May 11th, 2014 / posted by paularath
Our favorite Chimayo Chili shop

Our favorite Chimayo Chili shop

If you know Jerry at all, you know that chili is just about his favorite thing in the world. And he knows his chili!

So one of the places we always have to seek out is a little tiny town called Chimayo, New Mexico. Chimayo has fabulous chili and we buy it from a littleĀ place called Vigil Store which is right next door to a beautiful church called Santuaria Chimayo.

The Vigils get their chili right from the farmers and it’s absolutely delicious. Chili is a bit like wine; it depends on the elements to produce a good year. This has been a very good year. The chili is deep in flavor, with an earthy, almost smokey flavor.

For the first time, we were able to buy tiny packets of the precious heirloom chili the farmers usually save for themselves. It has a sweetness that is really unusual in red chili. Can’t wait to add it to my curry sauce! (But don’t tell the Vigils, who believe that heirloom chili should not be sullied with anything else!

The beautiful and serene Santuario de Chimayo.

The beautiful and serene Santuario de Chimayo.

Hatch is the chili Jerry grew up with and it will always be his favorite. Hatch is very close to where Jerry grew up, on a little farm in Mesilla. In fact, His sister, Dorothy, asked him to bring some to her in Dallas because, well, it’s simply the best in the world. We bought a rather large stash of chili and sent it home in a huge box to share with special friends. Here’s where we bought it:

 

Home of the famous Hatch chili

Home of the famous Hatch chili

For the past 50 years-plus Jerry has been in search of the best flat red chili enchilada. This specialty is offered only in New Mexico and, sadly, has been disappearing from many menus. But when se were in Pagosa Springs, cousin Skip told us about Chope’s in Mesilla. Here Jerry’s search ended as he swooned over the fabulous Chope’s red chili enchilada, made with Hatch chili, natch.

– Paula RathChili Happy Jerry

 

 

 

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