By Jacque Aragon
Special to The PREVIEW
Each year, the fall season arrives with shorter days, cooler nights and bushels of fresh roasted green chiles.
In Pagosa Springs, there is an annual green chile cook-off where chefs of all abilities and backgrounds compete for cash, trophies and bragging rights. This event, the Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic, was created to celebrate the green chile harvest and pay homage to a local green chile enthusiast who sated Pagosans’ green chile palettes for years with her tasty homemade recipe.
Patty Aragon, along with her husband, Ross Aragon, owned and operated Al’s West and East from the 1970s until 1992. Al’s was famous for its green chile, which was served straight up or atop burgers, fries and almost everything.