It’s time to celebrate Hatch chile season! It officially began this week and you’ll start finding them in stores today!
Hatch chiles are a prized New Mexican chile and are only available in August and September. These Southwestern chiles are grown in the Mesilla Valley, where the sunlight is intense and and the nights are cool. It’s this climate combination that creates wonderful earthy flavored, subtly sweet, delicious mild or hot Hatch chiles.
(FYI, Hatch chiles are one of the few chiles where hot and mild can be determined, even though they all look the same. They should be labeled as such in stores — if they’re not, I’d ask the produce department if they know, and if they don’t, ask them to cut into one for you. They can be very, very hot — or not at all.)
Dozens of stores across the U.S. are celebrating with Hatch chile roastings. You can go to one of these super fun events and purchase a box of Hatch chiles, and have them roasted right then and there! Super cool to watch, and delicious and ready to use when get home.
Click on the “Get Your Fix” arrow and it will lead you to a list of Hatch roasting dates and locations!
P.S. This is the best tostada recipe ever — the chicken is amazing! (In my humble opinion, of course. ;-))
My foodie friends are writing about, and cooking with Hatch chiles, too:
The Stage is Set: Hatch Chile Season Opens from Lana of Bibberche
Hatch Chile Pesto Potatoes from Nancy of A Communal Table
Preserving Hatch Chiles from Nicole of Presley’s Pantry
This is not a sponsored post. I love Hatch chiles and Melissa’s Produce, and all opinions are my own.
Book photo is from MelissasProduce.com.