Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Chicos a traditional Pueblo food.(Food)

Byline: New Mexico's Own PATRICIA AARON For the Journal

Q. What are chicos and how are they used? Also, what is the difference between menudo and posole?

A: When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the New World in the 1500s, they were entertained by Native American tribes on both continents, who offered them several varieties of dishes made with corn and chile peppers.

Chicos are cooked and dried kernels of immature (green) corn. Pueblo peoples have prepared these for hundreds of years. Other cultures lack the crucial component needed for making chicos the horno, or a large adobe oven.

Traditional chicos are made by heating a horno until the embers are red hot, filling it with unhusked corn and sealing it shut for the night. …

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