1. New Mexico is PART OF the United States of America.
We forever suffer from Americans’ geographical ignorance. Do you need a passport to visit New Mexico? No. Pick up a map folks.
2. New Mexico is poor.
In fact, this is the poorest state in the country. And sometimes what that poverty looks like can be a little shocking – especially for visitors from wealthier states. Buck up.
3. It isn’t Tex Mex. It’s New Mex.
Bro. Listen. New Mexico’s cuisine is unique. While there may be some surface similarities, this is not the kind of food you find in Texas, Arizona, or California. Instead, it’s a good example of what you get when you toss Spanish, Mediterranean, Aztec, Puebloan, Navajo, and cowboy food culture all in one giant pot and give it a stir. So don’t be rolling into Española asking where you can get some Tex Mex. You might not make it out of town alive. Now, pass me the caribe. My jocoque is a little dry. Do you mind if I put some posole in my Guisado de Chile Verde?