Green Chiles and Tomatoes

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Before serving this cooked salsa, add 1 teaspoon cumin powder and stir in chopped cilantro. Serve as an all-purpose sauce with chips for a dip, with enchiladas or tacos, or as a relish or condiment with grilled meats, poultry, or fish.


  • 3 cups peeled and chopped tomatoes

  • 3 cups chopped green New Mexico chile, roasted, peeled, seeds and stems removed

  • 1½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 1/4 cups white vinegar


Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Pack in hot, clean, sterilized jars, taking care to use all the liquid. Process according to the directions above.

Taco Sauce with Green Chile

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In addition to tacos, this simple sauce goes well with a variety of foods such as eggs and hamburgers. Before serving, try adding spices such as oregano, cinnamon, ground cloves, or cumin. For a hotter sauce, substitute jalapeños for the green chile.


  • 3 cups chopped green New Mexican chile, roasted, peeled, seeds and stems removed

  • 3 cups peeled, chopped tomatoes

  • 3/4 cup chopped onion

  • 1½ teaspoons salt

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1½ cups vinegar


Combine all the ingredients in a pan, bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Pack in hot, clean, sterilized jars, being sure to use all the liquid. Process according to the instructions above.

Grilled Salmon Steaks with Green Chile Lime Sauce

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Here is a simple salmon recipe that’s quick to prepare but tastes great. You can literally whip it up while you are starting the grill. Feel free to flavor this with a little light smoke–say apple or other fruitwoods. Serve with a creamy rissoto, arugula, and tomato salad and a chilled white wine.


For the Salmon:

  • 4 salmon steaks

  • Olive oil

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Green Chile Lime Sauce:

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • 3 roasted and peeled New Mexico green chiles, stems and seeds removed

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon lime zest


Brush the steaks with the oil and season with the salt and pepper. Place all the ingredients for the sauce in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Grill the steaks over a medium fire for about 8 minutes, turning several times, or until the fish flakes on the outside.

To serve, pour some of the sauce on individual plates, place the steaks on top of the sauce, and top with additional sauce.

Green Chile Sauce

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This versatile sauce is basic to New Mexican cuisine. It’s at it’s best made with fresh green chile. Finely diced pork can be added but cook the sauce of an additional half hour. Use this sauce over enchiladas, burritos, eggs for breakfast, or the above chile rellenos. It will keep for about 5 days in the refrigerator and freezes well.


  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 2 to 3 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup chopped green New Mexico chile, roasted, peeled, stems removed

  • 1 small tomato, peeled and chopped


In a medium skillet, heat the oil and saute the onion and garlic until they are soft. Stir in the flour and blend well. Simmer for a couple of minutes to cook the flour, being careful it does not brown. Slowly add the broth and stir until smooth.

Stir in the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened, about 15 minutes.

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chile Sauce

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In New Mexico, enchiladas can be rolled or flat and stacked, made with yellow or blue corn tortillas, filled with any number of ingredients, and smothered in chile sauce. After you decide to order enchiladas here, there are still decisions to be made. First, blue or regular referring to the type of tortilla, rolled or stacked, red or green chile sauce and, if you can’t decide and want both sauces, order “Christmas.” And finally you may order them with a fried egg on top, which is true New Mexican fare.


  • 2 chicken breasts

  • 2 small onions, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 whole cloves

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup black olives, chopped

  • 2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese

  • Vegetable oil for frying

  • 8 corn tortillas

  • 2 cups Green Chile Sauce 

  • Chopped fresh lettuce and tomatoes, and sour cream for garnish


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large pot, cover the chicken, ½ of the onions, garlic, and cloves with cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes. Remove the chicken. Strain and reserve the broth for use in the sauce. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and bones, and shred.

To assemble: Place a little of the sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. To soften the tortillas, pour the oil in a pan to a depth of about a 1/4-inch and heat until hot enough so that a drop of water in the oil will sputter. Dip a tortilla briefly in hot oil to soften, remove and drain. Next dip the tortilla in the sauce and place on the baking pan. Place some of the chicken down the center of the tortilla, top with some chopped onions, sour cream, olives, and cheese over the chicken, and roll. Ending with the flap side down in the pan.

Pour additional sauce over the enchiladas and bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Garnish with the lettuce and tomatoes, and top with a dollop of sour cream.