|New Mexico Pile-Up
This is another recipe probably everyone in New Mexico has a different version of or a different name to call it by. Some just call it breakfast!
Breakfast is one of my favorite meals and this is definitely one of my favorite breakfast meals, though I hardly ever have it or a substantial breakfast really.
This is probably one of my favorite meals because it reminds me of breakfast at my grandma's house. She always had homemade tortillas and fried potatoes. We normally had eggs and bacon too, but I would skip the chile because I didn't actually start eating chile until I was older (shame, I know!).
I made my grandma's famous fried potatoes this weekend and decided to make a pile-up. I used her potatoes as the base, then topped them with fried eggs. I made the bacon in the oven (400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until crispy, depends on the bacon). Then I topped it with cheese and 505 Southwestern Green Chile. I like their chile and I love that they sell individual sized green chile packets! After that, I popped it in the microwave until the cheese melted and drizzled it with some hot sauce. I also served it with tortillas... I didn't make any homemade tortillas, but we had Bueno Tortillas on hand so we used those.
The great thing about the pile-up is that you make it whichever way you want! Load whatever your heart desires onto the pile of potatoes and pile it all up until you get it perfect. I like mine with bacon, eggs, cheese, chile, and hot sauce. And served with a tortilla (it all gets sandwiched in a tortilla for me anyway!). But make it how you like it. Whatever eggs you like, whatever cheese, chile, hot sauce, meat, or other toppings you'd like. If you don't have all the ingredients on hand, just use what you have. Just remember to pile it all up!!
This is a huge, comforting breakfast New Mexican style! The terms New Mexican comfort food and New Mexican soul food are starting to become popular here, and it's very fitting!!
|No homemade tortillas today, so Bueno had to do
|My favorite green chile because it's in single serving packets!
|Breakfast always needs bacon
|Eggs and chile... staple here in New Mexico
|I love over easy eggs, but make them any way you like
|The ENTIRE view (with hot sauce)
|New Mexican comfort food at its best
|Make how you'd like it-- potatoes, eggs, cheese only (Joe's version)
|Potatoes, eggs, cheese, and hot sauce only (Joe's version part 2)
|Potatoes, eggs, cheese, green chile, hot sauce (served with a tortilla of course!)
|More views without the meat
|Scoop the goodie into a tortilla and eat it like this too!
New Mexico Pile-Up
A T&H Original
For 2 servings:
1/2 recipe prepared Grandma's Famous Fried Potatoes (about 3 cups)
4 eggs prepared over easy (or any way you like)
6 slices of prepared bacon, crumbled
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c. fire roasted New Mexico green chile (or use red chile if you have it... or use both!)
2 tortillas to serve on the side, toasted (I heat them up on top of a gas stove until there are brown marks, careful not to burn!)
hot sauce for drizzling (I like Cholula), optional
On two plates, equally distribute the ingredients. First add the fried potatoes, then top with the fried eggs and the crumbled bacon. Sprinkle the cheese on top, then smother with green/red chile. If the cheese doesn't melt, pop the plate into the microwave for 20-30 seconds until the cheese melts. Drizzle with hot sauce, if you'd like, and sop up any goodie with a tortilla.
The toppings are really whatever you like... use sausage, leftover ground beef, shredded chicken or turkey! Don't like over easy eggs, use scrambled eggs! Use any melting cheese that you like! Use any chile you like, red or green or both or none at all! Use tortillas to sop up or use toasted bread or English muffins or bagels. Just pile up any of your favorite ingredients!