The Pueblo Chile, grown with Rocky Mountain Water and Colorado Sunshine, is a local staple that emerged from rich-area farmland on Pueblo’s Saint Charles Mesa. Cool nights and hot days make Pueblo Certified Chiles hotter, larger, and superior in texture, flavor, and roastability. Certified Pueblo Chile can be found in just about every Pueblo cuisine—Mexican, Italian, Chinese, and American.
To celebrate the spring planting season, the Visit Pueblo Convention and Visitors Bureau puts on the Spice Up Spring Pueblo Chile Recipe Competition. Local restaurants craft unique culinary delights with the sole criteria being that their one-of-a-kind recipe must feature Certified Pueblo Chile. Delectable dishes from the 2017 Spice Up Spring Competition included Pueblo-Chile-infused bagels, macaroons, cheeseballs, artichoke dip, Mexican fruit cups, and more! Among some of the most creative dishes were Colorado Lamb Lollies with Citrus Mint from Brues Alehouse, Pueblo Chile Potato & Bacon Rose by Wine Down By The River, and Chile Chicken Cordon Bleu from Peppes at Milberger Farms, to name a few.
The winning appetizer was Lisa‘s Stuffed Artichokes from Musso’s Restaurant. Each leaf was heartily stuffed with fresh goat cheese, fresh-chopped Certified Pueblo Musso Chiles, jalapeno bacon, and Musso’s Original Five Star Pueblo Green Chile Sausage. The artichokes were then left to soak in savory Musso’s homemade spaghetti sauce, baked to perfection, and then topped with homemade bread crumbs.
The entrée winner kicked it up a notch with a spicy twist to an elegant classic. The Place Eatery was the resounding favorite with a Certified-Pueblo-Chile infused sirloin Musso Scampi that included a juicy 8 oz. sirloin fillet, scampi, and Musso’s Pueblo Green Chile. The dish was topped with a signature white wine butter sauce, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and sautéed asparagus.
Cinfully Delicious Catering took the cake—or should we say brownie, in the dessert category with Chile Chocolate Brownies. The brownies were baked from a homemade mix with added jalapeno powder from Musso Farms. The delicious treat was ultimately topped with classic white icing, fresh-cut strawberries, Oreo crumbs, white chocolate, and a caramel drizzle.
Pueblo has a unique cuisine that can’t be found anywhere else. Visit Pueblo and experience the flavor for yourself! Plan well, and schedule your visit in September while the 23rd Annual Chile & Frijoles Festival is taking place. Each year in early fall, Puebloans celebrate the harvest with the Chile & Frijoles Festival where good music, yummy food, and a wide array of vendors culminate to create the perfect tourist destination. In fact, over 140,000 people attend each year.
Come join in on the fun! 23rd Annual Chile & Frijoles Festival presented by Loaf ‘N Jug September 22-24, 2017 pueblochilefestivalinfo.com