The Green Chile Cheeseburger
The Green Chile Cheeseburger is a delicacy, found in “The Land of Enchantment” – New Mexico. Before you think you have caught this Blogger in a spelling error, the word Chile is correctly spelled. That’s the New Mexico way “E not “I”. The Green Chile Cheeseburger, GCCB, is such a popular food item that the New Mexico Department of Tourism has published “The Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail” map which shows locations through the Land of Enchantment where one can savor a GCCB.
The GCCB includes the key ingredient, Hatch Chiles. Hatch, NM known as the Chile Capitol of the World, is located in the Hatch Valley just north of Las Cruces. Typically, the harvest season is August to early September. During this time the air is filled with the aroma, New Mexico perfume, of chiles being roasted. From this point forward, the Hatch Chile finds its way into a multitude of recipes, the GCCB being one.
Many NM eating establishments lay claim to serving the best GCCB. Two of these are located in the unincorporated village of San Antonio, NM on US Highway 380 just east of IH25: the Owl Bar and the Buckhorn which are about two blocks apart in this small village. My gold standard is the Buckhorn. In 2009 Bob Olguin of the Buckhorn bested Bobby Flay in a Food Network GCCB Throw Down.
Each year the NM State Fair in Albuquerque conducts the Governor’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge. The Rockin’ BZ in Alamogordo, NM was the 2012 Champion. Santa Fe Bite in Santa Fe, formerly “Bobcat Bite”, is another noted GCCB haunt.
On many visits to “The Land of Enchantment”, I have had the opportunity and pleasure to gorge on many Green Chile Cheeseburgers. The photographs in this Blog show my favorites, the Buckhorn being my all-time favorite.