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!
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. 😀