PUEBLO, Colo. - The Pueblo Chile has been a staple in the Steel City for many years, and the people of Pueblo can't get enough.
"If you come to Pueblo for the first time, you're going to say 'Whats on my eggs?' just shut up and eat it. It's on everything in Pueblo," said Robert Romero, owner of Romero's Cafe.
Now, to help spread the flavor all over the state, the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce is passing out petitions, hoping to have the Pueblo Chile become the state chile.
"Since Colorado didn't have one yet, there was a little niche there that we found and felt like Pueblo Chile fit the bill," said Donielle Gonzales from the Pueblo Chamber.
Romero grew up with the Pueblo Chile and says he loves seeing the recognition it's starting to get.
"Being in the restaurant business since 1976, and finally that we work with Pueblo Chile all these years, and finally see it coming to this point, it's really exciting for us," Romero said.
"Anything we can do to make sure Colorado knows more about the Pueblo Chile that we grow right here in Colorado, right here in Pueblo County, the better it's going to be for everyone," said Rep. Daneya Esgar of Pueblo County.
Dalton Milberger from Milberger Farms said he loves helping those first-time tasters experience the Pueblo Chile and learn the difference that makes it stand out from other chiles.
"We get to meet a lot of new people, visit with a lot of new folks, answer some questions and roast a lot of chile," Milberger said.
But make sure to get them now, because more times than not after the festival, they are gone for the year.
If you want to sign the petition, it will be at the festival, farm stands and at the Pueblo Chamber.