20 Hatch Green Chile Recipes

It’s Hatch green chile season in New Mexico, and we’re celebrating with a collection of healthy (and not as healthy) Hatch Green Chile Recipes! From breakfast through dinner, even ice cubes for your cold drinks, we’ve got you covered!

👩🏻‍🍳 Tamara Talks – About Hatch Green Chile

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 8th 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. 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!

A collage of 4 Hatch green chile recipes - hummus, empanadas, enchiladas, and omelet.

Today I bring you a collection of excellent recipes using Hatch green chile. You’re sure to be inspired!

If you can’t find fresh Hatch chile, you may find fresh-frozen chile at your market. You can also order high-quality Hatch chile online. I have used their fresh and their roasted and frozen chile many times in the last 8 years. If you’re not sure what to do with the fresh ones, click through to Roasting and Peeling Instructions.

If you need even 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.  😀

Signature in red and green with chiles and limes.

🌶 Hatch Chile Recipes for Breakfast and Brunch

Roasted Hatch Chile Omelets 🌶️ Killing Thyme

A Hatch green chile omelet on a white plate with a fork.
This hearty omelet feature smoky Hatch green chile, spinach, cherry tomatoes, and cheddar… It's perfect for breakfast, but you'll love it any time of day!
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Hatch Chile Breakfast Strata 🌶️ Garlic and Zest

A glass baking dish with Hatch green chile strata and toppings.
Need an easy, make-ahead breakfast recipe? This Hatch Chile Breakfast Strata feeds a crowd and is even better with all the toppings!
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Savory Oatmeal with Green Chile 🌶️ Beyond Mere Sustenance

Savory oatmeal topped with a runny egg.
This savory oatmeal is simmered in broth, and enriched by flavorful Hatch green chile. Topped off with a runny egg (any style), you have a nutritious and delicious bowl of goodness to start your day…
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Roasted Hatch Chile Eggs and Grits 🌶️ Fearless Dining

Cheesy Hatch Chile Grits topped with an egg on a blue plate.
If you love cheese, these cheesy fire-roasted Hatch chile eggs and grits with a sunny side up fried egg is a delicious healthy breakfast.
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🌶 Hatch Chile Dinner Recipes

New Mexico Style Flat Green Chile Enchiladas 🌶️ Beyond Mere Sustenance

A close up of a stack of traditional flat Hatch chile enchiladas with a runny egg and a side of beans.
Simple, delicious traditional-style New Mexican Hatch green chile enchiladas with a runny egg… our favorite not healthy dish of all time!
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Hatch Chile Pork Empanadas 🌶️ Garlic and Zest

Hatch green chile and pork empanadas on a blue background.
Spiced, savory pork empanadas with a kick of fire roasted Hatch chiles and a fresh herb sauce – HEAVEN!
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Hatch Chile Salmon Cakes 🌶️ Beyond Mere Sustenance

salmon cake
A healthy and zesty way to use leftover or canned salmon or other fish, Hatch Chile Salmon Cakes combine flaked salmon with mashed sweet potato (no bread crumbs), Hatch green chile, and bell pepper with spices. The crispy, tender patties then get topped with avocado crema. Delicioso!
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Tuna Panini with Grilled Onion and Hatch Chile 🌶️ Fearless Dining

A tuna panini with Hatch green chile on a white plate.
This tuna melt panini sandwich with grilled onion and fire-roasted hatch chiles is a delicious sandwich. Full of melty cheese and awesome flavors.
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Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup 🌶️ Beyond Mere Sustenance

A white ceramic bowl of creamy green chile chicken soup with fresh toppings.
A healthy "kicked up" cream-style soup with cooked chicken, Hatch green chile, vegetables, and southwest flavors!
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Hatch Green Chile Chicken Quesadillas 🌶️ Three Olives Branch

Chicken and Hatch green chile quesadillas on a wood cutting board.
Hatch Green Chile Chicken Quesadillas are a great fast and easy Mexican food recipe for a weeknight dinner! Flour tortillas packed with cheese, roasted Hatch chile, and rotisserie or leftover chicken.
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Smoky Hatch Chile Corn Chowder 🌶️ Soup Addict

2 bowls of smoky Hatch chile corn chowder with fresh herbs.
Corn Chowder gets super-charged with wood-smoked corn and Hatch chile peppers, and a fragrant homemade corn stock.
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Healthy Bison Burgers with Hatch Chile 🌶️ Beyond Mere Sustenance

