La Posta Cook Book



This original version of the La Posta de Mesilla Cook Book was created in 1971 by our beloved founder, Katy. On September 16, 1939, an entrepreneurial 25 year old Katy Griggs opened her “little chile joint” and named it La Posta. Her uncle, Edgar Griggs, loved his niece and admired her independent streak so much that he actually sold Katy the historic adobe property that would become La Posta for a mere “one dollar, love and affection”.


With just four tables on a dirt floor, her mother cooking in the back, Katy greeted guests and manned the cash register that day in 1939. Those that visited La Posta on opening day were treated to New Mexican dishes prepared from century old recipes handed down over the years from the Fountain, Chavez & Griggs Families. Over 75 years later, La Posta has become a favorite dining spot for locals and visitors alike.

The original edition of this book went out of print in the 1980’s, but we were able to work with a publishing house that recreated the exact same look and feel of the authentic La Posta Cook Book that Katy put together over 40 years ago!

This little cook book features Katy’s original recipes including La Posta’s famous Red Chile, Chile con Carne, Tamales, Rellenos, Salsa “y mas”! It includes original artwork by the Southwest’s renowned artist Carolyn Bunch, as well as Katy’s wit & tips for making some of the best New Mexican cuisine ever.

This 34-page, softbound book makes a great gift for those who remember coming to La Posta as children or on visits through Mesilla, or for those who still live in the area and want a piece of Mesilla’s history.

As Katy was often heard quoting, “Panza llena…Corazon contento” (Full Stomach…Happy Heart!) Enjoy!