It’s mid-September, which means Hatch Chile season has been full swing in new Mexico for a few weeks now. But lucky for you, it’s not too late to plan a visit to the state that’s famous for these zippy peppers. While the Hatch Chile Festival has come and gone, there’s nothing stopping you from booking next year’s trip a little early. In the meantime, though, learn a little bit about why the Hatch chile is so popular and why your trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico should include a few of these spicy peppers.
All About Hatch Chiles
Hatch chiles are a specific variety of pepper, grown in the Hatch Valley which stretches along the Rio Grande from Arrey, New Mexico, through Tonuco Mountain, to Hatch, New Mexico. When they’re ripe, they turn red and are commonly referred to as Colorado chiles, but traditionally, they’re used when they’re green. They’re a pepper that ranges from mild to much hotter than jalapenos, depending on the variety. The soil and growing conditions in that specific valley contribute greatly to the unique flavor of the Hatch chiles. Thousands of people flock to New Mexico to get a taste of these peppers every year, and if you haven’t checked them out, get your taste the next time you roll through Albuquerque.
Why Visit New Mexico?
Albuquerque has a lot to offer. Despite the festival celebrating this pepper being located a few hours away, visitors to New Mexico who stay in an Albuquerque hotel suite can not only get a taste of the famous pepper but also take in other tourist attractions and cultural events. And since ABQ has been named one of the top ten most affordable cities to visit in the US by Hotwire.com, you can get away for a bit without breaking the bank. And since Albuquerque boasts almost a full year of great weather—310 days of sunshine and beautiful temperatures—there’s sure to be something for everyone. Book a trip to Albuquerque today!