Red, Green or Pepto Bismol?

On our recent trip back to my husband’s hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico; we ate food. We ate a TON of food. The food in New Mexico is amazing so it’s very hard not to overindulge.

For those of you who have never had the chance to visit this area there is one very important question you need to answer everywhere you go here.

Red or green?

When you go out to eat in New Mexico it really doesn’t matter what you order; you will be asked, “Red or green with that?”

What they are referring to is the chile pepper. You have the choice as to whether you want red or green chile sauce on it. I myself am a green chile person but over the years I have learned moderation is key for this native Wisconsin girl.

This was one of our meals at the family reunion we went to. Red chile enchilada on the left and green chile enchilada on the right. Beans and pasole (spicy corn stew) in the middle.

This was one of our meals at the family reunion we went to. Red chile enchilada on the left and green chile enchilada on the right. Beans and pasole (spicy corn stew) in the middle.

Cheeseburger with green chili on it at Western View restaurant on Central

Cheeseburger with green chili on it at Western View restaurant on Central

My first visit to Albuquerque, many years ago when my husband and I were still dating; I went overboard on the green chili and had it on everything. Apparently my stomach is not made of steel and after 3 days of being there and consuming more spicy food during that short time frame than I had over the entire course of my life I was left with a pretty messed up stomach. I remember my husband’s mom slipping me some Pepto Bismol through a crack in the door at 2am.

The next morning I asked if we could eat at a non-Mexican food related establishment. We found an IHOP and I asked for some bacon, eggs and white toast. The waitress asked, “Red or green?”

Since then I have learned my lesson and just ask the wait staff to put my green chile on the side and that way I can control how much I add.

This is my enchilada I ordered at Garcia's on Central with my green chili on the side!

This is my enchilada I ordered at Garcia’s on Central with my green chili on the side! In the middle of the table are sopapillas (fried bread) which are another staple of New Mexico!

Besides having great food at restaurants on our recent trip we also had the pleasure of going to my husband’s cousin’s house and she made and taught me how to make some authentic tacos and Spanish rice. One of the best tips I have ever learned was to add mashed potatoes to your taco meat to make the meat stretch more so you can feed more people. I thought this was absolutely brilliant because it doesn’t change the taste at all!

My husband's cousin teaching me how to make tacos and Spanish rice

My husband’s cousin teaching me how to make tacos and Spanish rice

Here are the tacos and rice I made the other night at my house!

Here are the tacos and rice I made the other night at my house!

Also, I can hardly mention New Mexico without talking about tortillas. They are served with every meal. You can eat them plain, you can put meat and beans in them or use them to sop up the juices from Green Chile Stew. I have been making homemade tortillas for my family on a regular basis for over a year now and they are fantastic! While I was visiting our family I made up a huge batch of tortillas for everyone.

Here is me mixing up the tortilla dough!

Here is me mixing up the tortilla dough!

Here I am rolling out the tortilla

Here I am rolling out the tortilla

My mother-in-law was kind enough to pass down to me her bolio (a tortilla rolling pin) that she used to use when she made homemade tortillas for her family. Of course after she gave it to me I pretended to hit her over the head with it. This is why she loves having me for a daughter-in-law!

This is me pretending to hit my mother-in-law over the head (I would never really do that)!!

This is me pretending to hit my mother-in-law over the head (I would never really do that)!!

 

When you go to New Mexico be prepared to eat. The food is absolutely fantastic. If you are into hot, spicy food you will not be disappointed and if you are like me don’t be afraid to pass every now and then or just ask for it on the side!

This is my youngest son Cesar giving trying to give his hot pepper back!

This is my youngest son Cesar trying to give his hot pepper back!

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I also have a winner to announce! Last week I held a giveaway on my blog for a recent children’s book I wroteΒ  What’s in the Bucket? 1 Year Blog Anniversary and a Giveaway. Instead of just throwing everyone’s names in a hat and choosing randomly I did something a little different. My children don’t really know that I blog nor have they ever read anyone’s blog so what I did is write the first names of non bloggers and blog names of those who blog on a piece of paper. I then asked my 8 year old daughter to choose a name to win the book I wrote.

