Roasting Hatch Green Chiles from New Mexico
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Nothing says autumn in New Mexico like the wafting smells of roasting green chilés. August is New Mexico green chile harvest time. The best green chiles are grown in New Mexico and the best are from Hatch New Mexico.
This season has been a bit dry in New Mexico. There were concerns earlier in the season that there was not enough ground water to serve the needs of the Hatch Chile fields. Help did come in the form of some rain.
However, many New Mexicans are touting this season’s freshly harvested Green Chiles as one of the best tasting crops they have had in years.
Do keep in mind that green chiles can come from mild heat to very hot heat. It is perfectly acceptable to ask how hot the chiles and the subsequent chile sauce is before you order. Also, keep in mind that fresh chiles tend to be hotter than frozen or canned chiles.
Here is a bit on how to roast these very special green chiles.
Hatch Green Chiles
Purchasing Green Chiles
Your local grocer may not have green chiles but I bet the local Mexican Grocer DOES have a huge bin of green chiles.
I would start out with about two dozen nice fresh looking green chiles. Make sure there are no spots of any unsavory color like brown, black, or yellow. The Hatch Chiles should be about 6" to 9" long. See the picture above as a reference. These are Hatch Chiles from New Mexico and are being sold at a mainstream grocery store in New Mexico. You buy them by the burlap bag here!
Commercial Roasting at the Grocery Store
Many Mexican grocery stores will have big roasters outside their stores this time of year. They will be roasting 20 pound bags of Hatch Chiles as being purchased by people at their grocery store. The burlap bags will sweat them for the purchaser. Once you get home you may peel and freeze.
But you can roast your own and here is how to roast them at home:
Wash and pat dry the chiles. Here is the oh-so simple method to roasting chiles.
Roasting Hatch Chiles #1
Lay the chiles right on the gas burner. The gas burner should be on medium. As the chiles blister, turn them with tongs. Once they are blistered all over and charred black in many places, place them in a paper bag. Let them stay in the closed and sealed bag for 15-20 minutes. This is called sweating the Hatch Green Chiles. Removed them from the bag and skin them. Wear plastic gloves. You may then use them or freeze them for later use.
Roasting Hatch Chiles #2
Turn the oven on medium broil. Lay the chiles on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet (aluminum foil is for easy clean-up), and broil. Watch them blister and char. Then remove them and sweat them in the paper bag for 15 minutes. Again, peel, use and freeze. Be sure to wear plastic gloves for the peeling step.
Roasting Chile Notes: Some people freeze with the peels on and then peel them after they thaw.
Green Chile in New Mexico
Frozen Green Chiles
Red or Green?
This is the state question and it refers to what your waitress or waiter will ask you when ordering New Mexico style Mexican food. Do you want your food smothered in green chiles or red chiles? It is perfectly acceptable to ask for Christmas which means half and half!
It is also acceptable to ask how hot the chiles and the subsequent sauces are that day. You will find that many authentic restaurants make their own sauces and salsas daily and therefore, the heat will vary with the chiles used that day.
Here are some other mouth watering recipes for the New Mexico Hatch Chile Connoisseur:
Green Chile Recipes
- Salsas and Nachos New Mexican How To!
Weekend foods New Mexico style. Nachos. tomato salsa, tomatillo salsa, avocado dip, green chile cheese fries, jalapeno peanut brittle, wines, beers, and sodas Tailgate ideas.
- Green Chile Stew Recipe New Mexico
Green Chili Stew Recipe from New Mexico. Pictures and instructions. Hatch Green Chili. Top Ten Recipe Winner of the 1st Annual Biad Chili Tough Book of Green Chile Recipe.
- Green Chile Cheeseburgers
Cheeseburgers with Green Chile
- Green Chile Gravy OR Sauce
Easy way to make delicious New Mexico Hatch Green Chile Sauce (gravy.) Yummy!
- Green Chile Sweet Dip a Southwest Gourmet Specialty
Sweet and zingy, green chile dip recipe. A unique and piquant treat for wine tasting. Seriously great tasting and gourmet!
- Green Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce
Green Enchiladas (Tomatillo Sauce)
- Turkey Stuffing with Green Chiles
Use Green Chiles from New Mexico with left-over turkey to create a tasty stuffing dish for your family. A Chile cook-off winning recipe! Easy and inexpensive!