Enjoying the Food of the Southwest

Living in Colorado, we are surrounded by states that embrace southwestern flavors. Whether visiting New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, or our own state, southwestern flavors can be found everywhere. Tacos, burritos, Huevos rancheros, enchiladas, guacamole, and all kinds of peppers can be found on menus in almost every city. We have tried to recreate several of the dishes that we’ve had during our travels throughout the area as well as we have some of our own that we’ve grown up eating.

Crab Queso in Austin, Texas
Con Carne Burrito in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Huevos Rancheros in Sante Fe, New Mexico

Southwestern food is full of spices and packed with flavor, but usually it is just a mild heat. Some places offer the choice of sauce to put over your food, usually ranging from mild to hot, with the green sauce usually being the hottest. One nice thing about southwestern food is that the same flavors work with different types of proteins like pork, beef, and shrimp, but it can also be made to be vegetarian as well. Since we like to share anyway, the portions are usually large enough for us to still have leftovers to take home with us.

Crab and Shrimp Stuffed Chili Relleno
Pork Burritos with Spicy Green Chili Sauce
Chili Pork Verde

As we get ready to leave for Moab, Utah tomorrow, we expect that we will likely find many southwestern options available to us when we arrive. Hopefully we’ll find some of the creative dishes that we found in Scottsdale, Arizona and Sante Fe, New Mexico. We don’t have a favorite type of food, but we certainly enjoy good southwestern dishes when we are in the mood for something a little spicy.

Grilled Corn and Chipotle Soup from the Restaurant
Carnitas Burrito Served Enchilada Style
Our Version of Southwestern Corn Chowder


15 thoughts on “Enjoying the Food of the Southwest

  1. You are making me so hungry! I dream of New Mexican food. I hope to make a quick trip there in August, though with dog in tow I don’t know how much eating out I’ll be able to do. I’ll have to find some good food trucks serving up that spicy chile 🙂

    Enjoy your time in Moab. Love that red rock canyon country!

  2. thebeerwanderer

    I’ve only been there once but the food is what I remember best. Nice extensive collection mouthwatering photos!

  3. You are so lucky you live in Colorado – my favorite state!! We just got back from there and I wrote a post entitled “An Ode to Leadville, Colorado.” Any chance you live near there?

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