Catalina Connection

Hatch Chile Festival returns to Avalon in September

Mi Casita’s menu will feature items with famous green chilies.

AVALON — One of New Mexico’s most famous exports – no, not ‘Breaking Bad’ – will be featured at one of Avalon’s Mexican eateries as part of an annual festival in September.

The Hatch Chile Festival returns to Mi Casita restaurant, Sept. 1. Diners will have a handful of menu items to choose from featuring green hatch chilies.

Last year’s menu options included a Hatch Chile Bacon Cheeseburger, Hatch Chiles and Ground Beef Burrito, Hatch Chile Beef or Veggie Taco, Hatch Chile Relleno with Ground Beef, and Hatch Ranchero Chicken Enchiladas.

Green hatch chilies are a staple of New Mexican cuisine. Chile is actually one of New Mexico’s two state vegetables (the other being frijole, or pinto bean). Various strands of chilies were created by New Mexico State University. Mi Casita’s festival is an homage to New Mexico’s spicier state vegetable.

Mi Casita Mexican restaurant is located at 111 Claressa Avenue in Avalon. The restaurant’s phone number is 310-510-1772.

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