Monday, July 13, 2015

New Mexican Green Chile Cheeseburger Recipe

Photo by Marshall Astor, Creative Commons license.
I write novels of adventure and romance set in the Southwestern United States. The novels touch on local culture, including food. For my most recent romantic suspense, The Dead Man’s Treasure, I put together a recipe booklet of foods mentioned in the book, including this New Mexican standard. (See also my posts Red or Green: The New Mexico Chile, Homemade Green Chile Sauce, Breakfast Burrito, Huevos Rancheros, Green Chile Stew and Enchilada Casserole.)

Green Chile Cheeseburger

This is simple, but oh so good, and perfect for summer cookouts. Cook a hamburger by your favorite method. (Many New Mexican restaurants seem to fry the burger on a griddle. The years of grease add that special something.)
Serve on a bun with cheese – I prefer cheddar – and chopped, roasted green chile to taste, lettuce and tomatoes optional.

Rather than basic chopped green chile, you can try this Homemade Green Chile Sauce, or make a roux by sautéing onions and garlic in a little oil, mixing in a couple of tablespoons of flour and sautéing until it's golden, then adding chicken broth and green chile until you have a thick, delicious sauce. It will thicken more upon standing. Leftovers keep in the refrigerator for about a week.

For a variation, try a taco burger. My husband and I like crisp corn tortillas, but you can also wrap your burger in a flour tortilla.

Rebecca Westin is shocked to learn the grandfather she never knew has left her a bona fide buried treasure – but only if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. The hunt would be challenging enough without interference from her half-siblings, who are determined to find the treasure first and keep it for themselves. Good thing Rebecca has recruited some help.

Sam is determined to show Rebecca that a desert adventure can be sexy and fun. But there’s a treacherous wildcard in the mix, a man willing to do anything to get that treasure – and revenge.

Action and romance combine in this lively Southwestern adventure, complete with riddles the reader is invited to solve to identify historical and cultural sites around New Mexico. See the DMT page of Kris Bock’s website for a printable list of the clues and recipes from the book.

The first book in the Southwest Treasure Hunters series is The Mad Monk’s Treasure. The Dead Man’s Treasure is book 2. Each novel stands alone and is complete, with no cliffhangers. This series mixes action and adventure with “closed door” romance. The stories explore the Southwest, especially New Mexico.


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