Green Chile Season is Good Reason to Celebrate at Bueno Foods
Green chile season is here! Green chiles have become synonymous with the state of New Mexico. Largely responsible for this association, Bueno Foods has established itself as a purveyor of family values and Southwestern cuisine. This year, the business celebrates its 65th anniversary of delivering high-quality, New Mexico green chile throughout the U.S. community, while maintaining a strong commitment to its local Albuquerque home.
Based in the Barelas neighborhood in the South Valley of Albuquerque, Bueno Foods, founded by the Baca brothers in 1951, grew out of their attempts to save their family-owned grocery store when larger chains were pushing smaller local proprietors out of business. The company started with an imaginative spark and a mission to bring New Mexican culinary traditions to the world. Thus, Bueno Foods became the first company to flame roast New Mexico green chiles and freeze them, making Green Chile season a local autumn tradition enjoyable year-round.
In order to succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavor 65 years ago, the Baca brothers had to start their business from the ground-up. Because no company had previously flame roasted chiles on a commercial scale, there were no method or tools available. The brothers manufactured their own equipment and invented the process for flame roasting green chile to bring the taste of New Mexico to the masses. This ingenious spirit continues today as the second generation of the Baca family are at the reins of Bueno Foods. Jacqueline, Eugene, Catherine, and Ana Baca continue to hold dear the mission, vision, and spirit established by their fathers and uncles, including a commitment to the local community.
“My family feels honored to be headquartered in the same neighborhood in Albuquerque, New Mexico where my father and uncles grew up,” said Jacqueline Baca, president of Bueno Foods. “My brother and I have run our company for more than 30 years now, carrying on our family’s legacy of entrepreneurship and preservation of our New Mexico culture. My siblings and my commitment has been to build a growing middle class by providing good paying jobs to New Mexicans and offering training and opportunity for advancement.”
While the product line started with flame-roasted green chile, it has since expanded to tortillas, sauces, prepared products, and more. The company’s newest label, BUENATURAL®, includes organic, non-GMO, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly offerings. Bueno Foods offers a taste of the rich food culture of the Southwest to the rest of the nation, bringing traditional dishes such as green chile enchiladas, salsa verde, pork chile verde, green chile stew, and green chile cornbread to kitchens across the nation.
With a history firmly rooted in embracing tradition, Bueno Foods and its executives have been continually recognized for their community service, eco-consciousness, quality, and innovation, as well as being known as a positive economic engine in the New Mexico economy via the export of its vast product catalog throughout the U.S.
To find out more about Bueno Foods, please visit www.BuenoFoods.com.
To celebrate green chile season in your home here are a couple of recipes using Bueno Foods Frozen Green Chiles:
Calabacitas con Chile Verde
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
¼ medium onion finely chopped
1 13 oz. container BUENO® Frozen Green Chile
2 medium zucchini squash chopped (not peeled)
¾ cup frozen corn
2 cloves garlic minced
⅛ tsp. salt
⅛ tsp. pepper
Heat oil over low heat in a non-stick skillet. Sauté onion in oil.
Add frozen green chile. Cook on low heat (minimum 165ºF) for 15-20 minutes.
Add zucchini and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add corn, garlic, salt and pepper.
Cook uncovered over low heat for 8 minutes or until squash is tender.
Green Chile Glazed Chicken Wings for Green Chile Season
8 chicken wings cooked
1 13oz BUENO® Green Chile
¼ cup honey
¼ cup sugar
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
3 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. minced ginger
2 Tbsp. Peanut oil
½ tsp BUENO® Crushed Red Pepper flakes
salt to taste
¼ cup green onions thinly sliced
Add green chile, honey, sugar, soy sauce and garlic powder to saucepan.
Cook on medium heat for 10 -15 minutes to caramelize sugars and thicken.
Add peanut oil, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt (optional) and ginger. Heat additional 1-2 minutes.
Combine wing pieces with the glaze in saucepan and toss to cover and coat wing pieces evenly.
Transfer the glazed wings to a serving platter and garnish with the sliced green onions. Serve immediately.