Roasted Green Chiles

If you can put my Anglo last name out of your mind for a minute (it’s complicated), I descend from a long line of Spanish colonists that settled in New Mexico and intermixed with the local Native Americans.

There’s some fascinating heritage there that could fill books (and it has), but the reason for my telling you about it right now is because I spent some time today bagging up these:

Those familiar with New Mexico may know about the famous Hatch Chiles. At least in Southern California, they’ve come in vogue over the past few years and they pop up in local supermarket parking lots every summer where vendors roast them.

Our family used to have relatives bring them on visits, so it’s nice that we can get them locally now. I have many fond memories of my grandmother and aunt making green chile turkey stew with Thanksgiving leftovers.

If you’ve never tried them I recommend checking your local market. You can always order them online. If you’re not a fan of spicy foods, the mild peppers are almost as good as the hot. Almost.

-Phillip

4 thoughts on “Roasted Green Chiles

  1. My dad lived in New Mexico for the last twenty-five years of his life, so I’ve had the opportunity to eat these delicious chilis in numerous ways. I’m jealous that you have (had?) a whole box! Thanks for sharing the online site … I see enchiladas in my future …

    1. Wow, that’s awesome Candace. Yup, it sounds like you’ve had a Christmas-style enchilada a time or two. Just picked up the box yesterday and the nice part is they roast them for you. I used to do it myself in the oven, but this is so much more convenient!

  2. San Antonio markets have Hatch chile roasting thingys too.

    1. Ahh, sounds like it’s spread all over the Southwest then. Happy to hear they’re more available now.

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