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Southern Colorado's Annual Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival
Chile and Frijoles Festival
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
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
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
Example of the Different Variations of Chile Peppers
Basque Fryer (Piment d’Anglet)
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
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:
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