|Authentic New Mexico Hatch Chiles are a favorite Southwestern chile, and for those of us here at Bristol Farms. These chiles are named after the original growing region 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 easily be 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 - this is now a growing trend among our own Bristol Farms customers. To get optimum flavor out of these chiles, they are best enjoyed roasted - you can do this at home or have them roasted by our large chile roasters during one of our roasting events. The storage of these chiles handles well in the freezer and can be taken out as needed for recipes.
With the help of Melissa's Produce, eight exciting New Mexico Hatch Chile Roasting events are being held in front of select Bristol Farms stores. Although we will be roasting in eight locations only, product will be available in all stores starting August 8, 2016.
We invite you c'mon down and awaken your senses with the world's best chile! Click here for a pdf of our roasting dates and times.