El Potrero Trading Post

El Potrero Trading Post


Thank you for your quick order processing! Your dried heirloom pods with a bit of heirloom ground hot chile makes an outstanding salsa! We miss being able to visit, but until then - Un millón de gracias!!💝
Chocolate Caliente' cake by Cakes & Jazz Denver CO. Thank you Allan Harris & Julie. This cake is very high-end baking and the El Potero Trading Post made it all happen! BEST PRODUCT ON EARTH!!!!
Got our chile order yesterday! I made Carne Adovada for dinner, tonight. Amazing! We are very happy, and full, in Ohio. Thank you!
I have a neighbor here in ABQ who has a wooden Chile ristra and it is just gorgeous. She says the man who made them many years ago retired and doesn’t know anyone who makes wooden ones. Does anyone out there know someone who does? The Chile’s are a good 4” long and the ristra is about 3.5’ long. It is really a stunning ristra for the outside of the house. The artist used a really fine paint that has not faded or chipped in the decades she has had it.
I recommend everything from here. The customer service is amazing too.
Hey guys, thank you again for my orders. Here’s a link to my page. Check it out. Radster Red New Mexico Chile Teaching folks about proper red out here in Texas.

El Potrero Trading Post (aka The Vigil Store) is a family-owned business specializing in New Mexico Folk art and local produce. El Potrero Trading Post (aka The Vigil Store) is a family-owned business located in the beautiful valley of Chimayo, New Mexico, next to the world famous El Santuario de Chimayo.

El Santuario is renowned for the mysterious healing powers of its sacred dirt and a crucifix of the Christ of Esquipulas. El Potrero carries the highest quality of religious articles, green and red chile, and folk art from New Mexico. We also offer retablos (saints painted on wood), bultos (carved saints), tin crosses and mirrors, milagros, Mexican tin retablos, and other traditional art created by well-known Spanish Market artists. We also carry a large selection of Zuni fetishes as well as various containers for the sacred earth from El Santuario. The store opened in 1921 by Alfonsa Vigil as a small grocery store servicing the local community of El Potrero. The store is now owned by her daughter, Elma Bal and run by her children, Raymond Bal and Vikki Tejada, who carry on the Vigil tradition of great customer service and hard work. Priscilla Martinez, the eldest daughter, and her children can be found helping during the summer months and Easter week.

Operating as usual

Happy New Year!

We thank you for your continued support through this very difficult year. Your website orders, chile orders and walk-up window business kept us afloat. We look forward to being able to open completely. We wish you peace, good health and love in 2021.

This hand-carved nativity has all the charm of northern New Mexico. An angel blesses the stable while Mary and Joseph adore the Infant Jesus and a donkey brays his welcome. The sheep arrive for their visit as well.This piece is by Louise Ortega . Please PM or call for pricing. 505 351 4112

These tin nativities make a great stocking stuffer. Each piece folds into the box for storage. The set contains ten pieces complete with farm animals. Each set is $32. Please call to place your order 505 351 4112.


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Great article which features our store. Don’t forget to place your Christmas chile orders! 505 351 4112. Check our website for the complete list of produce.

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El Potrero Trading Post

GOT CHILE? WE DO! We supply chile to restaurants throughout the US. We carry both machine dried and sun dried chile. We are one of the only places to buy authentic CHIMAYO HEIRLOOM CHILE. Visit our website www.potrerotadingpost.com or call us at 505-351-4112

The best Christmas gift and we'll ship it for you!

This stunning retablo of Santa Inez del Campo by Arlene Cisneros Sena is our latest acquisition. Santa Inez is the patroness of young girls, engaged couples, gardeners and those that work outdoors. Please call 505 351 4112 or PM for price.

Now is the time to enjoy a bike ride to Chimayo; enjoy the Fall colors and feel the crisp breeze! These motorcycle bells will keep the evil road spirits at bay! You can come by and pick one up or we’ll mail it to you along with your favorite chile. The store is open for window pick up 10 - 5 every day or call 505 351 4112; elpotrerotradingpost.com.

Each bell is $9.95. Choose from the following designs: Skull, Coyote, Motorcycle Rider, Praying hands, Live to Ride, Standing Angel Or Guadalupe.

