Home-grown chile, slow-cooked seasoned pork and locally made tortillas … put them together with eggs, cheese and potatoes, and you’ve got the recipe for a burrito that’s put a Corrales cafe on the map.
Apple Tree Cafe at Wagner Farms is one of the stops on the state Tourism Department’s New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway map.
The map, available online at newmexico.org, shows restaurants across the state that were picked by popular vote as part of a tourism promotional campaign.
The 50 restaurants on the map were chosen from a total of 46,766 votes cast.
The top vote-getter among the 400 restaurants nominated was Katrinah’s East Mountain Grill in Edgewood, with 2,623 votes.
Apple Tree Cafe had the second highest number of votes, 1,907.
“We were really excited about that,” said Gina Wagner, whose family owns the cafe, the next door market and the farm where they grow the chile used in the burritos, as well as corn, apples, tomatoes, melons, black-eyed peas and pumpkins.
The cafe is only open for breakfast and lunch from mid-July through Dec. 1. But they also sell the burritos on Sunday mornings at the Corrales Growers’ Market at 500 Jones Rd. in Corrales, where they are a popular item.
“We have lines of people from 9 a.m. until noon waiting to get a burrito,” said Wagner’s daughter, Amber Sanchez.
Their pulled pork burrito, made with marinaded and seasoned pork that has been slow-cooked overnight, is the top seller.
Other ingredients include scrambled eggs, hash brown potatoes, cheese and red or green chile on a 12-inch tortilla.
A hand-held burrito costs $5, the chile sauce smothered version is $6.95.