NAPI Places First at the Great NM Chile Taste-Off

Navajo Pride Chile Growers, (L-R): Judy Yazzie, Sheila Thompson, Elaina Viola, Leo Benally, and Sarah Foster

Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (“NAPI”) – NAPI proved to be one of the best on September 21, by receiving first place at the “Great New Mexico Chile Taste-Off” in Socorro, NM.

Local growers from across the state of New Mexico attended the event to compete with one another. There were four categories in the competition: Green Mild, Green Hot, Red Mild, and Red Hot. Each grower could enter in either the “Judged Taste-Off” or the “People’s Choice Taste-Off.”

This year was the first time NAPI competed and traveled to Socorro to enter the “Judged Taste-Off” for the Red Mild category. The Navajo Pride Red Chile is grown in hoop houses, located on the NAPI farm, by the conservation department.

“We are very proud of our team, who have done such an excellent job this season,” said Roselyn Yazzie, NAPI Chief Operations Officer. “NAPI continues to be recognized as a superior producer of Navajo Pride products, not only locally, but on an international level, as well.”

The award gives NAPI a membership to the state’s certified chile program and “bragging rights.” The event was proudly sponsored by the New Mexico Certified Chile and New Mexico Chile Association.

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