Every corner of the world has a unique flavor. Local cuisine is rooted in the core of a community’s identity. If you want to fully experience a specific culture, you must try the food.
The American Southwest is a prime destination for year-round travelers. Along with stunning Sonoran sunsets and forests of immense saguaro cacti, the region is filled of bold flavors – from the spiciest peppers to the sweetest citrus. These important dishes are part of a complex tapestry of traditional recipes that have contributed to a rich history and reputation for piquancy.
New Mexico Christmas Burrito
New Mexico is the only state with an official question – “Red or green?” It refers to the decision for chile sauce that every resident or visitor must tackle when they order one of the state’s famous burritos. In fact, both flavors are so tempting that many New Mexican restaurants offer a popular “Christmas” option, which smothers the burrito in both red and green chile sauce.
Arizona Cactus Candy
The Sonoran Desert is home to a diverse family of cacti. From the towering saguaro to the fuzzy cholla, these prickly plants are a symbol for the state. Cactus candy is traditional treat that’s unique to the American Southwest. It is made from small chunks of prickly pear cactus palms, dipped in sweet syrup and sugar. The candy is a rare treat that’s made primarily by local vendors. If you have a sweet tooth, it’s a must-have for your next visit.
Fruit and natural sugars make this traditionally Mexican drink a sweet treat for all southwestern locals. There are many varieties and flavors including lime, strawberry, grapefruit, mango and more. Whichever flavor you choose, the alcoholic ingredient is tequila, which is softened by the addition of fruit, sugar, salt and sometimes ice. This drink can be found throughout the U.S., however nothing compares to a cold margarita, prepared with local southwestern ingredients, on a hot summer day in the dessert.
Is your stomach rumbling yet? While you can find these dishes outside of the American Southwest, you won’t get the full flavor and experience until you’ve had them prepared by local hands and with local ingredients. Plan your trip to the Southwest and Go. Get. Rewarded. when you use points to get free nights. Best Western Rewards points never expire and can be used at any of our 4,100+ locations worldwide.