The “Walk of Flame” offers visitors the ultimate green chile immersion experience
Green chile is a top commodity in sunny Las Cruces. Almost every restaurant in town has a unique take on this iconic local ingredient, and not to be outdone, so do all the watering holes. Las Cruces even has its own chile research center at the local university. So it’s only fitting that the city would connect the dots with its “Walk of Flame,” a guide that helps visitors get their fix in dozens of fun and inventive ways.
The “Walk of Flame” directs those who like it hot to various chile-laced foods, drinks and experiences in the area. In Las Cruces, green chile crops up in and on everything from ice cream to pot stickers to hot dogs to wine, not just New Mexican fare. Visitors can feast on Aqua Reef’s New Mexico Pecan Green Chile Rolls, sip Chile ‘Rita’s at La Posta de Mesilla or surprise their senses with a Green Chile Sundae from Caliche’s Frozen Custard. Green chile chasers also have the option to get their hands dirty on a tour of the Chile Pepper Institute Garden at New Mexico State University. They can even pick their own at Joe Lujan’s Green Chile Farm and learn to roast them through a video offered by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.
“Green chile is an integral part of the Las Cruces tourism experience and we’re happy to make it even more accessible in all its glorious guises to our visitors,” said Philip San Filippo, Executive Director of Visit Las Cruces.
To round out the Walk of Flame experience, visitors may take advantage of a special Green Chile Lovers Package at Hotel Encanto. The package includes luxurious room accommodations, dinner at Garduños Restaurant (featuring signature green chile dishes) and drinks such as the Green Chile Margarita or Bloody Mary. Additionally, guests will receive a green chile grab bag provided by the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau and a “local treasures” 15% discount card. To reserve the package, visit www.hotelencanto.com/green-chile-lovers.
Find more information on these and other foods and activities involving green chiles on the Walk of Flame Green Chile Trail page here.