Above: Tsimayó hot sauce. Photograph by Douglas Merriam.
Finally, you can get a jab of tang and heat from a local hot sauce, made with cherished heirloom red chiles grown in the village of Chimayó. The Tsimayó hot sauce company’s Milagro Blend debuted earlier this year to rave reviews at the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show in Albuquerque. The company is the brainchild of former Washington, D.C.–based defense contractor Dennis Garcia, who bought a farm in Chimayó and began growing chiles under the tutelage of lifelong chile grower José Alfonso Martinez. Garcia created the Milagro Blendto showcase their unique flavor. The vinegar-based sauce also includes Tabasco peppers and habaneros, but it maintains a moderate heat with big flavor. Put one of these squeeze bottles on your table to splash on burgers, drizzle on eggs, and swirl into beans.