Who makes the best salsa and green chile cheeseburger in New Mexico? We'll find out at the state fair.
ALBUQUERQUE - Both the Battle of the Salsas and the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge are back at the 2021 New Mexico State Fair.
The Battle of the Salsas is Saturday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Agriculture Building courtyard.
Rachel Schneider, owner of the Las Cruces-based Ol’ Gringo Chile Company, said the Battle of the Salsas is the perfect opportunity for New Mexico companies to showcase their commercially-produced salsa.
“Ol’ Gringo Chile Company has been entering — and winning — top honors since 2014,” Schneider said. “The recognition that our brands — Ol’ Gringo Chile Company, Andele Restaurant and Aztec — have received over the years has helped put our little company on the map with consumers. It’s a competitive field, with more than 30 New Mexico brands of all different sizes vying for the public’s attention in past contests. We are honored to put our products next to others to earn the public’s vote. We appreciate New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Taste the Tradition program and the New Mexico Chile Commission for presenting a platform for all of us to showcase and celebrate what we love doing.”
The first 150 people in attendance will serve as judges, according to a news release. Each judge will receive individually packaged salsa samples, a bag of tortilla chips and a ballot. After judges try all salsas, cast their votes and submit their ballots, the results will be tallied. The top three winners will be announced.
The New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge will take place on Monday, Sept. 13, at noon in the Agriculture Building Courtyard. This contest sees some of New Mexico’s most renowned restaurants go head-to-head in a fiery matchup.
A panel of judges consists of prominent figures in New Mexico’s community. the judges taste samples of each burger and judge them blindly before crowning a champion.
Fairgoers are also invited to watch the challenge take place before being allowed to taste and judge the burgers for themselves. Only a limited number are able to participate and are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the judging is completed, both a Judge’s Winner and People’s Choice Winner are crowned.
For information about both events, visit the New Mexico State Fair website at www.statefair.exponm.com or contact the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Marketing and Development Division at 575-646-4929.