The world’s chilli capital, Hatch New Mexico

How I got to Hatch, New Mexico : Driving through New Mexico border, I got stopped by the borders patrol officers who was checking every car for illegals from Mexico. He noticed a flat on my car and had totally saved my life. If he didn’t stop me to check for my passport, I would have gotten into a serious accident should the tire had a big blow out and there was a high chance of the car getting totalled when driving at 75mph on the freeway.

He was so sweet, got me to the air pump machine, pumped air into the tires and changed the flat to the spare and told me all about getting to Hatch, New Mexico to get my tires fixed.

After getting there, I saw a lot of chilli places and I mean, a LOT!

Hatch, New Mexico, I discovered was the world famous place for chillis and many types of it. I asked the car mechanic which was the chilli place to go, and Chilli Willies was the one to visit. The couple who owned the store gave me a little guided tour around, I did all the chilli taste test and introduced them to the Singapore Chilli padi which is a tiny little power kicker.  I was the first Singapore girl to visit their place, the lady boss said!  Bought their green chilli salsa which had the least heat since I was such a whimp when it comes to chilli, it was freshly canned straight from their kitchen.

Went over to the dried chilli shack along Main street a few buildings over, visited that and bought a bunch of dried chilli for decorations.

Had I not had a flat on the car and saved by the border patrol, I would not have passed this great little town of Hatch and got myself a few chillis!


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