Spicy Weekend in Hatch, New Mexico

it was a spicy weekend at the Hatch chili festival in Hatch, New Mexico

Eric and I are both in LOVE with New Mexican cuisine ,one of the pluses of living in the southwest region is the food. So incredibly flavorful and when Hatch chili season arrives each year local grocery stores and restaurants celebrate the occasion with roasting events.

These gems areconsidered New Mexico’s preeminent chili pepper, Hatch Chiles are favored across the globe….  we’ve always talked about just getting in the car and heading to the colorful state known for its famous Green Chile.

…about 8 hours by car from Phoenix .The drive has some scenic stretches through rugged mountains with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, including elk, red-tailed hawk, gambel’s quail, and golden eagles. 

Best restaurant: Sparky’s in Hatch

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yummy mango chile shake


Sparky’s green chile cheeseburger

  Side trip :  Truth or Consequences. The town is named after the game show and is famous for natural hot springs we took a dip at La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa http://www.lapalomahotspringsandspa.com/

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Quaint, clean and cozy, the La Paloma offers a 30 min soak and other spa services for “non-guests”  the water temp was 109 degrees in our private room.
We made it back to our campsite  just in time to watch the sunset on the Rio Grande.