She chose The Sadder but Wiser Girl!

I asked my daughter why she picked this one and she said, “I picked this one because I like wise girls. I think the wiser you are the more honest of a person you are and I don’t like anyone who tells lies.”

I thought this was a perfectly good reason to give Sarah at The Sadder but Wiser Girl blog my book. Sarah is wise and I really do think she is a honest person! She is also very funny and super sweet. When I announced that I was doing this giveaway she blasted my name all over the internets! Thank you Sarah! I hope you and your kids enjoy the book!

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41 responses

  1. Oh man, that Mexican food looks delicious. But I have to be careful since lots of cheese and spicy food don’t do well with IBS. But, I indulge occasionally because yum. My husband would love the food in New Mexico because he is obsessed with spicy food.

    • Thankfully my mother in law gives us a bunch of green chile to put in our freezer every year so my husband can get his fix. The food I normally cook at home is super bland to what he’s used to. He just pops out one of his bags of chile to add to whatever I make! I could not handle spicy everyday. Some people’s bodies were just not built to handle that but yes it is good!!

    • I had my first chile relleno this year which is a huge pepper stuffed with cheese and meat. It was so good but afterwards I felt like my whole body was on fire not to mention it actually burnt my lips from the heat! I am definitely an amateur spice eater but at least I try it!

    • I actually took a trip to Mexico in my early 20’s just so I could have real authentic Mexican food. Unfortunately I made the mistake of staying at an all-inclusive place and they only served American food. I did stray off of the resort a few times to go to some local establishments but I didn’t get to try a lot of different stuff. Now I’m happy to have this direct link to Mexican food!

      • Oh….well, don’t read mine. I mention ice cream. Last week we made a pact to NOT buy ice cream any more. I came home from my bike ride Saturday and Husband bought TWO cartons because they were on sale and he thought after that long of a ride I deserved a treat! πŸ™‚ WE have over done it to get rid of it!

  2. Congrats Sarah! Melissa thanks for sharing more about your family’s trip along with some expectations on food especially. Thanks for the tips on Red, or Green, best to ask to put certain food on the side, and more especially the stretching of the meat with matched potatoes. Cesar thanks for letting me know how hot the peppers are. Your plate looks great Melissa. Continue to Be a Blessing because you’re Blessed. Mtetar

  3. As soon as I saw the title I knew you were talking Mexican food and it had to be about your trip to NM! They are famous for the red or green! I’m not a fan of either, but I grew up on Tex Mex πŸ™‚ I could eat it weekly and be a happy camper!! So cool that you got her tortilla rolling pin, that’s a great heirloom!!

  4. But, which one is hotter, green or red ? I lived in Texas for a year, the first jalapeno cream cheese popper had me burning up for 15 minutes, I finally got my taste buds used to Tex Mex food……its sooo good. But, when i returned back home to MA and ordered the same thing, I almost laughed, no taste, no hotness, and everyone thought I was out of mind ! Funny. And, Congrats to Sarah…….. Have you showcased a post of a page of your children s book at all? That would be great to see !!

  5. I once had a beau who was Mexican and he took he home to Chicago and boy did I get a lesson in Mexican food! They ate tortillas with every meal, including breakfast. They also put avacado on their sandwiches. The had little corner shops that made and sold big bags of tortillas. It was a wonderful lesson in culture.

    So, pardon a silly question, but the green chilli is hot? I don’t remember much chili. It might be more popular in the Southwest.

    • It is hot or at least it can be depending on the harvest. I have had some that are more mild but they are still HOT! It is a Southwest thing because of the climate they grow these peppers. The most popular is the Hatch Green Chile pepper but there all different varieties. We have some seeds and we are trying to grow them in my dad’s garden this year but my husband doesn’t think they will taste the same because it’s the same sandy soil that they are normally grown in that give them the distinct taste I guess!

  6. Look at you Melissa, making those tortillas! I think I would just love eating my way through New Mexico. I too once loved to eat really spicy food without any ill effect. But as I get older, times they are a changin’!

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