Saguaro cacti are revered by many for their medicinal properties as well as their quiet manner of conveying how to effectively display one’s biceps to giggly squaws. Sample other Southwestern innovations with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Southwest fare and drinks at The Green Chile.
The Green Chile's authentic Southwest menu greets lunch and dinner patrons with spicy regional fare and plate-crowding portions. Guests can begin with a ceremonial bath in chili-cheese fries drenched with their choice of signature sauce ($5.95) before loading up on chicken or beef fajitas served with a hearty entourage of Southwest rice, beans, and flour tortillas ($9.95/lunch, $11.95/dinner). Corn enchiladas come stuffed with chicken, pork, beef, or cheese ($7.95/lunch, $9.95/dinner). The eatery's green and red chilis—the former an amalgamation of spicy, green Hatch chilis and tender pork, the latter a milder option of Texan origin—are like the grandmother of meals: warm, comforting, and enjoyable with or without teeth ($7.95/lunch, $9.95/dinner).
The Green Chile
The chefs at The Green Chile want to re-create southwestern Tex-Mex cuisine, even if that means ordering shipments of New Mexico’s signature hatch chilis directly from the source. Although these mild or spicy green peppers appear out of place in Boise, they perfectly complement the restaurant’s burritos, quesadillas, and Southwestern-inspired burgers, adding a distinctive dose of regional flavor to dishes. Even without the chilis, the menu’s recipes continue to draw inspiration from the Southwest. A hearty red chili with diced onions and sour cream takes its cues from Texan cuisine, and the Arizona burrito’s flour tortillas are reminiscent of the state’s acres upon acres of tortilla-filled cacti.