Yikes! Food Critic Bourdain Slams New Mexico Frito Pie

Sep 30, 2013

Food critic Anthony Bourdain recently featured New Mexico cuisine on an episode of CNN's "Parts Unknown."

However, the famed taster did not have kind words to say about the "World Famous" Frito pies sold at Santa Fe's well-known Five & Dime General Store's snack bar.

Bourdain says the dish tasted as if it was made with canned Hormel Chili and a "day-glow orange cheese-like substance." He then charged that the local favorite really wasn't even a New Mexico meal, but rather a Texas creation. He says New Mexicans should leave recipe to the Texans.

Mike Collins, store manager of the Five & Dime, says Bourdain was "complete wrong" on the store's Frito pie. He says their version is made from homemade chile grown in New Mexico and remains popular.

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