or California-Mex. It may have glimmers of them all, but it has a personality all its own. Chile – spelled with an “E” to honor the official state co-vegetable (along with the pinto bean) – rules in the Land of Enchantment, but it is rare to find chili, spelled with an “i,”as a meal. Chilies define the great state version of a hamburger, the green chile cheeseburger, and restaurants everywhere serve chilies rellenos (cheese-stuffed pods), and carne adovada (chile-marinated roast pork). Chilies infuse bread loaves and pizza crusts, ignite huevos rancheros, and are used to add snap and sunshiny flavor to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Beyond the ubiquitous pod, nearly every New Mexico table has a basket of sopaipillas – airy little warm pillows of quick-fried dough, brought to perfection by a drizzle of honey. Frito pies are another state signature dish. In fact, Santa Fe is one of two places that claim to have invented it (the other place being Dallas, Texas). It is today a southwestern-accented dish found in diners and cafes far beyond state borders.

New Mexico’s Most Famous Dishes

Cross section of a buned rare burger topped with chopped green chilies and cheese

Green Chile Cheeseburger

Long metal dish holds ice cream, syrup, chopped nuts, and whipped cream.

Ice Cream Sundaes

A modest-size pie slice is overwhelmed by how many blueberries it contains

Blueberry Pie

Fragile crust supports a light chocolate cream pie topped with meringue.

Chocolate Cream Pie

Great New Mexico Recipes

Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

New Mexico’s Best Restaurants

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