Green Chili Addiction

I don't know when it happened. I can remember hating chili's. I used to pick the green stuff out of the hot cheese. I would pick and pick and only eat it once all that hot green stuff was out. Then came my downfall. I moved to New Mexico. Slowly, patiently and without malice they addicted me to green chili's.

They fed me salsa, they fed me taco's, they fed me fajita's. They gave me breakfast casserole, green chili stew, menudo. Green chili's took over my taste buds. Now I find that I need (need!!) green chili's. If I go too long without them I crave them like a pregnant woman craves pickles and ice cream.

New Mexico has the best, absolutely best, green chili's. You can go to any WalMart and they will let you buy green chili's and then roast them on the spot. Nothing smells so good as WalMart in chili season!

If you can buy Hatch green chili's do it. These are the best green chili's available. The town of Hatch, NM has something, be it climate, be it soil, but it is somethiing, that makes their chili's the best in the world. This report tells that chili is not addictive. I disagree! I am living proof that chili's are addictive. I hated chili's...now I crave them.

Last night I was craving green chili's.  I looked through my cupboards to find something to make.  The cupboards were a little bare, I really need to go shopping.  I did end up making a type of green chili breakfast casserole that turned out very good.

Most breakfast casseroles of this type that I have eaten are made with frozen shredded hash brown potatoes.  I did not have any on hand, so I substituted some stuffing mix.  The result was a dish halfway between breakfast casserole and strata.  The kids and I loved it!

Green Chili Breakfast Strata

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups Stuffing Mix

4 tblsp Butter

1/2 cup Water

1/4 cup Chopped Onion

8 Eggs

2 cups Milk

1-2 cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar

5 slices Pre-Cooked Bacon

4oz can Diced Mild Green Chili

Salt and Pepper to taste

Assemble the Casserole

Sauté the onions in 1 tblsp of butter until the begin to brown.  Add the remaining butter and the water.  Bring the water to a boil, let the butter melt.  Turn off the pan and add the stuffing.  Mix it together. 

Spray a 9" x 13" pan with Pam.  Put the stuffing in the bottom of the pan in an even layer.  Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top of the stuffing.  Chop the bacon and sprinkle it evenly over the top of the cheese.  Sprinkle the green chili over the top of all.  (You don't have to use the entire can if you are worried it will be too hot.  You can start with 1/2 of the can, and experiment until you find the correct heat for your family.  Freeze the leftover chili to use later.)

Break the eggs into a bowl.  Add the milk and salt and pepper to taste.  Mix this well and pour over the top of everything in the pan.  Cover and bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes to one hour, or until a toothpick put into the center comes out clean.

Let it sit 10 minutes before serving.  Then serve and enjoy!

I Love Green Chili

I love green chili's. They have a wonderful smokey, sweet, hot flavor that defies description. I must have my green chili's at least once a week! If not I simply cannot get them out of my mind. I always keep a couple of 4 oz cans of green chili's on hand, just in case. Like last night, the cravings will come on unexpectedly.

When I lived in New Mexico, I always had the Hatch brand in my cupboard. I have not found these out east, so I have to make do with what I can find. I really miss the smell of roasting green chili's that occurs at the end of each summer in New Mexico. It is fun to stand and watch the people turn the huge roasters and smell the chili's cooking.

Chili roasting starts in mid to late August in New Mexico. Southern New Mexico grows 75% of the chili peppers you eat.  Late summer and early fall will find New Mexicans everywhere gathering with friends and family for "Chili" parties.  They will combine their resources to get a batch of roasted chili's, then donning gloves set about the task of peeling, chopping and freezing.

These gatherings are filled with fun, family and friendship.  People know they will have to freeze enough chili's to last until the following year.  Real New Mexicans frown down on using chili's from a can.  They know that the only real green chili was fresh when they bought it.  New Mexicans use green chili almost every day of the week, it seems.  It is alot of work to prepare a year's worth.

Green chili's are very good for you!  One green chili pod has as much vitamin C as 6 oranges.  Green Chili's increase you metabolism, that is why you will sometimes break out in a sweat when you eat them. Green chili's are an excellent source of vitamin A and have several necessary minerals.

Chili peppers and cheese seem to go together so naturally.  And did you know the best way to stop the "burn" in you mouth is to drink milk or eat a dairy product.  Maybe this is why cheese is so often included in chili dishes.

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Ellandriel profile image

Ellandriel 7 years ago from Portugal

I love green chillies!

Even the very spice ones, I used to eat them at bets!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Ellandriel, I love them so much! LOL, I even love the hot ones, but my kids do not. I am hungry for more after watching them roasting!


Connie Smith 7 years ago

I am only up to a few jalepenos, but I do like those. Great job on this piece. I enjoyed it.


