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Jan 30, 2014 8:48 AM by Bethany Rhodes

Denver mayor sparks Super Bowl chile battle

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A friendly Super Bowl bet between the mayors of Seattle and Denver 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, resulting in a flurry of social media posts on 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.

To set the record straight, New Mexico officials are getting green chile care packages ready for both mayors.

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