Chile ristras are likely the first thing you’ll notice when visiting New Mexico. For anyone who enjoys the southwestern aesthetic, the striking strings of dried or dried chile can be very appealing. New Mexico’s state colors are red and green, for the chile that everyone eats. These colors are even more common than Santa Fe’s color turquoise.
Chile Ristras are viewed as decoration by most people. They are beautiful but also great for cooking. They can keep their delicious flavor for up to three years. Hatch Red chile ristras are made with the sandia chile variety. It’s hot but not too spicy. This variety is spicy enough for those who love heat, but it won’t cause too much discomfort to novices. A fermentation process during drying gives the chile a deep, almost savory taste.
Red chile salsas are more than just delicious. They’re also extremely easy to prepare. The only thing you need to do is remove the stem and seed from the chile and blend it for 10 minutes with some garlic and onion powder. Next, boil it with chicken or vegetable stock. You can make a red-chile sauce in under an hour. It will also last for a year in your freezer.
It’s easy to take chile out of the bottom of your Ristra and push the string upwards to hide it. Even though the ristra is becoming shorter as you use them, it remains beautiful. This is a two-way decoration that can be used for both sustainability and beauty. Ristras are an amazing blessing.