Little Anita's chile no longer vegetarian -- for now?

Categories: Vegetarian

Lori Midson
Is this green chile vegetarian?
After a reader tipped us off that the much-loved vegetarian chile at Little Anita's is no longer vegetarian, we contacted Giselda Lopez, the store manager at the location at 6830 South Yosemite Street in Centennial, to get the scoop.

"We just changed it not too long ago," she said. The green and red chile at all five of the Little Anita's locations in the metro area were previously made with water, she explained. but the kitchens recently replaced that with a beef base to help thicken the chile. Still, she assured us that Little Anita's would soon be offering a meat-free chile. "And we're going to have a specific menu that's only vegetarian," she added.

That was such interesting news that we contacted the corporate headquarters of Little Anita's, which is based in Albuquerque, to find out more. We've left messages for Mr. Big at Little Anita's for a week now and have yet to get an official response. Unofficially, an employee there confirmed that both the red chile and green chile contain beef stock, but said the store at 1550 South Colorado Boulevard would soon introduce (or is that reintroduce?) a vegetarian green chile.

Which came as news to a staffer at that location when we stopped by. Sure, the green chile was vegetarian, she told us -- if you didn't count the meat in the stock.

Vegetarians, beware.

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So disturbing! I frequently eat there and have asked so many times to ensure the chile is vegetarian. I recently asked again and I was told by the staff that they were never told the recipe was changed to include meat. L Gutierrez states "we get it!", but I don't think he understands that he has many people who are loyal to his company and believe what we are told about the ingredients in the food he serves- especially vegetarians who are more loyal and grateful to restaurant owners who understand our diet.


This is brutal, I eat there about once a week (Colorado blvd location), and always have the blue corn cheese enchiladas christmas style. I always ask about the chile when I got to new places, but here I've just assumed the chile was vegetarian as it has been for at least the last 6 years.

Please bring back the veggie chile!!


Im sorry I did not respond to your phone calls I was out of town. Little Anita's since last week has had vegetarian green chile available in every restaurant. We are very clear that our customers in Colorado want vegetarian items, We get it.! We are currently working on new menus with additional vegetarianitems and should be done in about a month.

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veggie girl
veggie girl

That's awful! Little Anita's was my favorite.

sad vegetarian
sad vegetarian

This is terrible news! Good vegetarian green chile is hard to find. This is the reason I frequent Little Anita's.

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