The Best Hatch Chile recipes feature roasted Hatch Chiles, dried Hatch Chiles, Hatch Chile powder, and raw Hatch Chiles. Hatch Chile Season is so exciting!
What is special about Hatch Chiles?
Hatch chile season should be taken advantage of because it's only about 6 weeks long. Several years ago, Melissa's Produce introduced me to Hatch Chiles and I've been creating Hatch Chile recipes ever since.
Hatch chiles are a prized chile and are only available in August and September.
Where are Hatch Chiles Grown?
These Southwestern chiles are grown in the Mesilla Valley in New Mexico. 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.
How hot are they?
Ranging from very mild, to very hot, 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.
And if you're really lucky, there will be a Hatch Chile Roasting near you. At the roastings, you can get a huge box of the chiles and they'll roast them for you on the spot.
This is particularly awesome because the roasted peppers freeze beautifully -- so you can make Hatch Chile recipes all year long.
From stuffed Hatch Chiles and salads, to Hatch Chile Salsas and Cookies, there's something here for everyone!
So here we go . . .
What to do with a Bunch of Hatch Chiles
I hope you love all of these Hatch Chile Recipes as much as my family and I do!