They’ve got their own Growers’ Association. They have a festival of their own: The Chile & Frijoles Festival. They have their own supermarkets: Colorado Whole Foods Market locations dumped Hatch chiles and replaced them with Pueblo chiles. And governor John Hickenlooper has even designated the last Saturday of the Colorado State Fair as Pueblo Chile Day.
History and Plant Development
That’s called Getting Famous Fast. Although a type of mirasol chile has been grown in the Pueblo area for more than a hundred years, the current craze for the Pueblo chile began in 1992. That’s when Dr. Michael Bartolo, an extension vegetable crops specialist and associate professor at Colorado State Read More
To celebrate the spring planting season, the Visit Pueblo Convention and Visitors Bureau puts on the Spice Up Spring Pueblo Chile Recipe Competition. Local restaurants craft unique culinary delights with the sole criteria being that their one-0f-a-kind recipe must feature Certified Pueblo Chile. Delectable dishes from the 2017 Spice Up Spring Competition included Pueblo-Chile-inflused bagels, macaroons, cheeseballs, artichoke dip, Mexican fruit cups, and more! Among some of the most creative dishes were Colorado Lamb Lollies with Citrus Mint from Brues Alehouse, Pueblo Chile Potato & Bacon Rose by Wine Down By the River, and Chile Chicken Cordon Bleu from Peppers at Milberger Farms, to name a few.
The winning appetizer Read More
A bill to recognize the chile growers of Southern Colorado with their own special license plate won voice-vote House approval this morning.
House Bill 1012, sponsored by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, was requested by the Pueblo Chile Growers Association, which is mounting an economic development campaign to give their products a higher profile.
“The Pueblo chile is Colorado’s chile,” she told the House, according to a press release. “Our local growers deserve recognition of their outstanding chiles.”
Having gotten a taste of Colorado’s effort, the New Mexico Legislature is rushing through its own license plate bill recognizing its popular Hatch chiles. Today, Esgar amended her bill to make sure Colorado can win Read More
Thanks to a new branding campaign, local leaders and the newly formed Pueblo Chile Growers’ Association now have their sights set on Pueblo Chiles taking a permanent seat in Colorado’s culture, instead of just Pueblo’s.
They might serve caviar at some parties or red-meat politics at another. But that’s not Clarice Navarro’s party. The state representative from Pueblo, an ally and adviser to Donald Trump, is making sure the Pueblo Chile is on the menu.
Navarro is on the host committee for the Latino Inaugural 2017 Gala in Washington, D.C., next week. About 600 guests will be able to nosh on the regionally famous Pueblo Chile during the black-tie event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near the Capitol.
“I’m so proud of what the Pueblo Chile Growers Association has accomplished, and I’m even more proud of what they are working toward,” Navarro said. “The ability to showcase the Pueblo Read More