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The Southwest Chile Pepper Industry. Basic Facts…. The National Pepper Industry is Located Here !. 60% of U.S. chile acreage in NM 30% of U.S. chile acreage in TX & AZ NM is center of pepper processing Green chile Red chile Jalape ño Cayenne. Where is New Mexico chile grown?.

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The southwest chile pepper industry

The Southwest Chile Pepper Industry

Basic Facts…


The national pepper industry is located here

The National Pepper Industry is Located Here!

  • 60% of U.S. chile acreage in NM

  • 30% of U.S. chile acreage in TX & AZ

  • NM is center of pepper processing

    • Green chile

    • Red chile

    • Jalapeño

    • Cayenne


Where is new mexico chile grown

Where is New Mexico chile grown?

  • 76% of acreage in SW New Mexico

    • Luna

    • Doña Ana

    • Hidalgo

    • Sierra

  • 20% of acreage in SE New Mexico

    • Chaves

    • Eddy

    • Lea


Nm chile acreage harvested

NM Chile Acreage Harvested


U s chile pepper imports

U.S. Chile Pepper Imports

Fresh Chile Imports

Dried Chile Imports


Sources of chile imports

Sources of Chile Imports

  • Fresh chile peppers

    • Mexico

    • Processed in New Mexico

  • Dried chile peppers

    • Mexico

    • China

    • India

    • Spain


Economic impact

Economic Impact?

  • Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Luna Counties

    • Vegetable production & processing

    • 86% of NM chile production (tons)

  • 5,300 jobs

  • $400 million

  • Multiplier effects

  • Important in sustainable

    crop rotations


The southwest chile pepper industry

New Mexico is the Heart of the U.S. Chile IndustryThe Chile Task Force is working to improve the industry’s competitiveness, profitability & long-term viability


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