10 Facts about the NM Chile – Red or Green?

The infamous New Mexico Chile is seen almost everywhere in

Santa Fe and beyond. green chile

From burgers to artwork, you will see it’s colorful mark.

Here are 10 interesting facts about the New Mexican Chile to impress your friends…

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1. New Mexico has an official state question: “Red or Green?” to signify whether someone prefers red or green chile on their food.

2. The green chile burger originated in New Mexico.

3. Over 4,000 jobs are provided by New Mexico’s chile industry.

4. New Mexico’s state vegetables are the chile pepper & Pinto bean.

5. New Mexico has a chile trail – perfect for the weekend exploration.

6. The green chile is the red chile and the red chile is the green chile. When the chile is fresh it is green…it is only after it is allowed to dry in the sun that it turns red.

7. The green chile is rich in vitamin C. In fact, one medium sized green chile packs as much C as 6 oranges!

8. Hatch, NM is the chile capitol of the world.

9. Teas and lozenges are made with chiles for the treatment of a soar throat.

10. Wild chiles are spread by birds because birds do not have the receptors in their mouths to feel the heat.

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Here is a delicious recipe for you to try this wonderful NM staple at home. Courtesy of Young Guns Produce, in Hatch, NM. Enjoy!



For 8 people ()


  • 3 cup(s) peeled, cored, chopped tomatoes
  • 3 cup(s) Fire Roasted Diced Young Guns Hatch Green Chile
  • 3/4 cup(s) chopped onions
  • 1 part(s) jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 6 part(s) cloves garlice, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) vinegar, white or cider
  • 2 teaspoon(s) oregeno leaves
  • 2 teaspoon(s) cilantro leaves
  • 1 pinch(es) salt

Preparation time: 30m

Cooking time: 30m

Hatch Green Chile Salsa Directions

  1. Wash tomatoes, dip in boiling water for 30-60 seconds or until skins split and then dip into cold water. Slip off skins, remove cores and chop. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and heat, stirring frequently, until mixture boils. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Ladle into hot pint jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Dip and enjoy!

green chile salsa

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