Rest easy – the NM/CO green chile war is on hold…for now

by Amanda Push

In perhaps what you could consider the most anti-climatic of events, the famed green chile war between Colorado and New Mexico is at rest. … For now.

Like they failed to come to a compromise as to which state grows the best green chile, Colorado Governor Jared Polis and New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham failed to agree on a date where they could meet for a chile face-off, according to Westword. We’d like to think that it would have been something out of an old Western film where the two met in front of the town saloon at high noon. Instead of pistols drawn, each would have whipped out their chile of choice – Polis, a Pueblo chile, and Grisham a Hatch chile. The town would watch in bated breath to see who would emerge as victor. Alas, we will never know how the chile stand-off would have ended because, ya know, they’re both busy doing things like governing their own states.

If you can’t remember exactly what brought about this juicy battle, it all started when Whole Food Market announced it would carry Pueblo chile in Colorado.

Governor Polis had this to say about it:

“About time! Whole Foods Market will soon offer Pueblo Chile, widely acknowledged as the best chile in the world, in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Whole Foods will stock 125,000 pounds of Pueblo Chile in Colorado, Kansas, Idaho and Utah. New Mexico stores will unfortunately not be offering the best chile and will instead keep offering inferior New Mexico chile.”

Not to be outdone, Governor Grisham fired back on Twitter:

“If Pueblo chile were any good, it would have been on national shelves before now. If Colorado wants to go chile to chile, no question that New Mexico can bring the heat – Hatch chile is, has always been and will always be the greatest in the world.”

It all went downhill from there.

Amanda Push


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