I haven't lived in New Mexico long but you don't need in order to know that New Mexicans LOVE their green chile. They put it in everything! I decided to embrace the culture and try it in any form I could find. My best friend and I even made it a goal to try it at least ten different ways.. I didn't know how easy that would be! Here are some of the most unusual green chile products New Mexico has to offer and where to find them:
Hatch: Everything Green Chile at the Hatch Chile Fest
Would this even be a green chile list if I didn't mention Hatch? I had the opportunity to sample lots of green chile products at their fest (popcorn, oil, salsa, candy). The fest is worthwhile if you are wanting to check it off your New Mexico list, but I must confess: I didn't love the experience. It was hot, in the middle of a big dirt field, and not as impressive in terms of variation of products or things to do as I hoped. Still, Hatch is a small town so I guess it is impressive for such a small town to pull off that fest. So I'll let you decide for yourself if it is worth it. If you do go, get a burger from Sparkys. I don't eat burgers but I heard they are the best in New Mexico... you can let me know if that's true.
Pie Town: New Mexican Apple Pie at the Pie-O-Neer
The pie at the Pie-O-Neer is seriously the best pie I've ever had in my life. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Definitely try the New Mexican Apple Pie because it has green chile in it (and that is the point of this list). Plus, it's delicious! Also try the chocolate cream pie... because I'm a sucker for anything chocolate.
Alamogordo: Green Chile Pistachios and Pecans at McGinn's PistachioLand
To stay true to their New Mexican roots McGinn's Pistachioland puts green chile on their already very New Mexican pistachios and pecans. They have a very generous sample bar so go check them out! And if you are looking for a few tips for your time there check out my post about it here!
Alamogordo: Green Chile Brittle at Heart of the Desert
Not to be outdone by PistachioLand, Heart of the Desert also puts green chile on their products. I recommend the brittle, it's pretty good. Also, I am constantly amused by the competition between these neighbors...McGinn's PistachioLand had the largest pistachio in the world so Heart of the Desert decided to put up a giant heart... so on and so forth, lol. And if you're in Alamogordo and looking for other things to do you can check out this post!
Ruidoso (or Cloudcroft): Green Chile Wine at Noisy Water Winery
I don't think I expected green chile wine to be sweet but it is, at least it is at Noisy Water Winery. You can sample this wine at either of their locations (Ruidoso or Cloudcroft) or at one of New Mexico's many wine fests. If you go into their shop, a tasting is $5 which includes three tastes of their various wines and the option to have a free bonus taste of green or red Chile wine (go green, always go green). And if you are looking for more things to do in Ruidoso check out this post!
Albuquerque: Green Chile Mac and Cheese at Matanza
I don't eat bacon so I ordered mine with just the chicken that it comes with... goodness this dish was spicy! Normally I can hang with the spice (and perhaps I just got an intense batch of green chile) but I was sweating. Still this dish is delicious and decadent and worth trying. Plus they have a fun cocktail menu that is worth checking out while you're there.
Albuquerque: Green Chile Breakfast Burrito at Zendo
Ok, I know that a breakfast burrito isn't exactly the most unique or unusual but I've had a lot of breakfast burritos and this one wins. Plus it is a beautiful coffee shop. So go check it out and you're welcome. Also, if you are into coffee and want to read more about the coffee scene in ABQ you can check out this post!
Santa Fe: Green Chile Apple Fritter at Whoo's Donut
I love donuts, like more than I should. I even created a Donut Trail in Tulsa, Oklahoma because I'm so obsessed with donuts. So when I saw this one I couldn't resist. Go check it out and let me know what you think!
Las Cruces: Green Chile Sushi at Aqua Reef
I'm both a fan of sushi and of novelty so combining the two seemed like a win for me. While I am generally skeptical of sushi so far from the ocean I still thought it was pretty good (though full disclosure: I was the only one at the table who liked it).
Alamogordo (or Las Cruces): Frozen Custard with Green Chile at Caliches
This wasn't my favorite combo for green chile (I had a chocolate sundae with raspberry and green chile) but I do think a green chile purist would enjoy it. However, if you go you should also just get frozen custard, its so dang delicious and I reccomend it on my post about what to do in Alamogordo that can be found here!
Festival Food: Green Chile Timmy Krack Korn Puffs and Biscochito
I had both of these at the Southwest Coffee and Chocolate Festival but my friend who I went with said that they had seen these vendors at other events as well, so go hunt them down, because that Krack Korn really is addictive. And if you're going to have THE state cookie of New Mexico it might as well be the green chile version (biscochito).