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Famous New Mexico Recipes

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Famous New Mexico Recipes include blue corn pancakes, breakfast burritos, carne adovada, posole, green chile, and chile rellenos.

Check out our 50 states unit study for some fun states info! These popular recipes will remind you of the best part of being in New Mexico. 

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Don’t forget to check out this New Mexico Unit Study to learn more about fun state facts and history.

New Mexico is a southwestern state with a significant Mexican influence on the culture and food, and it also has large Native American reservations filled with their cultural traditions. You can buy beautiful turquoise jewelry, hand-made blankets, and delicious foods popular in the region.    

These ten food categories include three recipes from notable professional chefs and home chefs with the recipe testing and dish development done for you. All you need to do is enjoy the beautiful combinations that make these dishes uniquely New Mexico.

Blue Corn Pancakes

Professional and home chefs alike use blue cornmeal to substitute for yellow cornmeal in all the same dishes. One of the most famous New Mexico recipes is pancakes made with blue cornmeal. 

Breakfast Burritos

You can easily find burritos filled with eggs, hashbrowns, chorizo, salsa, and cheese at food trucks and restaurants in New Mexico. 

Carne Adovada

Tender pieces of pork are simmered a chile-based stew and have an incredible depth of flavor. It’s a classic dish that is easy to make and absolutely delicious. 

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Chunks of pork and hominy (chickpeas) stewed together in a chile sauce are topped with cilantro, sliced radishes, limes, and avocados. Many local restaurants serve this soup for lunch or dinner.  

Green Chile 

People in New Mexico (and all over the United States) eat this thick stew filled with Hatch green chiles, tender pork bites, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and stock. You can eat it in a bowl like soup or pour it over eggs and hashbrowns. 

Chile Rellenos 

These stuffed peppers are roasted poblano peppers filled with cheese, battered, then fried. You can serve them with rice and beans. 


Tacos layered with shredded pork, beef, or diced shrimp topped with cilantro, spicy avocado sauce, and sprinkled with cotija cheese are popular in New Mexico. You can combine many different types of meat, cheeses, sauces, and toppings to make amazing New Mexican tacos.   


Shredded chicken rolled in corn tortillas, covered with red chile sauce, topped with cheddar cheese, and sprinkled with chopped cilantro. It can be as spicy or not as you want. 

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Light and fluffy square dough are fried and puffed into beignet-like pastries, topped with powdered sugar, and then drizzled in honey. Sopaipillas are a tasty dessert. 

Fry Bread 

A famous New Mexico recipe is puffy pita-like bread topped with ground beef, chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, and sour cream.  

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