Discover why New Mexico is known for Red, Green or Christmas.
Red chile and green chile are the same plants, only red chile has had time to ripen, and green chile has not. New Mexico’s green chile comes most famously from the southern area around Hatch, and the area around the northern community of Chimayo is known for its red chile.
Red chile has a mellower and sweeter taste than green chile. So, when your waiter or waitress asks “red or green?” either answer is fine! And it’s okay to ask at a restaurant which chile is hotter and choose your preference. Want to try both? Simple respond, “Christmas!”