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New Mexico stirs up Super Bowl chile bet

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A friendly Super Bowl bet between the Seattle and Denver mayors is causing a stir in New Mexico.

If the Seahawks win, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has wagered a few things he says are indicative of his city. Among them: handmade skis, a hoodie and a sampling of Denver’s “amazing green chile.”

Chile from the Mile High City?

The question has fired up New Mexicans, who turned to social media to extol New Mexico’s long history with the hot peppers.

After all, chile is the state vegetable and the basis of the official state question — “Red or green?” Laws have even been passed to protect its spicy reputation.

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