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The Best Cheap Eats in Albuquerque

New Mexico is officially the "Land of Enchantment" and unofficially the "Land of the Best Chiles You'll Ever Have." But Albuquerque also offers plenty of other inexpensive, eclectic food options, including international fare and sweet temptations.

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Huevos Rancheros at the Range Café

A bed of blue-corn tortillas topped with eggs, in turn topped with white cheddar: There are worse ways to start the morning. Served until 3 p.m., the huevos rancheros at the Range Café also come with beans, potatoes, chili, and a sprinkling of lettuce and tomatoes — you won't be hungry for a long time afterward. They clock in at $9.99 at this popular diner with four locations around town.

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Carne Adovada Plate at Mary & Tito's Cafe

Carne adovada is pork that is marinated in a red-chile blend, resulting in meat that is tender, spicy and incomparably flavorful. You'll find arguably the most-renowned version in Albuquerque at James Beard Award-winning Mary & Tito's Cafe. The classic restaurant serves carne adovada in various forms, including enchiladas, pizza, flautas or with beans and rice (all $7.95), or stuffed into a sopaipilla, a deep-fried dough pocket ($7.25).

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Tacos at Taqueria Mexico

This authentic taqueria beckons with its red-white-and-green-striped exterior and the line that tends to form at its takeout window. Pictured are the barbacoa tacos ($2.30 each a la carte); other menu highlights include fajitas, tortas and, for the adventurous diner, menudo (beef tripe stew) and lengua (cow tongue) tacos.

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Doughnut Medley at Rebel Donut

Rebel, Rebel, we love you so. This doughnut shop with an upbeat, offbeat edge offers treats you won't find elsewhere. In addition to the classics, the selection here includes creative concoctions like the Red Chile Chocolate Bacon doughnut and the Blue Sky (which looks kind of like Walter White's trade good of choice on Breaking Bad), made with blue cotton-candy icing and rock candy.

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