There’s something magical and amazing about Hatch green chile season in southern New Mexico… Use your words Tamara. 😀 How to describe a roaster full of Hatch green chile? Smoky. Rich. Heady. Perfumy. (Is that even a word?) Every year I said the same thing: “Why can’t we bottle this smell to enjoy year ’round?” Mmmm. There’s just nothing like it.
Having left New Mexico in the summer of 2015, I’m missing my 3rd Hatch green chile season. I guess I can’t expect you to “get it,” unless you’ve experienced it yourself. However, many parts of the country are now able to find Hatch green chiles, some are lucky enough to enjoy a Hatch chile festival and get a sack (or three) roasted.
Don’t assume all Hatch green chile is “equal.” The Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University rates New Mexico chile heat levels from 0-7,000 scoville units. We almost always got two 30-40 pound sacks of “medium.” Some years it had no heat, and some years we had to toss it by Christmas… Which brings me to my next important point. Warning: Green chile gets hotter in the freezer! Yes. It. Does.
Have you experience Hatch green chile? Are you an addict like me? I would love to hear from you! Today I bring you a collection of excellent Hatch green chile recipes to inspire you. If you can’t find fresh, you may find fresh-frozen chile at your market. You can also order high-quality fresh ones online. If you’re not sure what to do with the fresh ones, click through to Roasting and Peeling Instructions.
If you need more inspiration, check out my friend Sandi Gaertner’s 10 DELICIOUS HATCH CHILE RECIPES AND HOW TO ROAST THEM! This excellent post also includes a video for blistering your Hatch chiles on the grill!
Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom! You won’t want to miss a single recipe. 😀
Bold and Beautiful Hatch Green Chile Dishes with a “Bite” for a Healthy Breakfast or Brunch:
What a Girl Eats – Cynthia Cloud Woodman – Hatch Chile Cheddar Egg Bites
Garlic and Zest – Lisa Lotts – Hatch Chile Breakfast Strata
Beyond Mere Sustenance – Tamara Andersen – Green Chile Savory Oatmeal with an Egg
Delectable Dinner Dishes Featuring Hatch Green Chile:
Garlic and Zest – Lisa Lotts – Hatch Chile Pork Empanadas
Beyond Mere Sustenance – Tamara Andersen – Grilled Pork Chops with Hatch Green Chile Polenta
Fearless Dining – Sandi Gaertner – Tuna Melt Panini with Grilled Onions and Hatch Chile
Le Petit Eats – Denisse Salinas – Black Bean Shiitake Burgers with Hatch Chile Mayonnaise
The Flavor Bender – Dini Kodippili – Spiced Pork Stuffed Hatch Chile
Beyond Mere Sustenance – Tamara Andersen – Green Chile Polenta with Citrus Shrimp
Fearless Dining – Sandi Gaertner – Slow-Cooker Lamb Stew with Hatch Chile Peppers
The Fit Fork – Jennifer – Hatch Chile Steak Roll Ups
Miscellaneous Mashup of Mouthwatering Hatch Green Chile Recipes:
Three Olives Branch – Kim Mais – Roasted Hatch Chile Hummus
Beyond Mere Sustenance – Tamara Andersen – Southwest Black Bean, Corn, and Green Chile Salad
Tasting Page – Kelly Page – Hatch Chile Ice Cubes
Beyond Mere Sustenance – Tamara Andersen – Roasted Tomatillo and Hatch Green Chile Salsa (Salsa Verde)
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