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Green Chili Breakfast Casserole

Updated on September 17, 2017
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Green Chili

Mmmm, mmmm chili pepper.
Mmmm, mmmm chili pepper. | Source

Hate Turned To Love

I don't know when it happened. I can remember hating anything hot while I was growing up in New Jersey. My friends would get the jalapeno cheese and I would pick the all green out. I would pick and pick and only eat it once all that hot green stuff was out. After eating the cheese (having picked out the chilies), my mouth would burn! I always had a big glass of water by my side while eating this cheese. How my friends would laugh and laugh. Then came my downfall. I moved to New Mexico. Slowly, patiently and without malice they addicted me to green chilies.

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

Chilies

Green and red chilies
Green and red chilies | Source

New Mexican Chilies

New Mexico has the world's finest green chilies. At least in my humble opinion. "Hatch" green chilies are the cream of the crop. These are the best green chilies available. The town of Hatch, NM has something, maybe the climate, maybe the soil or maybe something in the water, whatever it is it makes their chilies rule supreme in the chili world.

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Hatch is the "Green Chili Capital of the World".

I Love Green Chili

I love green chilies. They have a wonderful smokey, sweet, hot flavor that defies description. I must have my green chilies at least once a week! If I can't I start craving green chilies. I always keep a couple of 4 oz cans of green chilies 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.

You can go to any Walmart and buy raw green chilies. Once you get outside, you can roast them on the spot. Nothing smells so good as Walmart in chili season! It is so enjoyable to stand and watch the people turn the huge roasters and smell the chili's cooking over an open flame.

Roasted Green Chilies

Roasted green chilies, making my mouth water.
Roasted green chilies, making my mouth water. | Source

Roasting Green Chilies

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 giant batch of roasted chilies, 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 considerable work to prepare a year's worth.

Healthy and Nutritious

Green chilies are remarkably nutritious! One green chili pod has as much vitamin C as 6 oranges. Green chilies are an excellent source of vitamin A and have several necessary minerals. One of my favorite things about green chilies is that they increase your metabolism. That is why you will break out in a sweat while eating chilies.

Chilies and Cheese

Milk and milk products are the best thing to cure that "chili burn" in your mouth. Milk is a natural remedy. Did you ever wonder why milk works and water doesn't? It has to do with some of the chemical compounds found in milk and chilies.

Chilies contain a chemical called capaisin. This chemical is extremely irritating to the human body. Capaisin is the reason you see recommendations to wear gloves and to keep your fingers away from eyes, nose and mouth while cutting chilies. Capaisin is the reason your mouth burns after eating food with chilies.

Milk contains a chemical called casein. Casein is a fat-loving chemical. Capaisin is an oil. Oil and water do not mix and this is why water does not work to cure the "burn". However, capaisin binds well with the casein which allows milk to wash the capaisin down the throat, and the "burn" out of your mouth. Maybe this is why cheese is so often included in chili dishes.

Craving Green Chilies

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!

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole
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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: Serves eight

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups Stuffing Mix, Your Favorite
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Onion, Chopped
  • 8 Eggs, Large
  • 2 cups Milk, Any Kind
  • 1-2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 5 slices Bacon, I use pre-cooked, but you can cook your own if you prefer
  • 4 oz can Diced Green Chili, I use mild
  • 1 teaspoon Salt, Or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper, Or to taste

Instructions

  1. Saute the onions in a pot using 1 tablespoon of butter until they begin to brown.
  2. Add the remaining butter and the water to the pot with the onions. Bring the water to a boil and let the butter melt. Remove from heat and add the stuffing mix. Stir as directed on the package.
  3. Spray a 9" X 13" pan with Pam or grease with whatever is on hand.
  4. Put the stuffing mix into the bottom of the pan in an even layer.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded cheese evenly over the top of the stuffing.
  6. Chop the bacon and sprinkle it evenly over the top of the cheese.
  7. Sprinkle the green chilies over the top of the stuffing, cheese and bacon. (You don't have to use the whole can if you think it will be to hot. Start with 1/2 the can and increase until you find the correct heat for your family. You can put the left over green chilies in a baggie and freeze them for another time.)
  8. Break the eggs into a mixing bowl. Add the milk, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  9. Pour the egg mixture over everything in the pan.
  10. Cover and bake in an oven preheated to 325 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Casserole is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Let sit 10 minutes, then cut and serve.
  12. You can do all except the baking the night before to make it easier in the morning. If you do, let the casserole sit out for about 30 minutes to an hour. The baking time will increase to about 2 hours if you put it in straight from the fridge.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 weeks ago from Ohio

      Thank you Linda. It is a wonderful recipe. Use half a can of mild chilies and you will get a touch of heat, but not too much.

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      Linda Crampton 8 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your interesting article and recipe definitely make me want to explore green chili peppers! I do eat them at times, but only in small quantities. I need to try them in more dishes.

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      Preston MitchelI 7 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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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

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

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      kia31 7 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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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

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

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

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

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

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

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      amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

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

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

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

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      lxxy 8 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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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

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

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      TexasChickiMama 8 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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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      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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      Laughing Mom 8 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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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      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 8 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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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      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 8 years ago

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

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      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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      Ellandriel 8 years ago from Portugal

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

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      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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      Erick Smart 8 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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      Mardi 8 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!!

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      raiderfan 8 years ago from Arizona

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

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

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

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      Tom Koecke 8 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

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

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      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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      Ellandriel 8 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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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      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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      R Burow 8 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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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      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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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I am too much of a wuss for chillis :)

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      Connie Smith 8 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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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      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!

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      Ellandriel 8 years ago from Portugal

      I love green chillies!

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