Tastes of the Wild West

Post by Sharon

The western US has a reputation for outlaws, bandits, vigilantes, gold, and open spaces. But, one of the most endearing ways to experience it (other than Spaghetti Western films and dude ranches) is to enjoy a taste of it. This can be done anywhere with the ability to order all kinds of delicacies these days. 

Above are samples of the fun sodas in Tombstone, AZ.

Sarsaparilla is a western standard. This has a root beer'ish flavor.

The Wild West diet was influenced by the diet of the Native People including corn, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peanuts, pepper, avocadoes, pumpkins, wild rice, and beans. The cowboys depended a lot on beans, hard biscuits, dried fruit and meats, and coffee. 

The flavors of the Wild West diet revolve around peppers, chili powder, cayenne, red pepper flakes, garlic, ancho chili, smoked paprika, coriander, cumin, and onion.

Each region has its specialties too, like Colorado's green chili, Tucson's Sonoran Dogs, and New Mexico's red chili sauce.

If you're interested in some of the best Native American recipes, try this site - LINK