Readers: There's no such thing as Colorado green chile!

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Doubters! Although anyone who lives and eats in Denver quickly recognizes that Colorado cuisine includes a particular variation of green chile -- goopy, soupy and porkorific -- there are still those who doubt that there's a particular green native to this state.

Blixco for example;


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).

And Lingrish:

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.

Casey Brown goes further:

"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.

And, once again, Mantonat gets the final word:

I think Casey meant Ted's Montana. If you Google Montana and green chile, this blog is one of the top results.

Find our "Five Best Green Chile Fixes" here.



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Georgejessica
Georgejessica

I have been all over the united states, I have never found pork green Chile not even in the grocery store. Here in Colorado we pride ourselves on our green Chile, we don't eat that chili Verde crap. And yes we carry it in every grocery store! I bought cases of green Chile to send to my father in law down in California cause they never gears of it out there.

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