Santa Fe

Local Experts: Santa Fe, Stephanie Pearson

By Local Expert Stephanie Pearson

Best Red Chile in Santa Fe

1
The Shed

The Shed

In addition to smothering their spicy-sweet “Shed Red” over everything from enchiladas to burritos, the chefs at this downtown institution (which has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation) also marinate roasted chicken and beef in their world-famous red sauce. What sets it apart: the chile is made from Hatch peppers grown exclusively for the restaurant. 

2
El Parasol

El Parasol

With northern New Mexico locations in Santa Fe, Pojoaque, Española, and Los Alamos, El Parasol serves up a terrific menu of red chile-smothered tostadas, tamales, and burritos. This is the perfect place to fuel up before a day of skiing in Taos, or hiking, climbing, or trail running in the Jemez or Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Meat eaters: don’t miss the pork tamales. Vegetarians, try the bean and red chile burrito, with or without the cheese. 

3
La Choza

La Choza

It’s no wonder La Choza gets its red right. This neighborhood restaurant, which anchors the southern end of The Railyard, has the same owners as The Shed. The difference is that this outpost caters to locals, who have a discerning palate when it comes to red and green chile. The enchilada plate, served with cheese, chicken, carne adovada (beef served between two blue-corn tortillas) definitely tastes best smothered in red.

4
Harry’s Roadhouse

Harry’s Roadhouse

It’s tough to stick to the red- or green-chile New Mexico party line at this south-of-town café, because Harry’s eclectic menu includes flavors that stray far from the pepper plant. Even if it doesn’t smother the menu, however, the red chile here, when poured over its New Mexican-style blue corn turkey enchiladas, ranks top on my list. 

5
Tomasita’s

Tomasita’s

Right next to the New Mexico Rail Runner train depot, Tomasita’s is the natural next stop for hungry tourists. That’s a good thing—because the chefs here know how to make New Mexican classics. Temper the red chile by eating it in a sopapilla stuffed with New Mexico pinto beans, cheese, and roast beef. 


Visit the Best Red Chile in Santa Fe

Tomasita’s
500 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, United States
7.9/10

People like this place

Mexican Restaurant
2
Harry’s Roadhouse
96 Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505, United States
8.5/10

People like this place

American Restaurant
1
La Choza
905 Alarid St (Cerrillos Road), Santa Fe, NM 87505, United States
8.9/10

People like this place

Mexican Restaurant
2
El Parasol
1833 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505, United States
7/10

People like this place

Mexican Restaurant
1
The Shed
113 E Palace Ave (at Washington Ave.), Santa Fe, NM 87501, United States
8.6/10

People like this place

Mexican Restaurant
2
Advertisement
Advertisement