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College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES)




May 2, 2023


Our retail shop is open to the public. Masks are optional; we respect your choice.

We are located on the campus of New Mexico State University, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265 (940 College Drive). We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm. Please call (575)646-3028 for more information. 

Our online shop is open (click on the"Store" tab at the top of this page). 


  Our 2023 Teaching Garden is being planted this week. Please call us to find out when it will open for visitors. 

Thanks for your support,

Staff of the Chile Pepper Institute

The Chile Pepper Institute is the only international, non-profit organization devoted to education and research related to Capsicum, or chile peppers. Established in 1992, the Institute builds on the research of chile peppers since the famous horticulturalist Fabian Garcia (the father of the U.S. chile pepper industry) began standardizing chile pepper varieties in 1888. The Institute is located on the New Mexico State University campus, Las Cruces, NM in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265 (575-646-3028). In the Institute visitors will discover chile research posters, chile pepper books, art, and hundreds of high-demand and hard-to-find chile pepper seed varieties. To visit our online shop click on the "Store" link at the top of this page.

Because we are located on a university campus with parking restrictions and regulations, we require ALL VISITORS to sign in at the Institute with the following information to avoid a parking ticket:

  1. Model of Vehicle

  2. Color

  3. License Plate Number