My mouth is on fire but I cannot stop eating. The green chile topping my vegetarian burrito at one of Santa Fe’s top New Mexican restaurants, The Shed, is that delicious. I pause for a second between bites to take a swig of my Gran Gold margarita, splashing the tart and sweet mixture of Don Julio Anejo and Grand Marnier and lime around in my mouth long enough to absorb some of the heat.
“I forgot how hot it was,” I stutter.
My boyfriend laughs.
“Santa Fe green chile, you should know better by now. Next time order it Christmas Style.”
I smile. “Christmas Style” is a local term for topping your burrito or enchilada or fry bred stuffed taco with a mix of red and green chile, although which is hotter actually depends on the type of pepper and how it’s prepared.
Getting stung by chile in Santa Fe is a right of passage in this one of a kind, all adobe city. Established as a Spanish colony in 1610, today it’s North America’s oldest state capital. Spend some time wandering around the traditional central plaza surrounded by narrow streets filled with boutiques, art galleries and restaurants like The Shed.
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