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New Mexico Christmas'Burgeosa with Chipotle Lime Mayo

The degree of chile hotness, when ordering food in New Mexico is, "Red or Green?". This "Christmas" burger combines both our famous red & green pepper & meats, with a creamy & spicy, chipotle lime mayo, for a delectable taste of the Land of Enchantment - "Just say "Christmas"!


2 lbs. lean hamburger
1/4 lb. chorizo (casings removed)
2 sm. cans chopped green chiles
(4 oz., drained)- Choose mild, med. or hot to your taste
2 tbsp. Sutterhome Cabernet Sauvignon wine
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
12 slices Pepperjack Cheese
6 Onion buns, sliced in half
6 lettuce leaves (preferably red leaf for extra color)
1-2 red onions, sliced, to cover 1 side of 6 buns
3 large sliced Hass avocados, sliced to cover 6 bun halves
2 large Beefsteak tomatoes (or more as required for smaller variety tomatoes) sliced, to cover 6 bun halves
Sauce: Chipotle Lime Mayo
1 cup light mayonnaise
1 tbsp. jarred minced garlic (fresh if preferred)
Zest of one lime, grated Juice of that lime, squeezed
From one can of 7. oz. Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce - 2 chopped chipotles, & 1 tsp. adobo sauce.
Salt & Pepper to taste


1. Prepare & mix Chipotle Lime Mayo & chill 2. Heat grill to medium high. Brush with olive oil. 3. Combine ground beef, chorizo, wine, and chopped green chile, salt and pepper lightly, but thoroughly. 4. Lightly shape into 6 patties. 5. Place patties on grid. Grill, uncovered 13-15 minutes, to medium (160 degrees) until not pink in center, turning occasionally. 6. After 1/2 cooking time (or when ready for final flop), place 2 slices cheese on top of each burger. Continue grilling until burgers are done and cheese is melted. 7. Remove burgers and place on paper towels to drain. 8. Place on onion buns on grill until lightly toasted. This can be done while cooking, when you think the 'Burgeoas are close to being done). 9. Slather buns with Chipotle mayo sauce. Assemble with burger, onion, lettuce, avocado, and tomato slices.


I hope my Christmas 'Burgeoas will impress your judges & potential cooks as a new and exciting offering to your fabulous contest - right from New Mexico, with all it's fantastic flavors! I'm a newcomer here after two years, and have had a ball discovering this unique cuisine! Thank you for offering this contest. This is been so much fun to contemplate, plan for, test with friends, & dream about being there with y'all in the cook-off to show our NM stuff! Hope to see you in the Napa Valley! Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions. Michelle