Sense of Place: Food and Cuisine of the Southwest

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Southwestern food is really some of our favorite. Whether it's a quick burrito with soft beans and chicken or an elaborate slow-simmered mole sauce, we love how the flavors and textures combine in every dish.

We had a hard time narrowing this list down to just a few recipes!One of the things we love about Southwestern cuisine is its flexibility and diversity. There are very few dishes that depend on having the exact ingredients called for. Instead, chicken can be swapped for beef, almonds for pumpkin seeds, or black beans for pinto.

You'll get a slightly different dish every time, and it's just about guaranteed to be tasty!

Soups and Sides:
Chicken Posole
Guacamole
Spanish Rice from Simply Recipes
Homemade Flour Tortillas from Cooks.com
Jicama Salad from the Food Network
Frijoles Charros from the Global Gourmet

Main Dishes:
Chili Rellenos from Recipezaar
Enchiladas from Simply Recipes
Carne Asada from Simply Recipes
Beef Tamales from the Food Network
Chicken Quesadillas from Epicurious
Beef Empanadas from Epicurious

Sauces and Salsas:
Mole Sauce from Texas Cooking Online
Smoky Four-Pepper Salsa from AllRecipes.com
Salsa Verde from Epicurious
Pico de Gallo from the Food Network

Sweets and Extras:
Dulce de Leche
Shortcut Dulce de Leche
Sopaipillas from Gourmet Sleuth
Churros from the Food Network
Flan from Epicurious
Prickly Pear Cactus Mojito from Feed Your Vegetarian

What are your other favorite recipes from this part of the United States?

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