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Southern Colorado's Annual Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival

Updated on August 17, 2017
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Chile and Frijoles Festival

Chili and Frijoles Festival
Chili and Frijoles Festival | Source

The "Chile and Frijoles" Madness

Every year in late September, chile fanatics travel from miles and miles around Colorado just to attend the Pueblo's Annual "Chile and Frijoles" Festival.

This eighteen year past event was designed to promote and boost the city of Pueblo's agricultural community by representing Colorado with some of the finest home grown Chile and pinto beans around. Not to mention the many talented artisan crafters and food vendors along which line downtown's old Union street.

Though the festival is an induction into the beginning of the fall season and a celebration to commemorate each year's end harvest, the temperatures usually swell into the double digits during this time of the year.

Location of the Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival

A markerPueblo Chili Festival -
302 N Santa Fe Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003, USA
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Don't Miss the Excitement!

Take in the Sights and Sounds of Pueblo

Late Indian Summer brings hundreds of thousands of revelers each year who walk the sultry street and take in the often times noisy sounds of large roasters churning chiles as they breathe in the spicy aromatic flavors which entice throughout the air.

For a siesta, you might see many locals and tourists taking refuge to Pueblo's beautiful River Walk, which dissects just beneath Union street. Here you will find lovely shade and the sounds of street musicians playing for their tunes for your tip.

Pueblo River Walk

River Walk,  Pueblo, Colorado
River Walk, Pueblo, Colorado | Source

September Fun!

I enjoy attending Pueblo's Chile festival. Not only because of the splendid display of healthy chiles, but because I find the festive culture exhilarating, and the fact that more and more people are visiting the event each year, the show has put Pueblo on the map and its Chile festival is now ranked #2 in the nation.

If you just happen to be in Colorado at the end of September, and you want an exciting adventure then don't pass up the Chile and Frijoles!!!

Display of Cubanelle Peppers

Cubanelle Peppers Bill Tarpenning
Cubanelle Peppers Bill Tarpenning | Source

Example of the Different Variations of Chile Peppers

Poblano (Ancho)
Basque Fryer (Piment d’Anglet)
Guindilla Verde
Hot Banana
Chilaca (Pasilla)
Jalapeno (Chipotle)
Pimiento de Padrón

Interesting Facts About Chiles

  • Green and red chiles are the same plant. What people do not realize is that they are picked at different intervals where the red chile is the matured version of the more famous green chile.
  • Chile plants are not originally from Southwestern United States. They were brought to Spain from the Caribbean via ship by non other than Christopher Columbus during his exploration. Eventually, the plant migrated to New Spain (Panama) while in the hands of Don Quixote. From there the chile plant found it's way to North America
  • Chiles are loaded with the chemical Capsaicin, which means in short that use and consumption of the chile plant is an added and helpful health benefit. Used to create topical treatments for debilitating conditions such as arthritis and shingles, and when digested good for those who suffer from migraines. Lastly, and most interestingly, the chemical is used in safety products like pepper spray which would suggest that it's not a good idea to rub the residue of a chile in to your eyes!

String of Multicolored Chiles

multicolored chile strings
multicolored chile strings | Source

How to Roast and Prepare Your Own Chiles

Some traditional ways to roast green chile involve roasting via an open fire, which is the most popular way of preparing the pepper. However, other methods include broiling, baking or grilling. Apply the flame or heat, wait for the green chile skin to darken to the point of charring, and peel the skin.

Important Tip: Don't apply too much heat or you might run the risk of ruining the meatiness of the fruit.

Chiles Churning in a Roaster

Famous Colorado Green Chile Recipe

Of all the Colorado regional recipes, there's only one that comes to mind, which is the most famous by far than all the rest and that is Colorado's own Green Chile recipe known as ChileVerde. There are many different variations to the recipe however all you truly need are the basics to create your very own delicious version. Here's a great recipe from the renowned Cooking Channel that fits the perfect mold for this tasty dish:

Colorado Green Chile Verde

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  • ziyena profile image

    ziyena 5 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...


  • diogenes profile image

    diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

    Andele mamacita...ya, me voy!


  • Joe Macho profile image

    Zach 5 years ago from Colorado

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention ziyena! Though I live in northern CO, I'll definitely be making the trip this year. Sounds great.

  • ziyena profile image

    ziyena 5 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    Definitely, a blast. Believe it not, I think I enjoyed the sweltering heat the most ... can you tell I have cabin fever? lol

  • edelhaus profile image

    edelhaus 5 years ago from Munich, Germany

    Sounds fun! My husband is a huge fan of spicy food, so he would love this.

  • ziyena profile image

    ziyena 5 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...


    I don't l know about the millions, but I'm certainly trying to persuade thousands ... :)

  • cleaner3 profile image

    cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

    Yes, My little hot jalepeno,

    You must come to Pueblo, and bring the millions, I said millions, of tourists to our little peice of heaven called Pueblo.

    eat some chile, talk to some mexicans walk the riverwalk, talk the chit-chat. and take home an experience.