Trinidad could be the battleground site in a war for chile pride.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis was puffing his chest after it was announced that Pueblo chiles would be stocked by a national grocery chain, proclaiming the Colorado-grown chiles “the best.” This drew the ire of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham who fired back that the New Mexico chile is in fact “the greatest in the world,” and that her state is ready for a chile duel.
On Wednesday, July 10, Polis decided to challenge Grisham to meet him in Trinidad for a chile taste off.
As of Thursday afternoon, the New Mexico governor had yet to respond to the challenge.
The rivalry has drawn attention from media outlets nationwide.
Below is a rough transcript of the challenge:
In January after Gov. Polis was inaugurated, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham offered on Twitter:
“Congratulations to @jaredpolis, the newly inaugurated Governor of Colorado! I look forward to working together and growing the partnership between New Mexico and Colorado. As long as you remember that our green chile is the best...”
On Saturday, July 6, Gov. Jared Polis posted on Facebook:
“About time! Whole Foods Market will soon offer Pueblo Chile, widely acknowledged as the best chile in the world, in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Whole Foods will stock 125,000 pounds of Pueblo Chile in Colorado, Kansas, Idaho and Utah. New Mexico stores will unfortunately not be offering the best chile and will instead keep offering inferior New Mexico chile.”
On Wednesday, July 10, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham responded via Twitter:
“If Pueblo chile were any good, it would have been on national shelves before now. If Colorado wants to go chile to chile, no question that New Mexico can bring the heat - Hatch chile is, has always been and will always be the greatest in the world.”
Gov. Polis responded via Twitter:
“I agree with @GovMLG on a lot of things, but we disagree on this one. I challenge @GovMLG to a chile taste-off in Trinidad! Let’s put this to the test.”