NEW MEXICO CHILE
There are not many things New Mexicans cherish more than chile. The best green chile in the world is grown in the fertile Hatch and Rio Grande Valleys in New Mexico. For many generations, chile has been part of the rich culture and heritage New Mexico is famous for. New Mexico Chiles are a staple ingredient in the state’s most popular culinary dishes. Locals and visitors alike slather their food with chile, share recipes passed down from tias, abuelas — aunts and grandmothers, and argue over who makes the best rellenos.
In 1999, the New Mexico legislature adopted an official state question “red vs. green chile”. For anyone who has dined in a traditional New Mexico restaurant you have likely been asked which type of chile you prefer -“red or green chile”. The debate over red vs. green chile will likely last for generations to come.
New Mexico chiles possess such an exceptional reputation for taste and flavor that many chile producers outside of New Mexico attempt to brand their product inaccurately as “New Mexico chiles”. Recently the New Mexico Chile Advertising Act was passed by the New Mexico legislature along with Governor Susana Martinez to make it unlawful for businesses to advertise their product as being made with New Mexico chiles unless the chile was actually grown in New Mexico. More chile peppers are grown in New Mexico than all other states making it truly the chile capital of the world. The New Mexico chile industry provides around 5,000 jobs to the local economy.
To celebrate the history of chile in New Mexico, the city of Hatch hosts the annual Hatch Chile Festival during Labor Day Weekend. This festival has entertained visitors and locals for more than forty years. In addition to this festival, the Green Chile Cheeseburger trail was established to showcase the region’s best cheeseburgers. Chile truly is addictive and people travel from all over the United States to enjoy the amazing chile flavors New Mexico has to offer. Click HERE
to visit the Hatch Chile Festival website.