Savory Oatmeal With Green Chile

Savory oatmeal… say what? Savory Oatmeal With Green Chile may dispel your preconceived notions as to what your bowl of oatmeal ought to look and taste like! Yes, this savory oatmeal is simmered in broth, and enriched by flavorful Hatch green chile. Top it off with a runny egg (any style) and you have a nutritious and delicious vegetarian bowl of goodness to start your day…

Savory oatmeal with green chile in stoneware bowls topped with an egg, avocado, and crumbled cotija.

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It is easy to fall into a rut when it comes to our diets. I submit that January 2017 is a great time to shake things up a bit. My husband and I actually prefer to start our days with a savory breakfast, and we have both found that the combination of protein and complex carbohydrates keeps us satisfied longer…

My blog has featured a couple of our favorites including Savory Waffles With Green Chile and Sausage Gravy and Green Chile Polenta With Runny Baked Egg. You may notice a common thread with these breakfast recipes? Yep. It’s Hatch green chile. Breakfast. Perfection.

Until recently, that classic bowl of oatmeal with a bit of brown sugar and milk was “off the table.” Then I began to think why not make a savory oatmeal? I love oatmeal, but most mornings, the thought of a sweet breakfast is unappealing. Thus, I decided to give it a whirl.  πŸ™‚

  • broth or stock
  • salt
  • old fashioned or rolled oats – I use old fashioned (aka rolled) oats in this recipe. They have better texture than quick or instant oatmeal, but still cook quickly (5 minutes). You can use your preferred oatmeal, and refer to the package instructions for cooking time.
  • Hatch green chile – You want roasted, peeled, seeded Hatch green chile that is chopped. You may be fortunate enough to have some in your freezer. You can find brands like Bueno chopped green chile in the freezer section of many markets, and canned green chile in the canned foods section.
  • eggs – I almost always do runny basted eggs for this savory oatmeal recipe because I can easily do several at one time. If I have time, though, I want to make these Over Easy Eggs. Make your favorite!
  1. Start the oatmeal – Add the broth or stock and salt to a medium saucepan. When it comes to a boil, add the oats and chopped green chile. Stir to combine, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover. Cook 5 minutes (or according to package instructions), stirring once or twice.
  2. Make the eggs – Prepare one egg per person according to your preferred method.
  3. Serve – To serve, add the green chile and oatmeal to a bowl, top with the egg, and garnish as desired. Enjoy!

Quick oats do not maintain their texture, and the result is somewhat mushy. I love the firm texture of steel cut oats, but they can require 30 minutes to an hour to cook. The nutritional value is the same for all varieties.

This recipe is flexible; use vegetable or chicken stock/broth as it adds flavor to the oatmeal. Obviously, if you’re vegetarian, choose the former! Check the package instructions for ratio of liquid to oats. Whatever you do, don’t forget the salt! Unseasoned oats taste flat.

About Hatch green chile – Hatch green chile is very widely available now. If you’re fortunate enough to have access to fresh Hatch green chile (as I did for 22 years in Las Cruces, New Mexico), then by all means, use fresh. You may find Hatch green chile in your grocer’s freezer section in tubs or plastic shrink wrap.

Another good alternative is “canned” Hatch green chile that comes in jars packed only in water. Green chile can be found in mild, medium, hot, extra hot… If all else fails, you should be able to find canned green chile of some sort (it may not be Hatch) in the Mexican food section in cans.

Remember, while oatmeal is naturally “gluten free,” if you have gluten sensitivity, be sure to check the package! 

Prepare your egg the way you like it. I have done this with both basted and poached runny eggs. Delicious!

Garnishes – If you’d like to dress it up a bit, try adding avocado slices, chopped cilantro, and crumbled cotija cheese. Come on… what are you waiting for?

What kind of oatmeal should I use?

You can use your preferred oats – steel cut, old fashioned or rolled, instant or quick. I prefer old fashioned oats for this recipe. They hold their shape and cook in 5 minutes.

Is this oatmeal recipe good leftover?

I make the recipe for 4 servings, and spoon half the oatmeal into individual ramekins for my husband to add an egg and “bake” it in our convection/microwave for his quick, early-morning breakfast on-the-go.

A close up shot in a blue stoneware bowl of the savory oatmeal with Hatch chile, and a broken runny egg.

Does the sound of Green Chile Savory Oatmeal With An Egg prompt intrigue, mouth-watering, or repulsion? Haha  πŸ˜† Inquiring minds want to know! The start of a new year is a great time to add a bit of spice to your life in the form of a healthy and nutritious breakfast.

