New Mexican Christmas Greens – Brand New Vegan

My new favorite breakfast is – New Mexican Christmas Greens! Especially if you are trying to find ways to add more greens to your diet.

bowl of New Mexican red Chile covering chopped slash greens with a potato

Like many others, I too struggle with following Dr. Esselstyn’s recommendation of eating 6 servings of greens a day.

So one morning as I was preparing my McDougall breakfast potato, I added a handful of chopped greens (spinach, chard, and kale) to a bowl while my potato was microwaving.

Then I covered the greens with red chile sauce, topped that with my partially cooked potato, added some green chile sauce as well, and finished microwaving the whole thing.


The red and green chile together is what they call “Christmas” in New Mexico, and was just the flavor bomb I needed to make the greens virtually undetectable.

So this is not exactly a recipe, per se, but a method you might use to get yet another serving of those nitric-oxide-bearing greens into your daily diet.

Ingredients for New Mexican Christmas Greens

chopped salad greens covered with New Mexican red Chile

Again, when I use the term Christmas here I am not talking about the upcoming holiday, but rather the use of red and green chile sauce together which is common in most New Mexican restaurants.

When you place your order your server will ask you “red or green?”, referring to which sauce you want on your food, the red chile sauce or the green. If you can’t decide they will give you a little of both, and they call that “Christmas”.

Luckily, for this recipe, I had just made some of my New Mexican Red Chile Sauce which is super easy to make with those dried chile pods you see in the grocery stores.

For the green chile, you can use those little cans you find in the store… but I like the big jars of 505 brand Green Chile Sauce as I think they have much better flavor.

a potato covered with green Chile sitting on top of a bed of salad greens and New Mexican red Chile sauce

As for the rest of the ingredients, it’s totally up to you what you use. For my breakfast recipe, I used:

  • One big handful of Supergreens (spinach, kale, and chard)
  • One large russet potato
  • About ¾ cup of red chile sauce
  • About ½ cup of green chile sauce
  • Cilantro for garnish (and added greens)

Preparing the New Mexican Christmas Bowl

New Mexican Christmas greens

As I said, this is not exactly a recipe, but what I did was finely chop the greens and add them to a large bowl.

Then cover them with the red chile sauce, cold, right out of the jar.

My microwave has a POTATO button that is 4 minutes, so I added my potato to my potato express steamer bag and cooked it for about half of that time, or 2 minutes.

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Next, I cut my potato in half and arranged it on top of my greens and red chile, then spooned some green chile over that and finished microwaving.

Garnish with cilantro or whatever you like and enjoy this little taste of New Mexico! It’s so colorful, it’s very healthy, and it tastes absolutely delicious.

Hope you enjoy it and I hope it gives you yet another way to prepare those life-saving greens I know so many of us are lacking.


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New Mexican Christmas Greens

  • Author:
    Chuck Underwood

  • Prep Time:
    1 min

  • Cook Time:
    5 min

  • Total Time:
    6 minutes

  • Yield:
    1 serving 1x

  • Method:

  • Cuisine:

  • Diet:


My new favorite breakfast is –  New Mexican Christmas Greens! Especially if you are trying to find ways to add more greens to your diet. 





  1. Chop greens and add to a large bowl
  2. Partially microwave a potato then carefully cut it in half
  3. Cover greens with red chile then lay potato halves on top
  4. Spoon green chile sauce over potatoes then finish microwaving until potatoes are tender
  5. Garnish with cilantro if desired

Keywords: New Mexican Christmas Greens, Esselstyn, New Mexican Red Chile

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