Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Plaza Diner Green Chile

I'm sure you've heard me say it before:  Santa Fe, New Mexico is probably my favorite place on the entire planet.  Before my car accident, we made one or two trips out there each year.  To soak up the culture, stock up on green chiles, and pretty much just to pig out.  It's our favorite type of cuisine.  There is a little cafe in the plaza that has been there since 1905.  I read on their website ( that they suffered a kitchen fire in 2010 and have been closed since for remodeling.  One of our favorite things to eat at the diner is their Green Chile.  It's a very simple, but delicious bowl of awesomeness, served with a big piece of Indian Fry Bread.  Since we haven't been able to make it to Santa Fe recently, and would have been disappointed to see the restaurant closed for remodeling anyway, we've come up with our own version at home.  It's not quite as good as eating on the square, but it helps hold us over between vacations! 
It's like New Mexico in a bowl!
The Line-Up
This is the green chile sauce we like to use
Heat the beans in a sauce pan.
Heat the green chile sauce in a separate pan.
Season the steak on both sides
with salt and pepper.
Cook until desired doneness.
Allow steak to rest before slicing.
Serve up with a big piece of Indian Fry Bread.
My recipe for that is
Pretend you're on the plaza in Santa Fe.

Plaza Diner Green Chile

2 cans pinto beans
1 pound sirloin steak
green chile sauce
sour cream

Heat the pinto beans in a sauce pan over low heat.  Heat the green chile sauce in a separate pan over low heat.  Season the steak on both sides generously with salt and pepper.  (We like to use some green chile powder too!)  Cook over medium high heat on both sides until done to your liking.  Let steak rest 10 minutes before slicing.  To serve, ladle beans into bowls.  Top with green chile sauce.  Place steak slices on top.  Garnish with sour cream and cilantro and serve with Indian Fry Bread. 
Prep Time:  Approximately 10 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 20 minutes

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