Signature in red and green with chiles and limes.

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Savory oatmeal topped with a runny egg.

Savory Oatmeal With Green Chile

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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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast | Brunch | Lunch
Cuisine New Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 231 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ½ cups broth or stock - vegetable or chicken (see notes)
  • ½ tsp salt - or to taste
  • 2 cups old fashioned or rolled oats
  • ¼ cup chopped Hatch green chile - drained if necessary
  • 4 eggs

Instructions

  • Add the broth or stock and salt to a medium saucepan. When it comes to a boil, add the oats and chopped green chile. Stir to combine, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover.
  • Cook 5 minutes (or according to package instructions), stirring once or twice.
  • Prepare one egg per person according to your preferred method.
  • To serve, add the green chile and oatmeal to a bowl, top with the egg, and garnish as desired.

Notes

My instructions are for “old fashioned” or “rolled oats.” Confirm liquid to oats ratios and cooking time, and adjust accordingly.
I make this recipe for 4 for the 2 of us. I place the remaining oatmeal into stoneware bowls and cover with plastic wrap. They can be reheated and topped with a fresh egg for breakfast on the go!

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal

NOTE: Macronutrients are an approximation only using unbranded ingredients and MyFitnessPal.com. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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30 Comments

    1. Hi Carolyn! If it’s a single serving ramekin (that’s the way I do it), I find 2 to 2 1/2 minutes works well. It does depend on the output (watts) of your microwave. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. I am BEYOND ready to try savory oatmeal. Filing this baby for my post-whole30 life! Yummo.

  2. This sounds delicious especially on these cold mornings. I love oatmeal and the idea of adding green chili’s and egg sound amazing!

  3. *boom* that is my head exploding πŸ˜‰ I don’t know why I haven’t ever considered savory oatmeal. It sounds phenomenal. I also love the chile + egg combo.

  4. What a great idea! I love savory quinoa so why not oatmeal? I mean really everything’s better with some spice and a warm egg. Looks delicious!

    1. I know, right? I really prefer a savory breakfast to a sweet one, and oatmeal is so healthy. I’m so excited to have found a way to combine them in a quick breakfast!

  5. I’ve never thought about making oatmeal savory before! I love the idea, though. Anything to get extra broth into my family! I wonder how my kids would take to this… πŸ˜‰

  6. You totally sucked me in with the Green chile! I have a Hatch Chile Pork Empanada on my blog today — those chiles make everything better — and i love the idea of savory for breakfast — that egg is the cherry on top!

    1. Yay for Hatch green chile fans! Your empanada sounds fantastic, so I’d better check it out. πŸ™‚ This savory oatmeal is a super quick and healthy way to start the day!

  7. I love the idea of a savory oatmeal! I never grew up on oatmeal like my hubby did. Eats it all the time. I grew up on pasta so I would eat pasta for breakfast all the time. I think that having a savory breakfast far outdoes any sweet offering. Don’t get me wrong I love my doughnuts but I prefer a bagel with cream cheese and chives (nothing sweet) or some polenta. I usually make mine with broth instead of water to make it more savory. A friend of mine in college used to eat milk and sugar on her rice (she was a Northerner…) which I used to think was weird but a grain is a grain. Oatmeal, polenta, rice, quinoa, whatever. Having savory, and spicy for that matter, is on point! I don’t get Hatch chilies here but thanks to the interweb I will be getting some soon!

    1. I’m so with you on that Jennifer! I love an “everything” bagel with cream cheese, lox, capers, and tomatoes… Yes, on broth with grains for breakfast! If you need any resources for online ordering of chile let me know. I’ve got some great resources πŸ˜‰

  8. This sounds delicious especially on these cold mornings. I love oatmeal and the idea of adding green chili’s and egg sound amazing!

  9. Happy New Year!!!! Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Well, this is over the top crazy!!!! A bunch of ingredients that I love but never would have thought of putting them all together in one dish. Very creative Tamara and just crazy enough for me to want to try, because as you and I know – everything is better with chile. πŸ™‚

    1. I know I can count on you for enthusiasm over my green chile posts MJ! I’d been mulling this over in my head for quite some time. I finally made it New Year’s Eve morning, and we were amazed! Then I made it 2 more times to be sure. So simple, and so delicious! Let me know if you try it! Yes, everything is better with chile πŸ™‚ Once a New Mexican, always a New Mexican…