This watercolor painting is of the colorful chili ristras that hang from mantles, doorways, and window sills on homes and businesses throughout New Mexico after the chili harvest in the fall. The bright green chilis turn deep red as they dry in the warm southwestern sun. Red chilis are broken up, the seeds removed (aka red chili flakes) and then they are ground up into spicy chili powder.
New Mexico has amazing traditional Mexican food. One of the common questions asked by a server when ordering is, “what do you like? Red? Green? or Christmas?” referring to the delicious red chili, green chili, or a combo chili sauces that light up burritos, enchiladas and tamales.