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

I am too much of a wuss for chillis :)


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Connie, I think jalapenos are hotter than green chili's, but I still love them stuffed with cream cheese! Mmmm Mmmmm!

ethel, Chili's are most definitely an acquired taste. I was always way to much of a wuss to eat them...until I lived in New Mexico for a while. I swear they put green chili's in everything! :D


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R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States

Kari,

I can smell them roasting from my computer. Good job. Save a cream cheese filled one for me. ?


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

R Burow, LOL, I love my chili's! I remember when I couldn't abide by them! Now I can't wait for them! I love them with cream cheese!


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Ellandriel 7 years ago from Portugal

Here we have padron peppers, very small, green ones. spanish I guess.

In the frying pan with olive oil and salt.... nice!

Its like lottary, ones or hot and others not! lol


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Ellandriel, that is how it is if you buy them fresh here. Some are hot, others are not! LOL, I hear they have great chili's where you come from. I love how you say "its like a lottery"! This is so true when you buy them!


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Tom Koecke 7 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

Mmmm, I love chili peppers! You've got my mouth watering!


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Ahh k@ri, you need to make a trip to India, we're chilli freaks too!


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raiderfan 7 years ago from Arizona

I need chili on everything but I really like green chili on my chicken tacos


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Mardi 7 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

I am a big chili pepper fan too. Here in Texas we have a wide range of choices, all fresh and wonderful. Can't wait to the recipe thanks!!


Erick Smart 7 years ago

Excellent hub! I love spicy peppers of all types. I have a whole section in my garden every year where I grow my favs as well as some interesting sounding new ones.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Tom, My mouth waters just looking at the pictures!

Feline Prophet, I need to go then! Chili freaks unite! :D

raiderfan, Mmmm Mmmm, my mouth is watering!

Mardi, I miss all the fresh chili's in New Mexico! They also had a great choice.

Erick, Thanks! Yummy, fresh chili's off the plant! I should try growing some on my deck. :D


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Ellandriel 7 years ago from Portugal

Don't forget to wash hands after pick them fresh, before rubbing the nose.....


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Ellandriel, Very good advice! The oils on fresh chili's will burn you nose and eyes if you touch them then touch your face.


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

I'm roasting extra this year just so I can send you a batch of Hatch!!!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Seriously! :D :D :D That would soooo make my year! You're the best, Laughing Mom! How's that wrist?


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

Seriously, k@ri! Tell me how much you want. We planned a trip specifically to go get our own this year. I don't think we're going to DC again this year, but I'll roast, peel and freeze 'em then send them just for you.

Oh, and the wrist was doing great until too much time at Chuck E Cheese last night. I ended up having to take a couple of Demerols last night. Dang Chuck E Cheese!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Laughing Mom, I will let you know...that's a lot of work! Thank you! Chuck E Cheese is one mean old mouse! I'm going to kick him for you next time I see him!


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

Oh, I didn't tell you? I did that on my way out the other night.

Some friends who live in Vegas were dying to take us to this "authentic" Mexican restraunt there several years ago. We went, only to discover that when they ask you "red or green?" They meant ketchup or relish. We did have fun with the tortilla dough they gave us to play with while we were waiting for our food, though. We ended up having a few 'dough fights' out the car windows on the strip. Pretty sad when that's the excitement of Vegas.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Laughing Mom, I hope you got him good!

Red or green, ketchup of relish??? LOLOL! Oh yea, that's pretty "authentic"! Which did you get? I'm assuming you actually ate...I probably would have tried a burger. And they gave you dough to play with? Sounds like a very amusing place. :D


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TexasChickiMama 7 years ago from Texas Gulf Coast

Great HUb! I love Hot food now and am putting up salsa tomorrow all the Tomatoes are ripening at once


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

TexasChickiMama, Oh! I wish I was there to help you eat it!! :D


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

My stomach growled. I don't think it was from the chillis though...

...but stranger things have happened. ;) Interesting hub, as always kari...but no chilli for me! It just doesn't go well with my strange alien physics.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

lxxy, Will chili's cause your "strange alien physics" to explode? We wouldn't want that! Keep it safe :D


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

Yum! I'm a chili head too! Totally addicted. Fun hub. :)


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

amy jane, Hello, my name is k@ri and I'm addicted to green chili :D


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Love em'! Great hub k@ri...


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Michael, Mmmmm, I love them also! Now I'm craving them again! :D


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kia31 6 years ago from Los Angles

If you are ever passing by pretty much any town in New Mexico Stop at any McDonalds and get yourself a Double Cheese burger and ask them for green chili on it, its one of the best burgers you will ever get for around $1 or you can request it on the side for any breakfast or Dinner Item. Green chili from New Mexico is the Best and you can get it almost anywhere in New Mexico and the best thing is its very healthy you just cannot lose.


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

kia, Mmmmm...NM Green Chiles! They really are the best iin the world. I can still smell them roasting. MMMMMmmmm :D


Preston MitchelI 6 years ago

I'm definitely an addict. Green chile is amazing and the best is from hatch. You can buy them at http://hatchnmgreenchile.com for great authentic hatch green chile.

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