ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Most New Mexicans were shocked to hear that Denver’s mayor was claiming green chile as his state’s own.
The claim, part of Denver’s Super Bowl bet with Seattle, sparked outrage across New Mexico. But there may be a truce in the chile wars.
When the Seattle Seahawks embarrassed the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl last Sunday, there were plenty of New Mexicans smiling, calling the loss green chile karma.
After all, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock should have known better than to claim green chile as his state’s own.
“Albuquerque and New Mexico, without a doubt, is the chile capital of the world.” said Mayor Richard. Berry on Friday. “We have the best red, we have the best green. And we know that. And I can tell you as the mayor, we’ll stand up any day of the week and talk about that.”
Berry reclaimed the state’s famous crop and favorite flavor, but unlike most epic battles, this one ended not with a bang, but with a whimper. A whimper and a care package.
“We’re going to be sending both some Hatch green chile and some Chimayo red chile, to both Mayor Murray of Seattle, and Mayor Hancock from Denver,” Berry said.
Mayor Berry will actually be in Denver in March for a symposium. He plans to talk to Mayor Hancock about keeping the rivalry alive with an annual Mile High Chile Challenge. He says the event would benefit charities in both states.