Food Finds: Pueblo, Colorado
|Breakfast - at "Aunt Patsy's" aka, Aunt Pat's house. Home-made|
egg burritos with the Saulters/Hocking Chilie Sauce
and the famous Wellert Family Fruit Soup
We hit up Burrito's Betty for our first breakfast. $3.50 gets you a huge-ass burrito bursting out of its flour tortilla case, filled with eggs, meat, potatoes and the most delectable green chile sauce. For those of you like me, unfamiliar with South Eastern Colorado's version of a Chile sauce, Green Chile Sauce is a sort of gravy, made with browned pork shoulder, a bit of onion and garlic, roasted Anaheim or Poblano or the Pueblo Chile, some diced chopped tomatoes, water, cumin and either flour or cornstarch as a thickener. It's not very spicy although some restaurants can make on the zestier side.
|Red and Green Chile Sauce|
|Quaint and Cute - Burrito's Betty|
|Just enough room to order at the counter|
|A small waiting area|
|Nate and Oma Maggie - kidding around|
Our meal at Romero's was very good. Inexpensive, quick and filling. I had tamales filled with chorizo and served with rice, refried beans, smothered in green and red chile sauce. It was HOT. Fiery HOT. My ears and face turned bright red. It didn't stop me from mopping up my plate with the flour tortilla though.
Pueblo "Slopper", a very unusual and surprisingly tasty hamburger combination of: a hamburger bun, a burger, topped with green chile sauce, cheese and french fries. Another heart-attack on a plate meal. I added some extra onions and salsa for a bit more kick. And if there hadn't been so many other good things to eat, I may have had a second helping of these. Like I said, I ate like it was 2007 - when I was eating without thinking. Our family told us about the "Slopper" and we saw a few road-side signs at restaurants advertising them. It's one of those "you have to see it and eat it to believe how good it is" meals.
I'm hoping I can make a version of the Pueblo Chile Sauce soon, and I'll blog the results. In the meantime, I have to get back to eating sensibly. As much as I love the food in Pueblo and the South West, they sure don't know much about fresh vegetables and fruit!