Posts Tagged ‘Taos’

Taos: green chilies and more chilies

Historic Taos Inn

Historic Taos Inn

Taos is a funky mountain town full of galleries, museums, and little bed and breakfast places. The land surrounding Taos has long attracted painters, writers, and free spirits with its beauty, natural light, and wilderness. I stopped in at the historic Taos in for an afternoon snack on the Adobe bar patio, which faces Taos’ main street (and great people watching).

Cowboy Buddha Margharita

Cowboy Buddha Margharita

I ordered the Cowboy Buddha margharita – perfect and classic, made with Herradura Silver, Cointreau, hand-squeezed lime juice it was tangy, not sweet, and came ith a hard salt crusted rim.

Green Chili Stew

Green Chili Stew

A little peckish, I also ordered a bowl of green chili stew, a New Mexican classic usually made with pork. The Adobe Inn makes a vegetarian version, thick with roasted green chilies, tomato, onion and topped with cheese. Surprisingly spicy (which is just the way I like it) I needed all of the fresh flour tortilla served alongside it, eagerly ripped into pieces and dunked straight into the bowl.

Orlando's New Mexican Cafe

Orlando's New Mexican Cafe

For dinner I stopped in at Orlando’s, famous throughout Taos for it’s green chilies. A funky little place with a dia del muerto theme and a colorful, umbrella shaded patio, Orlando’s is a popular neighborhood joint, and the dinner rush starts early!

Chili Rellanos

Chili Rellanos

Chili Rellanos were stuffed with pepper jack cheese, breaded and crisply fried, then covered in “christmas” chili sauce (both red and roasted green chilies) and more cheese.  Served with pinto beans and posole – another New Mexican classic made with hominy – it was a very filling meal, especially with the tri-colored tortilla chips and salsa I munched on while I waited and the homemade blue corn tortillas that came alongside the chilies. The dish was actually a bit bland, so I added a lot of the rich, deep red “extra” spicy chili sauce they make in-house.

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Blue Corn Tortillas

Blue Corn Tortillas

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Breakfast Burrito: The Road to Taos

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

On the road! I flew out out to New Mexico to visit family (hi Dawn, Anne, and Mary!) and took a roadtrip up to Taos. Just a few hours in state, and I needed a breakfast burrito in a bad way. If you take St. Francis Drive from Santa Fe up to Taos, you travel through a lot of pueblo land. I stopped at spot on the side of the road  in Ohkay Owingeh called Fairview Cafe.

Fairview Cafe

Fairview Cafe

A classic breakfast burrio comes in two sizes – hand-held and plate. I got the handheld (slightly smaller) in which all the ingrediants go inside the tortilla, instead of the chili slathered on top. I skip the breakfast meats, and but keep the rest of the ingrediants – scrambled eggs, hash browns, cheese and chili. I can never decide between red or green chilies (I want whichever is spicier that year, but also the other!) so I always order my burrito “christmas” – with both red and green chili. The burrito  hit the spot, and I got back on the road to Taos.

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