Hatch Chile Peppers
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Hatch chiles are a broad marketing term for several varieties of New Mexico chiles, including Big Jim, Barker, and R-Naky. They have a similar meaty flesh and mild-medium heat.
Hatch chile's peak season begins mid- to late August.
Because of their short season, roast and peel them for storage in the freezer throughout the year.
Use in Chile Con Queso, Chiles Rellenos, and Chile Verde. Roast them for use in salads, soups, stews, dips, and sandwiches. Infuse in chocolate.
Located right in the middle of the Rio Grande agricultural territory, Hatch, New Mexico, declared itself to be the Chile Capital of the World. "Hatch chilies" refer to the five or six main cultivated varieties of New Mexico chiles. The most common is the NuMex 6-4 Heritge. It comes from a long line developed by New Mexico State University. Others are Barker, Big Jim, and R-Naky. They have similar growth and flavor profiles. New Mexican chiles have a short growing period. They're planted in April and harvested in August and September.
Recipes that include Hatch Chile Peppers. One is easiest, three is harder.