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Is Beef Jerky a Healthy Snack?

Eaten in recommended portions, jerky can be a healthy snack. Vigil’s beef jerky is trimmed of excess fat and seasoned with natural ingredients before it is dried and packaged. A full 1oz serving of Vigil’s Carne Seca Jerky contains only 100 calories while providing 19 grams of protein and 15% of your daily Iron requirements. Vigil’s Beef Jerky is also low in Carbohydrates and most flavors contain little to no sugar

Many hikers pack jerky as a protein filled snack on long hikes. An article on notes that beef jerky is a good post workout snack helping to provide the extra protein required by active individuals (



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New Mexico Chile

Chile is a serious matter for many New Mexicans. An important part of the New Mexican culture, New Mexican green and red chile are used in just about everything around here including deserts. New Mexican green chile has been grown elsewhere and tends to be less spicy than New Mexican varieties. A common out of state pepper, known as the Anaheim pepper, is similar in appearance but lacks the kick present in New Mexico Hatch Chile.

The hotter variations of NM green chile were developed over a century ago and are now characteristic of the flavors found in most local dishes throughout the state. Dr. Fabian Garcia developed a hot pepper known as the New Mexico No. 9 which was the first version of the modern New Mexico pepper

Two of the most popular flavors of Vigil’s Carne Seca are New Mexico Green and New Mexico Red Chile which we proudly produce without many of the preservatives included in many big jerky brands. We only use fresh Green and Red Chile in our products delivering an authentic New Mexican flavor experience.


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What is Carne Seca?

Carne Seca is a popular type of dried beef that has been a staple of southwestern people for generations. Originally used as a form of food preservation, since this type of dried beef stays fresh for months, carne seca has become a staple as a snack food in many modern homes.

Vigil’s Beef Jerky is a traditional New Mexico Carne Seca in that it is seasoned with only the best local flavors including New Mexico Red and Green Chile. Vigil’s is also free of many of the additives found in many packaged jerky products giving our Carne Seca an authentic New Mexican flavor you just can’t get anywhere else.