Albuquerque is very vegetarian-friendly, with a variety of restaurants catering specifically to vegetarians. In fact, most of our restaurants' menus boast at least one signature meatless entrée. Be aware that some traditional New Mexican and Native American restaurants prepare their chile and/or beans with meat, poultry or pork products, so be sure to ask about the preparation when ordering.
Other traditional New Mexican foods that may be prepared with meat include rice, posole, soups, stews and tamales. When ordering Indian fry bread be sure to ask if it is fried in vegetable shortening or lard. Traditional Indian oven bread is made with lard as are biscochitos, our rich, anise-flavored state cookie.
Many New Mexican restaurants offer vegetarian preparations just ask when ordering or call ahead to check.