Twelve years ago I married a New Mexican. I always knew I would. I grew up watching Young Guns and dreaming about the rough and tumble personalities that came with the territory. I thought someday I would name my children Billy, Charley and Chavez. Two girls and a boy. As of today I have two boys and a girl and I didn't name them Billy, Charley or Chavez.
When I visited New Mexico as a tween I was absolutely taken with the flash rain storms and humongous sky. The rain would come down in such unique fashion—the drops spread so far from one another you could dodge them if you were nimble enough—I had never experienced anything like it.
Besides their love for gun slinging and rabble rousing, one thing I learned quickly about New Mexicans is their love for roasted hatch green chilies and hot salsa. I have come to love roasted hatch green chilies and hot salsa too—admittedly it has taken me some time—and keeping in mind that 'hot' is a relative term.
This week I created a New Mexican Chorizo Burger for my family to inspire that Billy the Kid spirit at the dinner table. (And give me a reason to play Jon Bon Jovi's Blaze of Glory tape as our background music.)
New Mexican Chorizo Burgers
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound chorizo sausage
1 large yellow onion
4 TBS olive oil (maybe more)
6 full roasted hatch green chilies or 1 small can roasted hatch green chilies
2 ripe avocados
6 hamburger buns (gluten free)
1 cup mayonnaise
3 TBS salsa
3 pinches salt
Get 'em going on the grill. Cook approximately 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
In the meantime, prepare the rest of the toppings.
Keep stirring so they don't stick to the bottom of the pan or become burnt. Add more oil if necessary to achieve this golden brown crispy goodness.
Enjoy! And don't forget to turn on your Jon Bon Jovi tape.
Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory