Readers: Is the best green chile in Pueblo? Or is it just hot snot?

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In Denver, no food inspires more heated discussion than green chile -- that thick, porky concoction that's native to this state. After we served up our list of "Denver's five best green chile fixes, everyone weighed in with their favorites: Benny's, Santiago's, Brewery Bar II, La Loma. Everyone, that is, except the people who hate the very idea of Colorado-style green chile. People like greenchilehater:

Green Chile is disgusting. It's hot snot. Denver is obsessed with hot snot over nasty burritos, then smothered again with American cheese.

Then again, there are fans like Jon S, who offered more food for thought:

Overall this is a worthy list for Denver and some of my favorites around town. However, I have to say that when you are talking Colorado-style green chile, the best is made in Southern Colorado, especially Pueblo. This is the rare (and probably only) case of Pueblo cuisine being superior to Denver. For all the fuss Denverites make about green chile, you have to look far and wide to find a chile that would rate even on the low end of average for Pueblo. Heck, your average joint in Walsenburg or Trinidad makes a green chile that puts most Denver versions to shame.

I suspect part of the issue is the fascination we have with Hatch chili peppers here in Denver. While those are excellent peppers, Pueblo chilis, the Mirasol in particular, are superior. At least for making Colorado-style green chile. It would be nice if a few restaurants in Denver would figure out how to make a proper Colorado green chile from their colleagues in Pueblo.

Have a favorite green chile in Denver? In Pueblo? Add it to the list that's started after our "Denver's five best green chile fixes," or post it below.

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bullwinkles65
bullwinkles65

Chili coupons $5.00 off at roasted chili. Com

They have fresh mosca ( mirasol) daily at all their locations in Corado

dcissell
dcissell

When it comes to green chile, Pueblo is king! In particular, I like a restaurant called Nachos on 4th & Santa Fe in Pueblo. I've lived in Denver/Boulder for the last 12 years & found nothing that compares. Also, the Chili & Frijole Fest in Pueblo this weekend is amazing. You buy 30 lbs bushels of still hot roasted Pueblo chilis from local farmers. It does not get fresher or better than this!

cathie joy young
cathie joy young

Pueblo green chili is superior and it is due to the fresh Pueblo (Mirasol) chiles. 

Dan
Dan

The fact that you think green chile is "native" to Colorado is preposterous! Most of the green chile you're referring to comes from Hatch (mentioned by another writer) New Mexico. That's New Mexico, not Old Mexico, and certainly not Colorado. In my experience, the further you get from the New Mexico border into Colorado, the lamer the chile. But if you crave the real thing, you have to get all the way to Santa Fe before it gets good. Get a grip! Colorado? No...

Alcon
Alcon

I was brought up eating Pueblo chile, I know its the best ever. I go every year to Colorado State fair and then I get my bushels of green chile to last me from Sept to Sept. YUMMY,

Blixco
Blixco

New Mexico invented the stuff. Green chile stew is a native invention. Silly Coloradans. Stick to the plains foods you do well (beer, for instance).

Lngrish
Lngrish

never even heard of Colorado-style chile. Sound kinda scary. I'd have to taste it. Hatch is still my choice. Whoever called chile hot snot is just that, snot.

Colochickie
Colochickie

Come to Pueblo for the Chili & Frijole Fest in September (third weekend after Labor Day and you can sample dozens of very distinctive style of chili using our wonderful Mirasol chiles, and get a taste of Pueblo!

Casey Brown
Casey Brown

"Native to this state"? Puh-lease! I've had green chile (or more often chile verde) throughout the west, from Montana to New Mexico, Colorado to Nevada. I have a hard time believing the dish originated here (unless you're referring to the mediocre version prominent throughout Denver--gloppy and overly thickened with flour, using canned chiles, and only having the occasional fleck of pork.)

By all means, keep writing about it. And it's only natural that everyone will have their own favorite version. But please stop pretending the dish (or people's love of it) is somehow unique to Denver.

Ndevir
Ndevir

You can find the good stuff as far North as Taos, NM in my experience.

calhounp
calhounp

where have you found green chile in Montana? I've looked for thirty years.

Mantonat
Mantonat

I think Casey meant Ted's Montana. If you Google Montana and green chile, this blog is one of the top results. Interestingly, there was also an article about some farmer who has started growing green chiles as a crop there, so maybe a good bowl of the green isn't too far behind.

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