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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

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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

    • Jalapeño

    • Cayenne


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


U.S. Chile Pepper Imports

Fresh Chile Imports

Dried Chile Imports


Sources of Chile Imports

  • Fresh chile peppers

    • Mexico

    • Processed in New Mexico

  • Dried chile peppers

    • Mexico

    • China

    • India

    • Spain


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


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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