About Us

New Mexico's Beef Jerky

The Old Santa Fe Trails Story

Matthew Chavez founder and CEO of Old Santa Fe Trail Beef Jerky started making the best beef jerky in 1988 at the meat market where he worked in the North Valley area of Albuquerque. To keep up with the ever-increasing demand, his operation has since moved into a facility that employs 18 people including his sons Andrew and Adam Chavez. We now produce more than three tons of beef jerky every week for both the retail operation at Route 66, and the Old Santa Fe Trail wholesale label. All products from Old Santa Fe Trail Beef Jerky are all-natural, with no preservatives, and produced at a U.S.D.A inspected facility.

Our popular red and green flavored beef jerky is made with chile’s grown in the Chile Capital of the World.

Hatch Valley of southern New Mexico is known as the Chile Capital of the World. Our Red and Green flavored beef jerky along with our other flavors Peppered and Original are hand seasoned and carefully dried utilizing a proprietary process. Top round cuts of meat get slow-dried in ovens that were engineered and hand built by Matthew Chavez. This ensures a crisper, tastier Beef Jerky, reminiscent of something our grandparents would be proud of. This drying method creates a lightweight product that doesn’t require refrigeration. The top round cut of beef is the only one Matthew uses in order to provide his customers with impeccable quality and value.

“Get your kicks” on Route 66 by sampling the hot and tasty red chile beef jerky, green chile beef jerky, peppered beef jerky or the best original beef jerky. Stop into the storefront for Route 66 Beef Jerky located at 7500 Central SE, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you can’t make it down to the store for your jerky kicks, you can place a mail order for the best beef jerky around.

  • "My name is Warren and I would like to thank the people at OLD SANTA FE TRAIL (Route 66 Beef Jerky) for making a tasty snack that is also healthy for you. The idea of a snack that is low in carbs and fat has had a good impact on my eating habits and appearance. I've lost 35 pounds since I started eating your high protein low carbohydrate beef jerky."

    Warren Delutch
  • "Thank you for your prompt service. Your company has a great product. Keep up the good work!"

    Mr. Robinson
  • "I just wanted to let you know that my family loves your beef jerky. We were visiting relatives in New Mexico when we discovered your green chili beef jerky. We order every two weeks and we just can't get enough."

    Helen Flores
  • "My son mailed me a pound of your red chili beef jerky. I have eaten the last of your great product. Please send me three more pounds of red chili beef jerky!"

    Mrs. Emma Gonzales
  • Every year we attend the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We bought your green chili beef jerky and it was really good. I like the fact that your ingredients are all natural with no preservatives. We don't have anything like it here in Rialto. I'm getting my friends and family hooked on your beef jerky too. Thank you for the samples you sent of your other flavors. Your jerky is the best! Rialto, CA

    Amanda and Robert Evans
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