It's Hatch green chile season in New Mexico, and we're celebrating with a collection of Healthy Hatch Green Chile Recipes! From breakfast through dinner, even ice cubes for your cold drinks, we've got you covered!
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.
About Hatch Green Chile
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. Yes, the Anaheim chile is related, and was also developed at the Chile Pepper Institute by pioneer horticulturist Fabián Garcia.
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. The longer you keep your chile in the freezer, the hotter it gets!
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 for inspiration. If you can't find fresh, you may find fresh-frozen chile at your market. You can also order high-quality fresh frozen chile 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:
Hatch Chile Cheddar Egg Bites from What a Girl Eats
Hatch Chile Breakfast Strata from Garlic and Zest
Green Chile Savory Oatmeal with an Egg from Beyond Mere Sustenance
Delectable Dinner Dishes Featuring Hatch Green Chile:
Hatch Chile Pork Empanadas from Garlic and Zest
Grilled Pork Chops with Hatch Green Chile Polenta from Beyond Mere Sustenance
Tuna Melt Panini with Grilled Onions and Hatch Chile from Fearless Dining
Black Bean Shiitake Burgers with Hatch Chile Mayonnaise from Le Petit Eats
Spiced Pork Stuffed Hatch Chile from The Flavor Bender
Green Chile Polenta with Citrus Shrimp from Beyond Mere Sustenance
Slow-Cooker Lamb Stew with Hatch Chile Peppers from Fearless Dining
Hatch Chile Steak Roll Ups from the Fit Fork
Miscellaneous Mashup of Mouthwatering Hatch Green Chile Recipes:
Roasted Hatch Chile Hummus from Three Olives Branch
Southwest Black Bean, Corn, and Green Chile Salad from Beyond Mere Sustenance
Hatch Chile Ice Cubes from Tasting Page
Roasted Tomatillo and Hatch Green Chile Salsa (Salsa Verde) from Beyond Mere Sustenance