If you’ve lived in Colorado long enough, you’ll know that green chili is one of the quintessential dishes to enjoy Denver to the fullest. Spare your effort because we ventured out to find five of the best places to eat. This traditional Mexican dish can be devoured in several ways, like smothered over burritos, as a soup, or drizzled over tacos.
Mariscos El Rey 3
Decorated with luscious seascapes, this restaurant provides friendly service and delicious food. Although seafood is their specialty, do not overlook their signature Molcajetes, suitable to share with the whole family. The dish arrives at the table in a large stone mortar, heated in a large oven, containing a medley of meat and vegetables. Pour your soup of choice into the hot mortar at the table and savor that sizzle. Lakewood. mariscoselreyco.com
La Loma, a family-owned Mexican restaurant in a quaint auburn brick house resting on a hilltop, serves food as picturesque as their location. Their menu includes fresh house-made flour tortillas, signature margaritas, and Grandma’s award-winning Green Chili Soup. Denver. lalomamexican.com
Known as the best food truck in 2019, Adobo is now recognized in the Top 100 restaurants in Denver and Denver’s Best New Bar in 2023. Take advantage of $2 tacos on Tuesdays, including Grilled Watermelon, Pork Belly, Sofritas, and Smoked Carnitas decorated with house-made green chili salsa. Parents, be sure to keep your Thursday nights free for salsa and bachata classes open to all levels, accompanied by a live band for an unforgettable date night. Denver. adobodenver.com
El Taco de México
This walk-in restaurant has been family-owned since its grand opening in 1985, making consistent and delicious Mexican food. A casual eatery designed to share flavors from Mexico, best appreciated on its front patio or while you’re walking through the Santa Fe Art Walk, searching for a rich bite on the go. Their most ordered dish is the Chile Relleno Burrito smothered with green tomatillo salsa. Denver. el-taco-de-mexico.business
Dine in for an early lunch or a late-night snack from one of three locations serving authentic Mexican food. From their Tres Queso Tacos and roasted Green Chile Rellenos to their soups, you’ll wish you saved room for more. Partake in family dinner on their beautifully luscious garden-style patio with live music from their outdoor stage while the weather is still nice. Denver. loscarboncitoscolorado.com