Green Chile War heating up between New Mexico and Colorado

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A chile fight between Colorado and New Mexico is getting heated. The latest war of words comes after Colorado’s governor made some “insulting” comments about New Mexico’s chile, and New Mexico’s governor is talking some trash in return.

It all started after an announcement that Pueblo chile will now be sold at Whole Foods in Colorado and a handful of other states—except in New Mexico. That had Colorado’s governor saying we will continue selling “inferior New Mexico chile.” Now locals are saying we should settle this.

If there’s one thing New Mexicans take seriously, it’s chile. Now, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is claiming the chile in Pueblo is better than ours, but New Mexicans who KRQE News 13 spoke to don’t think Colorado chile can compare to what’s grown here in the Land of Enchantment.

Wednesday morning, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham defended the state’s precious crop on Twitter saying, “If Pueblo chile were any good, it would’ve been sold on national shelves before now.” Her tweet inspired Gov. Polis to challenge New Mexico to a chile taste-off competition, and locals think we should step up and show them who’s boss.

A research specialist at New Mexico Chile Pepper Institute says the love and passion put into growing our chile would earn us a first place spot.

“I think our climate and the fact that we’ve had a 100 plus year breeding program just goes to show that New Mexico’s chile is really above and beyond others,” Danise Coon said.

This is just the latest round in the chile fight between the two states. Last August, Colorado revealed their own chile license plate.

KRQE News 13 reached out to the governor’s office to find out whether or not she will be agreeing to a chile taste off, but did not hear back.

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