Hatch Chile 101

Chiles grown in Hatch, New Mexico are the most celebrated of the green chiles due to their short season & excellent flavour. Roasting them first brings out a deep smoky flavour which makes them a perfect addition to chili, salsas, soups, stews, cornbread or as a topping for Green Chile Cheese Burgers.

How to Roast

  • Roast the chiles within a few days of purchasing them.
  • Position a rack 4 to 6 inches below the heating element of your broiler. Preheat the broiler to high or 400° to 450°F.
  • Rinse the chiles and dry them with a towel. Arrange the chiles in a single layer on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet(s).
  • Place the chiles under the broiler and roast until the skin is charred and blistered, about 3 to 5 minutes. Avoid completely blackening the chiles; you’re looking for them to be about 60% to 70% charred. Using tongs, flip the chiles over and broil on the other side until the skin is charred and blistered, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove the chiles from the broiler and place them in a paper bag, food-safe plastic bag, or heat-safe bowl. Close the bag or cover the bowl, and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. The steam will help loosen the peel from the chiles.

How to Peel & Prepare

  • The chiles may be peeled and seeded prior to freezing or later, as needed.
  • Wear gloves to protect your hands and avoid touching your eyes.
  • To peel, pull the skin off the chile; it should come off fairly easily.
  • Seeds and membranes are most easily scraped out with a spoon. I
  • If you want, you can also chop the chiles into smaller pieces.

How to Store

  • Chiles should be completely cool before freezing them.
  • For food safety, whole chiles can be cooled at room temperature for up to 2 hours after roasting them, or refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • Seeded or chopped chiles are generally cool enough by the time you finish processing them.
  • Use plastic freezer bags or shallow containers, which help prevent freezer burn.
  • Arrange whole chiles in a single, flat layer to ensure even freezing and to prevent them from sticking together.
  • If using bags, press as much air out as possible.
  • Alternatively, you can freeze the chiles in a single layer on a tray, then transfer them to a container once frozen solid.
  • Chopped chiles may be frozen in ice cube trays and then transferred to a container. Store the chiles in the freezer for up to a year and thaw in the refrigerator before using.

See below for two tasty recipes that you can make with hatch chiles! 



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