Welcome To Chile Traditions
In New Mexico, we like our chile fresh and spicy--just like our lifestyle. Every season (usually starting in early August), the rich aroma of roasting world famous Hatch chile beckons locals and visitors alike to our Chile Traditions’ outdoor location in Albuquerque. It’s a mid-summer to late fall ritual locals have looked forward to for over two decades.Read more
Did You Know?
Fascinating facts about our favorite food. DID YOU KNOW chile originated in Bolivia? “Bolivia?” you’re asking yourself. Yep, Bolivia. Well, some ancient historians say Peru. OK, whatever. In any case, archaeologists (with seemingly nothing better to do!) suggest that chile made its first appearance sometime between 5000 and 3000 B.C. Spanish Conquistadors later picked it up and spread the spicy wealth throughout the New World.read more
Building A New Mexico Tradition
The year was 1980. Michelle DeWees, a single mother, opened an outdoor stand in mid-town Albuquerque, New Mexico, selling locally made chile ristras. A ristra (say: “REE-straw”), in case you’re not from around here, is a string of dried red chiles used as a decorative accessory in homes throughout the American Southwest. Ristras have a long...read more