If Colorado had an official state food, green chile would be it. This delectably spicy dish has made its way into almost any meal possible; from green chile breakfast tacos to green chile martinis, there’s no shortage of this Mexican staple in Denver area restaurants. Whether you’re looking for an authentic Colorado brunch spot or a unique gourmet dining option, here are the 7 best places to find green chile in the Denver area.

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1. Señor Burritos

Breakfast burritos are served all day at this classic Denver Mexican restaurant. The pork green chile was named Westword’s Best of Denver in 2015. More Info

Location: 12 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80203

Suggested Dish: Smothered Breakfast Burrito – Choose any of the 10 breakfast burritos and add a smothering of 4 oz. of green chile.

2. Jack-N-Grill

This homestyle Mexican restaurant has been featured on the Travel Channel, and in USA Today and Food Network Magazine. While their burgers were voted ‘Best Burger in Colorado’ by Food Network Magazine in 2010, it’s the green chile-smothered beef burrito that really keeps us coming back. More Info

Location: 2524 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80211

Suggested Dish: 7-lb ground beef burrito smothered with pork green chile.

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3. The Cherry Cricket

At this Cherry Creek staple, you can either eat your green chili in a bowl or on top of a mouth-watering burger. There’s even a vegetarian version of the delicious dish! More Info

Location: 2‌641 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Suggested Dish: Original green chili bowl. Spicy pueblo style pork, New Mexico green chilies, and tortilla.

4. Sam’s #3

The green chili at this Denver diner is so famous that the recipe has been featured on the Food Network. There’s no better place for a classic Denver brunch than at one of this restaurants three locations in the Metro Area. More Info

Location: 1500 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

Suggested Dish: Denver Skillet. Ham, onion, bell peppers, cheddar, and pork green chili.

5. Santiago’s

This Brighton-based restaurant has made an art out of green chile. After almost 30 years and 27 restaurant locations in the Denver area, you’ll be hard pressed to find a Denverite who hasn’t tasted their famous fare. More Info

Location: 5701 Leetsdale Dr., Denver, CO 80224

Suggested Dish: Chicken enchiladas smothered in house-made green chile.

6. North County

The food at this Denver restaurant was inspired by the culture and cuisine of Baja, California. Pair a bowl of green chile with a fresh salad or ceviche. More Info

Location: 94 N. Rampart Way, Denver, CO 80230

Suggested Dish: Pork Green Chili. Thickened with Masa & loaded with roasted hatch green chilies. Served with homemade flour tortilla and chips.

7. The Corner Office

Located next to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, this restaurant and martini bar offers an array of specialty cocktails in addition to their varied and global menu. More Info

Location: 1401 Curtis Street • Denver, CO 80202

Suggested Dish: Hot Mess Poison Ivy cocktail – Made with Denver-based Blank and Booth Distilling Company’s Hatch green chile flavored whiskey.

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8. King Chef’s Diner

If you find yourself in Colorado Springs, head to this local’s favorite for savory green chile-smothered brunch fare. Trust us, you will not leave this place hungry. More Info

Location: 110 E Costilla St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Suggested Dish: Colorado Breakfast Bowl – A bowl of Colorado green chili with bacon, eggs, and cheese. Served with two flour tortillas.

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