For years I have done driving trips around the U. S. and Europe on business. I have long been a sucker for any sign that claims "world's best" of anything whether ice cream, hamburgers, bbq or....pistachios. On trips like this I have occasionally discovered some truly delicious food that I might not have otherwise even heard of.
In August I found myself on US 54 which is a truly obscure highway that wanders through rural New Mexico passing through the samll town of Alamagordo. Just outside the city I passed the Eagle Ranch Pistachio Groves. A sign heralded my approach proclaiming "Home of the original chili flavored pistachios!"
I stopped, went into the little store and bought a collection of one pound burlap bags ("Heart of the Dessert" is their name) of home grown pistachios. Some were unsalted and roasted in the shell. Some were green chili flavored, others were garlic and green chili flavored, still others red chili flavored. There was even lemon lime flavored pistachios. All of these were roasted in their shells.
When I returned home several days later several friends and I started munching on them. Whoa! I cannot tell you how deliciously addictive these were! They were larger, nuttier if you will, than any other pistachio I have ever had. The ones seasoned with green chili and garlic are just incredible! The red chili are almost over the top, too!
Below I have linked their website. I have no interest in this company and do not know anyone there. I just have a passion for pistachios (re: post on gorgonzola dolce toasted pistachio risotto recipe rom several years ago). I also just received ten pounds (!) of their pistachios which I ordered off of the internet which I bought for myself and some friends. If you have to limit yourself to one taste, and like spicy food with mild heat, try their green chili and garlic.
They are all seriously good!