I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

Posted by admin on October - 18 - 2013 | 6 Comments

TortillaCook5My best pal Sabrina’s Dad has been one of my most avid fans from the beginning.  He’s a New Mexican through and through.  He reads each of my blog posts and then calls me with ideas for future stories.

I’ve known him my entire life, and today he’s in the hospital in Albuquerque, fighting a medical battle that may not have a happy ending.  It makes me incredibly sad to think of him not being around to read my blog posts about New Mexico, and so today, this one is just for you Lloyd.

It’s all about tortillas.  Lloyd and I used to have rather heated debates about how we handle our tortillas. He swore that the way people ate their tortillas was totally cultural.  I told him that it was a matter of personal taste. We’d have these discussions while sitting down to a bowl of Dorothy’s chile beans.  With tortillas, of course. And he’d say in his big gruff voice, ‘You need to write a blog post about it.  I bet you’d get everyone talking about how they hold their tortilla!”

Here’s what Lloyd does:  He tears off half a tortilla, an entire handful, folding it in half and then using it like a scoop, spooning his green chile stew into the open end and eating the entire thing in two bites.  Lloyd is a big guy, El Guapo to those of us who know him well, and devouring half a tortilla in a gulp is totally his style.

Frontier Restaurant green chile stew and western style hashbrowns

Frontier Restaurant green chile stew and western style hashbrowns

Not me.  I like to tear off a palm-sized piece of the tortilla and spoon my food onto the open faced bit, holding the end closed with my thumb and forefinger.  It takes me exactly three tortillas to get through a medium green chile stew and western style hash browns at the Frontier.

My friend Charlotte tears her tortilla into tiny bites, dropping them right into her stew, letting them get even softer in the broth before she scoops everything up on her spoon.

My friend Anna Marie used to tear her tortilla into quarters, dipping the corner into the broth and eating the tortilla with nothing other than a little juice dripping from it.

And then there are the purists, the folks who just butter their tortillas hot off the griddle and don’t worry about eating them with anything else. That makes me hungry for a tortilla right now.  Fresh from some Abuela’s griddle.

Here’s to Lloyd and all his story ideas.  I’m going to Albuquerque tomorrow to try to entice him to eat a pile of freshly made tortillas. I’m not 100% sure of what’s ailing him, but I’m pretty sure a hot tortilla may just be the cure he needs.

How do you hold your tortilla?

6 Responses so far.

  1. Ricardo Marroquin says:

    I’ll go with LLoyd, that is the way I hold my tortillas, I have been doing this forever. My best wishes for Lloyd’s recovery. Besides that I don’t think there is anyone more guapo than me.

  2. Hope says:

    I’m sorry for your friend’s struggle. AND, I eat my tortillas exactly like you do!

  3. Jane says:

    Prayers heading up for your friend. My tortilla style is a bite of stew, then a bite of tortilla.

  4. Betty Coslett says:

    Tortillas help cure everything–good home made ones. Am sending your friend lots of prayers and you can provide the tortillas. Both my husband and I butter our tortillas well, He fold his over in fourths and sometimes I roll mine. The tortilla has a great taste on it’s own merits and enhances other food. So with tortillas it’s a win-win situation.

  5. I have to say I take two pieces and use them as my utensils, I sometimes do not even use the real utensils. Prayers for a safe trip and for Lloyd and his familia.


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