Clarification: The store remains closed to the public. We are serving walk -up customers through the window and continue on-line sales through the website as well as through phone orders. Employees are on site to take orders. Thank you for your continued support!

Turquoise earrings and coral baby bracelets in stock now by Randy Garcia of San Idelfonso Pueblo. We are open 10 am - 5pm. Elpotrerotradingpost.com
505 351 4112

Christmas is just around the corner. This nativity will bring joy to your home! The adoration of the Infant Jesus by nine animals is carved by Ellen Alexander from Santa Fe. It measures 13 X 11 1/2” X 10” depth. Please call or PM for price. 505 351 4112

Sabinita Lopez continues the family legacy and tradition of Cordova chip carving. This nativity features Mary, Joseph, the infant Jesus and an Angel along w small critters scampering around the rails and cradle. There are two donkeys hidden in adoration behind the front rails. Fine detailed chip carving highlights every corner of this piece; 16”x16”X10”(depth). Please call or PM for price. 505 351 4112

It’s time for jewelry! Wanda Lobito is our featured artist this week. Her jewelry has been a favorite with our customers for years. All pieces are sterling silver some with semi precious stones. Please call to place your order 505 351 4112.

It’s time to showcase the Ortega family! Although we remain closed to walk in traffic we are still open for window pick up and phone inquiries. 505 351 4112.

Sometimes the best treasures come in on consignment! Please PM or call for prices. 505 351 4112

Gab Vigil is the santero who created the crucifix, Sacred Heart crosses and mini retablos. We also show a very special retablo by Nick Otero. All are available for purchase. Please message or call for prices. 505 351 4112

The store remains closed due to the pandemic so we thought we’d bring some of our treasures to you! Please call or message us for pricing. Someone is here 10-5 every day. 505 351 4112. Thank you!

We are still here! We are still accepting and shipping phone orders. We also have a window open and can get you all whatever you need. Call us at 505-351-4112, or come knock on the door and we’ll keep you stocked! Thank you!

[03/17/20]   Due to the recent circumstances our doors are locked. We are currently taking phone orders 505-351-4112. We also have a window open and can sell items through the window. We appreciate all the support and business and we will continue to do our best to meet our customers needs. Thank you all and stay healthy!

Alcario Otero is a master Santero from Los Lunas New Mexico. His work has inspired many of today’s Top artists. We are honored to have these pieces available. Alcario is a wonderful person and amazing artist. Come in and see these and other pieces by Alcario. Or you can call us with any questions. 505-351-4112

We always have great stuff on the walls. Come in and check it out if you are near by. Or give us a call if you see something you like. 505-351-4112.

We truly appreciate all you Chile addicts. Thank you for your support!

New Mexico Certified Chile Program

This holy family is painted by Gabriel Vgil. We have several other pieces by this artist, and many others! We also have a full stock of all our wonderful chiles including the Chimayo Heirloom for those last minute Christmas gifts. come in and see us, we are here 9-5. You can also call for more info. 505-351-4112.
Merry Christmas!


NASA project proves New Mexico chile is out of this world

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A day in Chimayo, tasting and bagging the dried red and green chilies of New Mexico

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We are super excited about our new collection of Native made New Mexico sterling and turquoise jewelry!
Call for more info, 9-5, 7 days a week: 505-351-4112

Isaias Martin Lopez is a very talented young man from Alcalde New Mexico. He is an up and coming artist and definitely someone to keep an eye out for. These pieces are available as well as several more. Come down to Chimayo to see more of his beautiful work!

Alcario Otero was in this weekend and brought in these wonderful pieces. He never fails to amaze us. His colors and use of traditional techniques set him apart from the rest. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. 505-351-4112.

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[Fan Photo] Thank you Kathy Lawitz!


Chimayo Heirloom chile has deep roots

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Check out this great article on our Chimayo Heirloom Chili!

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Call for your fix today. 505-351-4112!!

Ayer, Hoy, Y Mañana - An Exhibtion of Traditional and Contemporary Arts.

Opening Reception this evening! Dont miss this exhibition!

Our fresh crop of sundried Chile has arrived! We now have all varieties available. Come in and stock up or give us a call to place your order!

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