Cooking & Food

Tomasita’s Offers Traditional Food and Service to People in Albuquerque

Tomasita’s originated in Santa Fe and has a deep-rooted history in New Mexico. They have been serving classic style New Mexican cuisine for over 40 years with recipes handed down over many generations. Owners Georgia Maryol and George Gundrey show us a made from scratch chile recipe that godmother of the restaurant, Tomasita Leyba first made.


  • Red chile pods or roasted chopped green chile
  • Flour
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic.

Recipe: Clean red chile pods (pull of stems, dump out seeds). Rinse chile 4 times. Soak for 4 hours. Blend pods with a little water into a paste (You can not freeze this paste for later use if you want to make a big batch), Put red chile paste into a pot to boil. Add water to make it the consistency you want Add salt and garlic. Boil for 20 minutes Make a roux: – heat up olive oil in a pan – add flour and stir constantly until it is golden brown but not burned. Add roux to chile. Stir well. Boil for 1 minute.

For information and a brief history of Tomasita’s, click here.