Chile Peppers & New Mexico – Two Beautiful Friends! Day 109

chili peppers new mexico
26 Dec

It doesn’t take long to figure out how much the state of New Mexico loves chile peppers.

In fact, you find that out the minute you drive across the state line and see the red and green peppers on the state welcome sign! But it goes much, much deeper than a simple state sign.

New Mexico is the only state of 50 with an official state question: “Red or Green?”

chile peppers on New Mexico state sign
The state sign of New Mexico pays homage to the beloved pepper.

Chile peppers proudly adorn New Mexico’s license plates. And, are the official state vegetable as well. That one is a bit funny considering peppers are technically a fruit. But nonetheless, it certainly shows how much New Mexicans adore the taste of their amazing peppers!

And, it just so happens, we have always loved peppers as well. In fact, so much that we usually grow about 20 types at our little farm every year. Even going as far as making them into hanging baskets! (See : Our Most Unique Hanging Basket Plant Ever)

chile pepper ristras in New Mexico
Everywhere you go in New Mexico, it is easy to see their love of Chile peppers!

Hot, sweet, mild, big or small, we simply love them. So it has made this week in New Mexico a little extra special for sure.

A Drive Through Hatch, New Mexico

One of our “must-do” activities this week was to visit Hatch, New Mexico. The little community of Hatch is home to the world-famous Hatch Chile pepper.

So famous in fact, that every Labor Day weekend, this usually lightly populated town celebrates with a massive celebration of the pepper’s harvest. (One that someday we will definitely be coming back for!)

hatch new mexico
Hatch Chile Peppers are world-renowned for their flavor and spice!

As it goes, a Hatch Chile Pepper can only be Hatch Chile pepper if it’s grown in the Hatch Valley. Much like Champagne is to France, or Kentucky Bourbon is to Kentucky.

And we both can attest after trying them in everything from chili to salsa, whatever is in the soil here in Hatch grows incredible peppers!

For The Love Of Chile Peppers

All week, we have both been awestruck by the beauty of the chile ristras you find all over New Mexico.

Chile ristras hanging to dry.

These beautifully constructed masses of hanging peppers are simply stunning to behold.

The chile peppers are most often of course hung to dry to use for cooking or spices. But here in New Mexico, they are used everywhere as decorations. And along with it, said to bring good health and luck as well.

New Mexico’s Beauty

Our trip wouldn’t have been complete without a visit and picture with the World’s Largest Chile Pepper in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

One thing is for sure about New Mexico, there has been plenty to do and see. And it will definitely be a state we return to enjoy again someday!

But for now, it is time to head to Texas!

Happy Traveling – Jim and Mary


  • Day 109 of 365
  • States : 14 / 50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 17
  • Stayed In : Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Miles Driven : 10.8
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 12,101.8
  • Total Gallons Used : 877.11
  • Biking Miles : 10.3
  • Biking Miles To Date : 152.8
  • Hiking Miles : 0
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 263.2

5 thoughts on “Chile Peppers & New Mexico – Two Beautiful Friends! Day 109

  1. Ih, don’t miss New Mexico’s green chili! Hatch chilies, pork… it’s wonderful! Just be sure to ask what temperature it is that day – it varies on the peppers.
    Hatch maybe be famous, but don’t think Colorado’s Pueblo Chilies aren’t just as delicious! Yea, a bit of a rivalry there 🙂

    1. We loved New Mexico’s food – including the green chili! When we were in Colorado we didn’t know of the Pueblo Chiles – I guess we will have to try them when we come back to visit!

  2. I’ve been loving your reports from on the road. I was disappointed that Tuscon disappeared with a second installment of the previous post. Oops!

    1. Yes, we apologize for the error in our email broadcast. We might not have had enough coffee before we put it out – haha. You can always get to all of our daily posts by clicking on the BLOG tab at the top of our website.

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