Reader: Until I moved here, I'd never associated Denver with green chile

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Lori Midson
Green chile at Boone's, our 2013 Best of Denver winner.
"Love Denver, but our culinary options are weak," says Luke, in response to our current hunt for a dish that defines Denver. Other readers have strong contenders, though: beer, steaks, breakfast burritos and Mexican hamburgers -- smothered with Colorado's homegrown version of green chile, of course.

That Colorado has its own green chile, a distinct variation on New Mexico's green, often comes as a surprise to people who haven't lived in Denver for at least a weekend. But it's hard to avoid here -- and so are the heated debates over the best green chile not just in Denver, but the Southwest.

See also: Beer and green chile-smothered Den-Mex -- our culinary claims to fame!

Says Beth:

Until I moved here last October, I had never associated Denver with green chile. I had heard of the beer association, of course, but I hadn't heard of any specific food association, except maybe steak, since this area has an association with cattle drives.
What else does Beth need to know about the food in her new hometown? What does she need to know about the differences between Colorado and New Mexico green chile? And where should she go for the best green chile in town? (Our 2013 Best of Denver winner was Boone's.)



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41 comments
Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

I think if you've traveled much what you'll find that Colorado is most famous for is Rocky Ford Cantaloupes, Olathe Sweet Corn, and maybe the best lamb in the world.  Green chile wouldn't even make the top 50 list.

Kathleen Arroyo
Kathleen Arroyo

little anitas...which incidentally is a NM chain, but still my all time fav around.

genoandsusieclark
genoandsusieclark

head straight to Brighton, and eat green chili all day long :)

Steven DeZort
Steven DeZort

breakfast king and santiagos gas station burritos. the hot ones.

Heather Ashley Davis
Heather Ashley Davis

Enjoy the variety! There are a lot of delicious ethnic and specialty restaurants that cater to all palates. Ethiopian, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, and the list goes on!

James Gold
James Gold

Avoid burrito joints where the burritos look like they've been vomited on.

Rob Karnisky
Rob Karnisky

For the best Mexican food I always go to Deli Cioso in Longmont!

Nando Commando
Nando Commando

Talk to me before you try anything. Fernando knows all.

Mark Paco Slosky
Mark Paco Slosky

Marcyzks on 17th Ave has some of the best kick ass green chili anywhere! It will light you up!

Don Severns
Don Severns

We have yet to find any place here in Jax that even offers green chili!!

Julie Barrickman
Julie Barrickman

I would never want someone that I care about to ever eat that cat sick lol

Sarah Castle
Sarah Castle

I always tell people that all we eat in Denver is Sticks and Berries! (I love the organic way we eat, my husband moved here from the South and lost tons of weight eating sticks and berries :P )

Justin Miller
Justin Miller

The green chile in Denver is terrible. Go to new Mexico if you want to the real, hot, and full flavor green chile.

Steve Oelrich
Steve Oelrich

As I told a newcomer from Germany: "You might want to develop a taste for jalapeños."

Vin Leone
Vin Leone

looks like last nights dinner

Vin Leone
Vin Leone

looks like someone drank to much and vomited on it

Matt Morava
Matt Morava

Denver loves to party. Pick the party you like and the food will follow.

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

The best green chili in Denver is served at Brewery Bar II.

Jason Hornyak
Jason Hornyak

Put it in your mouth and chew it before you swallow

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

the best green chile in town?
my house

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