2 healthy bison burgers with Hatch green chile and all the fixings.
Lean ground bison is elevated with Hatch green chile in a patty that stands beautifully on its own or is great burger style in a bun!
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Slow Cooker Lamb Stew with Hatch Chile Peppers 🌶️ Fearless Dining

A white plate of lamb stew with Hatch green chiles on top of white rice.
This slow cooker lamb stew recipe with roasted Hatch chile peppers is a hearty, spicy stew that goes beautifully over rice. You get tender lamb meat with a spicy kick makes this a satisfying dinner.
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🌶 Miscellaneous Mashup of Hatch Chile Recipes

Raspberry Hatch Chile Moscow Mule 🌶️ Gastronom

A copper mug with a Hatch green chile mule cocktail.
Hatch Chile and Raspberry Moscow Mule, a twist on the classic mule recipe with a hatch chili and raspberry syrup! One of our favorite hatch chile recipes.
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Roasted Hatch Chile Spicy Hummus 🌶️ Fearless Dining

Roasted Hatch Chile Spicy Hummus 🌶️ Fearless Dining
It is hatch chile season and this hatch chile spicy hummus is the perfect appetizer for chile lovers. Vegan, Paleo, and full of protein.
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Hatch Pepper Skillet Cornbread Recipe 🌶️ Garlic and Zest

A cast iron skillet with Hatch chile cheese cornbread.
This rustic cornbread is loaded with Southwestern Flavors and fire roasted Hatch Chile Peppers for a little kick. Cheddar cheese makes this skillet cornbread recipe irresistible.
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Hatch Chile Ice Cubes 🌶️ Tasting Page

Hatch Chile Ice Cubes 🌶️ Tasting Page
Looking to up the ante on a lunchtime Iced tea or Sunday morning Bloody Mary? Make some hatch chile ice cubes to give a fun kick to any drink.
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Hatch Green Chile Salsa 🌶️ Beyond Mere Sustenance

Hatch Green Chile Salsa 🌶️ Beyond Mere Sustenance
This Hatch Green Chile Salsa (salsa verde) with tomatillos is so versatile… Roasted tomatillos, onion, and garlic join roasted Hatch green chile in a super flavorful and healthy salsa recipe.
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Spicy Bloody Marys 🌶️ Delicious Table

A tall glass with Hatch green chile bloody mary mix and garnishes.
Spicy Bloody Marys feature a homemade bloody mary mix with fire-roasted Hatch green chiles, fresh tomatoes, onions, horseradish, and spices.
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Baked Zucchini Fritters with Grilled Corn and Hatch Chiles 🌶️ Craving Something Healthy

Healthy zucchini fritters with Hatch green chile on a wood cutting board.
Got lots of zucchini and corn on the cob around? By all means, make a huge batch of these healthy zucchini fritters with green chile, and freeze some for a night when you don't feel like cooking!
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  1. I lived in Alamogordo, NM and Las Cruces, NM back in the mid-1990s. I remember being able to get the roasted chiles at parking lots.

    Back then, in my younger days, I did not appreciate what was being offered. Now I miss that, being in Virginia and being so much smarter.

    1. I sympathize Dean! We live in McAllen, Texas now, and I can’t get them here either. We try to plan a trip to Las Cruces in August or September (our son and many friends still live there), and bring a checked bag filled with roasted chiles home with us!

  2. My family is from New Mexico. Every year someone is kind enough to ship me Hatch or Chimayo Chiles…to Virginia….that I roast here on the grill, peel, bag and then freeze. The aroma is always amazing .. wonderful childhood memories. Thanks for these recipes. Will definitely try them! I just had red chile pozole on New Year’s from a family recipe…. Soo good! Happy New Year!

    1. We’re definitely connected through our love of New Mexico chile! I have to work harder to get them as I now live in south Texas, and 2 of our sons live in Charlotte, NC. Red chile posole is always a family favorite (and one of my most popular posts), and I will continue to do whatever I need to do to get those beautiful green pods, and that gorgeous earthy red chile powder! Thanks for taking the time to write in!

  3. Thanks for the shout out! We’d love to ship you a free box of flame roasted, hand peeled green chile grown on our portion of the Rio Grande! Send us an email if you’re interested.

    The Hatch Chile Store

  4. We bought a case and roasted a bunch for freezing this year… bottom line… I have a plenty to make every single one of these recipes~. Thanks for all of the ideas in one place!