Readers: It's chile/chili out there! But a heated debate should warm you up...

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Lori Midson
A bowl of green from Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl.
The only thing Denverites like to dis more than hipsters (and our coverage of them) is green chile -- including the dish's various incarnations and even its spelling. And the fact that Food & Wine magazine's list of the "Best Chili in the US" included Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl has started another round of spelling lessons, as well as a spirited discussion of where to find the best green chile in Denver.

See also: Food & Wine magazine singles out Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl's "chili" as one of the best in the country.

Here's a taste of the discussion over Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl's selection, and chile in general (we're leaving the chile/chile spellings as posted):

Says Marcelino:

I am gonna give it a try but any place that spells chile with an "i" already arouses my suspicion as being a place that white folks think has good chile but people who know better would think is crap. We shall see.

Then there's this from Tony:

A bowl of chili is that red stuff made with tomato sauce, Navy beans, and hamburger, other wise known as Texmex food.

And this from James:

Sorry this place leaves a lot to the imagination, it is nowhere near what I had in my Grandmother's kitchen. Correction this chili does not come close to any of my family's or any other Mexican's kitchen, or even some of other better local Green Chili stops. The Green has little depth of flavor and it pretty thin. The price for a burrito is Rocky Mountain High. The Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl features mountain roots; honestly, whoever wrote this article might have indulged and taken the John Denver song to heart before writing this review.
What do you think of Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl? Who do you think serves the best green chile in town? And where would you get a bowl of chili?


Location Info

Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl

7305 E. 35th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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James Lucero
James Lucero

For all of you saying Chile is a country, what do you think that country is named after...

Gidget Davis
Gidget Davis

My family came from Nebraska to Denver on a covered wagon... The "chili" is the red kind with navy beans, meat and such. Hearty bow of food. The "Chile," is a sauce that goes inside/smothers our burritos, fajitas, tacos. They are not the same. And, the orignal Chubby's on 38th is best! Oh, almost forgot Jose's Mexican Restaurat in Littleton on Main St. Love ya, Trujillo's.

John Michael Alvarez
John Michael Alvarez

If your on cherry creek north Milwaukee Street Tavern has some surprisingly good pork green chili.

Kimberly McDevitt
Kimberly McDevitt

Chili is texas style/ west style and has beans and/or meat. Chile is the stuff you smother burritos in

Erica Vaughn
Erica Vaughn

505 southwestern medium is good and affordable at King Soops.

Carl Stringe
Carl Stringe

Chile! Jack n Grill definitely has it goin on! New Mexico style with potato and very spicy if ya get the hot.

Michael Sabin
Michael Sabin

Chile is a country in South America.....just saying....

Lori Alexander Lockerd
Lori Alexander Lockerd

I'm stranded in Houston, TX - and they don't have green chile here. Tex Mex is SO gross.

Paula Unger
Paula Unger

La Fiesta in Denver has bomb green chile!

Ash Taylor
Ash Taylor

Skyline chili! You can get it at king soopers

JimTom
JimTom

What about WW favorite crap chile at the Blue Bonnet? Most overrated crap I ever ate. But WW made it the best Chile in Denver 4000 times.

Nicole Montalto
Nicole Montalto

The answer is simple: What is pictured here is "chile verde."

Kay Dirling
Kay Dirling

It's a chile when it's a pepper. Or a country. ;) It's chili when you make it into something.

NeedzMoarCowbell
NeedzMoarCowbell

That stuff in the picture is green chile.  Chili con carne is the Texas-style.

Blair Bryngelson
Blair Bryngelson

Everyone from yesterday's article was raving about Taco De Mexico in Denver but I went down there and I don't plan on returning for the chile. It was so salty I wonder if it was made per the usual recipe or not.

Suni Daze
Suni Daze

Great Scotts is really good. Not very hot tho . If you have a chance and get to the Springs ---WESTERN OMELET___ on thw west side has the hottest I have found so far.

James Lucero
James Lucero

Chili is what you smother your hotdogs in at 7-11, but if you're talking burritos than its Chile and the best is all gone with my grandma in heaven.

Lauren Smith
Lauren Smith

Best green chile I've had in Denver is at the Retreat Lounge on Colorado Boulevard, which also happens to be the Cleveland Browns backers bar :)

Amy Ingram Mikash
Amy Ingram Mikash

I'd say it's chile, because it's from a pepper. Chili is meat based. My thoughts.

celeste.i.melville
celeste.i.melville

It's Chile. Chili is the stuff I do make with hamburger, onions, green pepper, tomatoes and beans and spice. Chile is a different animal altogether. I make that too. It's really basic...you don't have to mess with it much...pork and green chile, a little onion and a little garlic, salt and that's it. Jack and Grill makes a fine chile!


Rachel Vela
Rachel Vela

Best place to find it? My momma's house of course :)

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Little Anita's on South Colorado Blvd has a good bowl of chili/e which is NOT on the menu.
They put refritos and shredded beef in the bottom and then fill it with a picante soup with lots of chile peppers bits. Price is excellent at $3.75. Includes 2 tortillas harina.

The best green chile in Denver is at my house. But, then, I am biased.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

My guess is that the answer - which can be easily Googled - is not at all what you are thinking.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

@Erica Vaughn Better is Ol' Gringo. Right near 505 on the shelf. Way less starch and more chiles in OG.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

@davebarnes Yep, Little Anita's is pretty righteous green.  Jack n' Grill can be OK too but it's not consistent.  I'm a fan of La Loma, too.  Of course we're talking New Mexico style not the orange gravy that most Coloradans consider the "real" thing.

chuckroast
chuckroast

@davebarnes

The best green chilie, imo, available at the grocery store is Schlereth's stinkin good green chile. The hot pork is my favorite. It's in the frozen foods section.

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