New Mexican Food

Old Feb 19th, 2007, 05:42 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,597
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
New Mexican Food

I'm researching for my trip to Albuquerque and Santa Fe in September and am a little concerned about the heat of the food, since everything I read mention red and green chiles are a cooking staple. I can't eat anything that's even a little spicy due to intestinal surgery and I'm wondering if any of this food is served mild?
Postal is offline  
Old Feb 19th, 2007, 05:51 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 27,869
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Most of the food at places that serve New Meican food, can be had fairly simple and plain. You just have to tell them you don't want any chile or you want it on the side. You don't even have to eat at them, there's plenty others to chose from. Same for Mexican food, if you don't eat it at home, don't eat it here.

As for "regular" food, it is just like where ever you are from [steak, chicken, fish etc.] and should pose no problem.

Stick with basics and you'll be fine. Did you see my favorite ABQ restaurant thread?

Hope this helps...
Debi
DebitNM is offline  
Old Feb 19th, 2007, 06:55 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 500
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I personally love the hot stuff -- once I ate salsa that gave me a flushed face, like sunburn, and I loved it. However, I noticed at most restaurants that they are used to visitors who do not like it spicy and tend to ask, and warn, when taking orders. I may be mistaken but I think much of the food is fairly plain and you can spice it up with the salsas, as you wish?
sfamylou is offline  
Old Feb 19th, 2007, 07:02 PM
  #4  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,597
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Yes, Debi, I copied your restaurant list from here and then saw it on Chowhound also. I really want to try New Mexican food so I'll see about having the chile on the side. Is the red usually milder than the green?
Postal is offline  
Old Feb 19th, 2007, 07:12 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 27,869
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You know, it really depends on the restaurant and even the day. Folks are really loyal as to which they like better. You can get a bit of both, on the side. It's known as Christmas [a little green and a little red].

There is also those that like red with beef and green with chicken. The red has a smooth consistency, kind of like tomato sauce. The green usually has pieces of peppers in it.

They can both be hot or not so hot, just depends on the batch that day.

They are used to folks asking for it on the side, so no problem there.
Debi
DebitNM is offline  
Old Feb 19th, 2007, 07:36 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
If the chili has been frozen and in the freezer for awhile, it tends to be hotter no matter if it is green or red. Best to just get it "on the side". We have some great food here.

Pam in NM
jprs_phelan is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2007, 12:25 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 11,502
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Try the chile rellenos at Sadie's on 4th St. in Albuquerque. They are flavorful, but not at all spicy. If they offer chile, just ask for it on the side so you can have a taste.

Lee Ann
ElendilPickle is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2007, 06:02 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 182
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Here's a 'rating' system to remember:
Regular (WOW!!!)
Hot (Whoopee!)
Mild (Sweat Provoking!)
Gringo (Ahhh!)
LarryT is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2007, 10:22 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 318
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Visited New Mexico last October. Really enjoyed it. As DebitNM notes, you can have your New Mexican food plain or as hot as you like.

The one thing we found that seems unique to New Mexico, is that most every restaurant that serves steak seems to charbroil them. Many restaurants proudly advertise this. Other don't advertise it, but cook the steaks that way as well. We are well-traveled (Mrs. MileKing hails from Texas and has been to all 50 states; I've visited 45 of the 50) and have steak fairly frequently while dining out, but have never encountered charbroiling of steaks anywhere else in our travels. If you are used to the typical broiling (not charring) of steaks, you may very well be disappointed.
MileKing is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2007, 10:30 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 27,869
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
MK -- it shows how we all have different tastes; give me my steak charbroiled any time. Even at home, it's on the BBQ for me and it doesn't matter what time of year. I've been known to shovel snow to get to BBQ. Under the broiler, no thanks.

[Have you tried flatiron steak? They are wonderful.]

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34940023

Debi
DebitNM is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Josser
Europe
10
Oct 16th, 2007 10:45 AM
loves_to_travel
Europe
12
Jun 22nd, 2006 03:53 PM
TupeloHoney
Europe
37
May 5th, 2006 09:09 AM
GSteed
Europe
45
Dec 27th, 2005 08:29 AM
JJason
United States
19
Aug 9th, 2003 02:56 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:20 PM.