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One of the first things many visitors want to explore when they come to Albuquerque is the city's unique cuisine. Its defining ingredient? Chile. Chile comes in two varieties: red or green, with preferences for one or the other depending on individual palates. Don’t like spicy foods? No problem. Albuquerque restaurants span everything from brick-oven pizzerias to pit-smoked barbecue joints, Vietnamese cafés and prime steakhouses. Dining options include vegetarian, Mediterranean, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Chinese cuisine.
Only a handful of states have adopted official dishes or desserts; New Mexico is one of them. While in town, be sure to stop by a local bakery and enjoy a biscochito, our anise-flavored state cookie. Want to attempt to make your own? Here is a recipe you can try at home.
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Before you make your way to Albuquerque, or after your visit, consider trying your hand at a few favorite New Mexican recipes. We have recipes for everything from guacamole and chile con queso to green chile enchiladas and biscochitos.