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Denver mayor's Super Bowl bet includes green chile

Created: 01/29/2014 5:38 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A recent bet by Denver’s mayor has green chile in the news and New Mexicans questioning the validity of Denver green chile so KOB Eyewitness News 4 went to Colorado to see what the chile is like.

Durango, Colorado, elevation 6,500 feet, population 17,000, home to beautiful mountain vistas, family winter fun and green chile?!

“I have eaten a whole lot more of the New Mexico than Colorado green chile,” said David Norris.

June Hahl is from Denver, Colorado. ”We always liked the northern New Mexico flavor of green chile.”

When asked what the difference is, she laughed and said, “It just tastes better.”

KOB asked what makes Francisco's green chile so good.

“Some garlic, some onion, some cumin, oregano, and some other things I don't want to talk about.” Kitchen manager Aaron Marshall wasn’t giving up the secret.

And where is the chile based from?

A search of the freezer yielded New Mexico green chile, Hatch to be exact.

Marshall was queried why.

“Because it's the best,” he said.

Back south of the New Mexico border, it’s easier to find things without green chile.

Jay Gleason, chef at Three Rivers Brewery, said, “We use it in our brining, we use it in our smoking, we use it on top of sandwiches.”

Because we New Mexicans like our green chile…

“on top of fries, in our gravies, in our bratwursts...” Gleason continues.

So maybe the mayor of Denver shouldn’t have bet “his” green chile on the Super Bowl.


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