State inspectors make their rounds to visit green chile roasters

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Chile season is in full swing, but before roasters toss in the green chile, they have to get the green light from inspectors.

It’s all about safety for roasters like Chile Traditions.

“It’s chile time! Time to get your chile and get it put away for the winter. This is a very good time for everybody. This is something that we really look forward to here in New Mexico,” said Chile Traditions owner Ken Dewees.

Before roasters like Chile Traditions can serve to fellow New Mexicans, they need a permit from Clay Bailey, the LP Gas Bureau Chief.

“We got eight inspectors that cover the state of New Mexico when we have chile roasters coming up all over,” said Bailey.

The so-called “Superman of Chile” gave KRQE News 13 a behind the scenes look at an inspection, and the rules chile roaster need to follow.

“We’re looking for housekeeping, making sure there’s a fire extinguisher, and also we’re looking at visiting with the individual that’s operating the…