October 7, 2016

4 of the Best Uses for Chimayo Chile

From the rich Mexican culture, miracle dirt, and lovely mountain views, Chimayo is known for many things. Of them all, one of the village's most sacred treasures is the Chimayo chile. The history of the prized pepper is as old as Chimayo itself and is packed full of vitamins and an unforgettable taste. It's the bold and unique flavor that encourages chefs all over the nation to use the chile as an ingredient in several varieties of foods, even desserts! Once you get your hands on the famous Chimayo chile pepper or powder, using them in these recipes are an absolute must!

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The Best Ways to Use Chimayo Chile
Basic Red Chile Sauce
Ingredients: 6 tbs. Chile molido, 2 cups chicken stock or water, 1 tsp. Cumin, 2 tbs. Flour, 1 dash of red wine vinegar, 2 garlic cloves, 2 tbs. Cooking oil, 2 tsp. Oregano (optional), 1 potato, cubed and cooked (optional), salt to taste.

Instructions: Pre-soak chile in liquid for 20 minutes while sauteing the garlic in oil. Add the flour and press it flat in the skillet until it turns brown. Add the red wine vinegar, which is the secret to making the flavor come alive. If you'd like more thickness, add the mashed potatoes. The sauce can be frozen and used later.

Salsa Pequin
This sauce is perfect for dipping and also for smothering over taco dishes.

Ingredients: One 12 oz. can tomato juice or tomato sauce, 2 tbs. minced dry onions, 1 tbs. chile pequin or chile caribe, 1 tbs. Garlic powder, 1 tsp. Cumin, 1 tsp. Black pepper, 1 tsp. Whole ground oregano, 1 tsp. Seasoning salt (optional), ½ cup chopped green chile

Instructions: Place all ingredients in a stainless steel sauce pan and simmer over low heat for one hour.

Green Chile Bisque
Ingredients: 2 tbs. Butter or margarine, 3 tbs. Flour, ½ cup finely chopped onions, ¾ cup chopped green chile, 1 bouillon cube in 1 cup of water, 8 oz. clam juice, 1 pint half and half, salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions: Melt butter or margarine and then add the flour and onions. Stir until the flour is lightly brown and the onions are transparent. Then add water, clam juice, and bouillon. Stir until well blended. Add the half and half and stir until the bisque thickens. Do not boil, instead simmer. Add the chopped chile and serve hot.

Red Chile Chocolate Soup
This sweet treat is best served cool as a dessert.

Ingredients: 1 qt. Heavy cream, 12 oz. chocolate, ½ tsp. Red chile powder, dash of salt

Instructions: Heat cream until it is just about to scald. Then add the chocolate and remove from the heat. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and add the chile and salt. Cool afterward.

These recipes and more can be found from the El Potrero Trading Post in Chimayo.

Get a Taste of Chimayo During Your Stay at Casa Escondida

Escape into the land of enchantment at our charming bed and breakfast inn. Surrounded by natural beauty, Casa Escondida is the perfect getaway for couples and families in need of a relaxing getaway. Our location also places you right in the center of New Mexico's historic village and just down the road from Santa Fe. Find your perfect room with us today or take a look at our Free Vacation Guide for more information on local activities, attractions, dining, and more.