Aspen’s Zocalito Latin Bistro moves to Denver, and brings its rare Oaxacan peppers with it |

Aspen’s Zocalito Latin Bistro moves to Denver, and brings its rare Oaxacan peppers with it

The bar area of Zocalito in Denver.
The Denver Post

Michael Beary loves peppers with the intensity that most people save for other people, pets or, well, the finished edible product of those peppers.

Beary is the chef/owner of Zocalito, the Latin bistro that just relocated from its 15-year home in Aspen to downtown in the Denver Place building. The Aspen building was sold and intended to be demolished, according to a release.

The food is all about Oaxaca, Mexico, but it’s not quite the Mexican food that most of us are used to. That’s because of those peppers.

The menu revolves around them — specifically chilcosles, pasilla de Oaxacas and the red, black and yellow variations of chilhuacles — and highlights their unique flavors in moles, salsas and picos. These guys are rare; so rare that Beary said they stopped showing up in 2004 due to genetic erosion of the peppers’ species. So, like Justin Timberlake with sexy, he decided to bring them back.

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