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South of the border, Colorado style

Wren Wertin

Chile con queso: **The Saloon in Minturn rules the valley with their chile con queso. It’s got all kinds of goodies in it, and hits the spot after a trek down the Minturn Mile.

Burrito: If I’m feeling particularly healthy, I head to **Flying Burrito in Lionshead for a sweet potato burrito. It consists of a large flour tortilla topped with smashed sweet potato, black beans, spinach, pineapple-jalapeno salsa, cheese and sour cream. It’s too big to finish, but I usually do anyhow. For a no-holds-barred smothered burrito, I prefer **Fiesta Jalisco’s vegetarian burrito with their spicy sauce, which hints at a mole (**moe-lay, a traditional Mexican sauce with endless variations). Refried beans, vegetables and avocado are found in abundance. Their accompanying chips often arrive at the table warm, and their salsa has a generous kick.

Chile relleno: Hands down, the best chile relleno in town is at Fiesta’s! Cafe and Cantina in Edwards. They’ve been buying their green chiles from the same Colorado farm since they opened; a couple of times a year they get an extra spicy batch and offer them to their diners. My favorite is the traditional cheese-filled chile, fried crispy and topped with their house-made green chile. (Order a flour tortilla on the side, then fold the relleno with lettuce and tomatoes inside, turning it into finger food.) They also have rellenos stuffed with chicken or shrimp and smothered in their white jalapeno sauce.

Ceviche: **Agave in Avon has two types of ceviche, mahi mahi and shrimp. Ceviche is a traditional fish dish wherein the fish is “cooked” by the acid in the lime juice; it’s found in both coastal and inland towns throughout Mexico. Agave’s has plenty of lime juice and cilantro.

Fish tacos: **Mango’s is not a Mexican restaurant per se, but their fish tacos are local legends. Deep fried, they’re succulent delights topped with lettuce, tomato and a special sauce. Two of them make a meal.

Enchiladas: I like two completely different types of chicken enchiladas. **Fiesta’s! serves them rolled with a white jalapeno sauce, **Los Amigos on Bridge Street serves them layered with green chile. Both are tasty.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.

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