There’s No Match for the Hatch
The Hatch Valley in New Mexico is the growing region of this well-loved variety of chile. Much like wine varietals, the location of origin makes all the difference for Hatch chiles. Though Anaheim chiles are similar and more widely available, Hatch Green Chiles have a cult following thanks to their unique flavor. Chances are, if you’ve spent time in the American Southwest—from Colorado to Southern California—you’re already a fan!
But, Hatch chiles have a very limited season and are only available in certain regions. So how can you get this crave-able flavor all year round? We have a solution: Hatch Green Chile Powder. It packs a ton of awesome New Mexican flavor into a spice jar. Hatch Green Chile Powder is great for conventional uses. When cooking, add 1 Tbsp. into your favorite chili or stew recipe. This culinary fave can be used in all kinds of Southwestern dishes including Colorado Green Chili, queso dip, or inside quesadillas before cooking. We love using this flavorful powder in Green Chile Sauce and Creamy Vegan Tortilla Soup.
When we say this powder “packs” in the flavor, it’s no joke! It takes about 18 pounds of chilies to make one pound of Hatch Green Chile Powder. That means there are about a dozen dried and ground Hatch chilies per spice bottle! The resulting flavor is distinctly earthy with a piquant flavor. The heat level is medium-hot, about a 6-7 out of 10.
While it's obviously a great ingredient for traditional and southwestern cuisine, don't stop there. For Hatch burgers, mix a teaspoon or two into 1 lb. ground meat before shaping into patties and grilling. Or turn that burger idea into a flavorful (but not too spicy) Hatch Chile Cheeseburger Pizza. Adding cheese to your Hatch Chile recipes helps cut the medium-hot spice level to a more medium or medium-low level. Mixed with butter and cream, it adds a subtle warmth to the filling for these Fall Harvest Lasagna Rolls. Get creative! Add to any dish that could use a little spicing up and we're sure you'll see why this flavor-packed chile has a dedicated following.
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