Authentic New Mexico Hatch Chiles are a favorite Southwestern chile. These chiles are named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico. Growers say that the intense sunlight and cool nights in this valley result in a uniquely flavored chile. Hatch chiles are a distant parent to the Anaheim chile with a meaty flesh and mild to medium hot heat.
Hatch chiles can be used in a broad range of Latin dishes. They can be easily seeded and added to soups, stews, and dips, or enjoyed whole when roasted with meats or stuffed with cheese. Unlike other chile varieties, New Mexico Hatch Chiles are only available for 6 weeks each year during the months of August and September.
In the Southwest, it is not uncommon to see consumers buying 30 to 40 pounds of Hatch chiles at one time due to the short growing season. Then the chiles get roasted at home or even roasted in large chile roasters outside the store to prepare them for storage. The storage of these chiles handles well in the freezer and then they can be taken out as needed for recipes.
Five exciting New Mexico Hatch Chile Roasting events are being held in front of selected Bristol Farms stores. Although we will be roasting in five locations only, product will be available in all stores starting August 7, 2013.