Chimayó, N.M. is famous for its heirloom chiles. Chimayó chiles are landrace chiles grown for generations in one small valley north of Santa Fe and east of Espanola. In the 1600’s, the seeds were brought by Spaniards to Santa Fe and then into the historic village of Chimayó.
El Sanctuaria de Chimayó is a Roman Catholic church located in a fertile valley 30 minutes north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. This shrine is a National Historic Landmark, famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site. It receives almost 300,000 visitors per year and has been called, the most important Catholic Easter pilgrimage center in the United States.
The Chimayó Chile Project was established to replenish the 300-year-old native seed stock and revive the local chile industry. It helps local farmers produce crops through its heirloom Chimayó seed distribution.
Once you have tasted Chimayó red chile, no other red chile will satisfy. It has an earthy sweet New Mexico red chile taste that ends with a little heat. It keeps your lips hot and your mouth desiring more.