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Taos is New Mexico True
Plate of New Mexican food and pink cocktail

Northern New Mexican cuisine takes its inspiration from many places. The flavors of Mexico are front and center, of course, but often with a little something different—maybe a hint of Spanish influence, something of the essence of Pueblo culture, or a local ingredient that makes Northern New Mexico food very much its own creation.

Luckily for locals and visitors to Taos, the length and breadth of Northern New Mexican cuisine can be sampled throughout town. There’s red chile, green chile, Christmas, and caribe to put on your enchiladas, tamales, burritos, and cheese fries. There are sopaipillas and rellenos, nachos and tacos. For the secure of stomach and adventurous of heart, there’s menudo. For dessert, locals swear by their grandmother’s natillas, and around the holidays, battles erupt over who makes the best biscochitos.

If you plan your visit to Taos in late summer, the heady smell of roasting green chiles fills the air outside every food market. Every year, locals get requests from far-off friends and relatives to send them roasted green chiles or to bring chiles along in their suitcases when coming to visit. So make sure you pack a cooler and bring home a case. Your neighbors will love you for it, and you’ll be thanking yourself all winter long.

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