I write novels of adventure and romance set in the Southwestern United States. The novels touch on local culture, including food. For my most recent romantic suspense, The Dead Man’s Treasure, I put together a recipe booklet of foods mentioned in the book, including this delightful breakfast classic. (See also my posts under the “recipe” label on my “Southwest Armchair Traveler” blog for many more New Mexico specialties.
2 bacon strips per person
1/2 cup hash browns per person
2 eggs per person
Salt and pepper to taste
Green chile to taste (or salsa if you can’t find green chile)
1 (8-inch) flour tortilla per person
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese per person
1 thinly-sliced green onion per person (optional)
Red or green chile sauce, enchilada sauce, or chopped chiles (optional)
- Use your favorite method to cook the bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1-2 tablespoons drippings.
- Add the hash browns to the bacon drippings in a skillet at medium heat. Cook until browned.
- Lightly beat the eggs with salt and pepper. Add to the skillet. Mix in the green chile and stir until the eggs are set.
- Divide the egg mixture between the tortillas, spooning it down the center.
- Sprinkle cheese, green onions, and bacon over eggs.
- Fold the tortilla into a burrito. Eat it out of hand, or smother the burrito with red or green chile sauce and eat it with a knife and fork.
- Use crumbled, cooked sausage, cubed ham, carne adovada (pork cooked with red chile), or chorizo instead of the bacon. Try different cheeses. Or make a veggie version with sautéed mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, and diced tomatoes.
- For a group, you can let people add their own choice of meat, cheese, and veggie.
- You can make a large batch, wrap each burrito in waxed paper and aluminum foil, and freeze for up to a month. To heat, remove the foil and place the waxed paper-wrapped burritos on a plate. Microwave at 60% power until hot, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Rebecca Westin is shocked to learn the grandfather she never knew has left her a bona fide buried treasure – but only if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. The hunt would be challenging enough without interference from her half-siblings, who are determined to find the treasure first and keep it for themselves. Good thing Rebecca has recruited some help.
Sam is determined to show Rebecca that a desert adventure can be sexy and fun. But there’s a treacherous wildcard in the mix, a man willing to do anything to get that treasure – and revenge.
Action and romance combine in this lively Southwestern adventure, complete with riddles the reader is invited to solve to identify historical and cultural sites around New Mexico. See the DMT page of Kris Bock’s website for a printable list of the clues and recipes from the book.
The Mad Monk’s Treasure is the first of the Southwest Treasure Hunters novels. The Dead Man’s Treasure is book 2 and The Skeleton Canyon Treasure is book 3. Each novel stands alone and is complete, with no cliffhangers. This series mixes action and adventure with mostly “closed door” romance. The stories explore the Southwest, especially New Mexico.