One of the best ways to experience New Mexico is through our amazing cuisine. With big bold flavors, unique combinations and mouth-watering taste, New Mexican food can satisfy any foodie.

Whether you live in the state or just want to bring a part of your vacation home with you, this roundup of authentic New Mexican recipes will allow you to explore the State of Enchantment from your own home.

Tewa Tacos

Makes 6 tacos

Fry bread

  • 4 cups fine-milled flour
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup lard
  • 2 cups water
  • Additional lard for deep-frying


  • 3 pounds of ground beef
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 3 cups stewed tomatoes
  • 4 cups finely shredded cheddar-jack cheese
  •  3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh tomato, diced
  • Green chile and/or red chile sauce
  • Clear Light Green or Red Chile Flakes


  1. To make the fry bread, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a stand mixer with a dough hook. Add the lard and mix for 2 minutes on medium. Add the water and continue mixing until the dough is combined.
  2. Form the dough into 6 separate balls, then let them sit in a warm place for an hour.
  3. While the dough is sit ting, sauté the ground beef, half of the chopped yellow onion, and the stewed tomatoes until the meat is cooked through.
  4. Roll or hand-form each dough ball into a flat circle about 10 inches in diameter. To deep-fry the dough, heat a pot of lard to its smoking point. Drop each piece of dough into the lard, one at a time, and fry for about 4 seconds on each side, turning the dough at least 4 times in total, until the bread is fried a golden brown.
  5. Layer toppings on fry bread to taste: cooked ground beef, romaine, the remaining diced onion, shredded cheese, diced tomato, and/or warmed chile sauce. Sprinkle with Clear Light Green or Red Chile Flakes.
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