Welcome to Local Obsession, where we highlight niche regional specialities. Every region has a food they are obsessed with—in Hatch, New Mexico, that something is chiles. In this pilot, we meet characters like Jo Lytle of Hatch Chile Express and Dr. Paul Bosland (aka Dr. Pepper, aka The Chile Man of New Mexico State University’s Chili Pepper Institute).
Throughout, we learn about green chiles and red chiles (they come from the same plant), that the correct spelling is chile (not chili) and that New Mexican chiles is best served with enchiladas, tacos, and burritos—or really, with anything, if you ask most New Mexicans.
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