In the heart of downtown Santa Fe, Casa Chimayo offers an unadulterated taste of northern New Mexico’s famous chile. We may be accustomed to calling enchiladas, posole and the like “New Mexican food” but, at Casa Chimayo, it’s “the cuisine of New Spain” and the restaurant’s website is complete with history lessons.
Owned by folks with deep roots in Truchas and Chimayó, the restaurant’s down-home dishes are named for assorted relatives. Needless to say, the chile comes straight from Chimayó. We enjoyed lunch there recently with a bowl of pork and red chile posole, and some of the best enchiladas we’ve had in town.
We started with an order of guacamole ($12). Made to order, boasts the menu, and we thought so. Served in the traditional stone molcajete, this chunky version arrives wonderfully fresh, laced with pieces of tomato, a hint of onion and plenty of chopped cilantro. The unusual, slightly puffy chips were nicely hot from the oven.