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The other day, there was a bit of a debate about the correct spelling of green chile. Without going to any boring details, I’ll just say that someone was trying to tell me to spell chile with an “i”, (green chili) when I mentioned that in New Mexico, we spell green chile with an “e”.
In case you’re curious, green chile is spelled with an E in the great state of New Mexico, and for two reasons. One, is that the Spanish spelling of chili is chile, and another is to distinguish between our chilies, and the classic American dish of chili, which is made up of beans, meat and tomatoes. Another interesting tidbit is that one of New Mexico’s Senators, Pete Dominici, had the word chile (with an e) entered into the 1983 Congressional Record as the official spelling for our peppers.
We New Mexicans take our green chilies muy seriously.
I was fortunate enough to have fresh green chilies, ready to pick and roast from my garden, but if you don’t grow, or haven’t heard of green chilies, there is a link to canned chilies below. Green chilies are a mild, but flavorful chile, which is perhaps why they’re so popular in my state. The jalapeno… it’s hot. The habanero… it’s hot. The green chile… it is a little spicy, but I think most people can handle it without breaking a sweat.
Give it a try and see what all the hype is about!
Green Chile Cheeseburger
- 1 pound of lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup beer
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (make your own homemade Worcestershire sauce)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup green chilies
- 1 – 2 cloves garlic
- 4 slices colby-jack cheese
- 4 hamburger buns
- preferred condiments and toppings
In a medium-sized bowl, combine uncooked ground beef, beer, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Mix thoroughly, and shape into 4 quarter-pound hamburgers. Set aside (and this goes without saying, but wash your hands ;))
Chop green chilies finely and set in a small bowl. Mince garlic, and add to green chilies, and stir to combine.
On a grill or grill pan, cook hamburgers until desired doneness, and until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. When the burgers are about 2 minutes from being ready to pull off the grill, top with 1 tbsp of green chile mixture, and top with a slice of cheese. Close the lid or cover the pan, and cook an additional minute or two, until the cheese is melted. Place onto hamburger buns and add desired toppings.
Do you love green chilies? Have you ever tried them before?
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