hatch chile roast
hatch chileAuthentic 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 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 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, seven exciting New Mexico Hatch Chile Roasting events are being held in front of select Bristol Farms stores. Although we will be roasting in seven locations only, product will be available in all stores starting August 12, 2015.

We invite you c'mon down and awaken your senses with the world's best chile!

X Hot Variety
Hot Rod- (Barker Style) - Barker has best flavor

Hot Variety
AZ 88 (Thick walled)

Mild Heat
Big Jim 1904 (Thick Walled)
hatch chile roast
All roasting events are from
8:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday August 15th
Palm Desert

73101 Country Club Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Saturday August 22nd
La Jolla

8510 Genesee Ave.
San Diego, CA 92122

Saturday August 22nd
Santa Monica

3105 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Saturday August 29th
Rolling Hills

837 Silver Spur Rd.
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Saturday August 29th
Manhattan Beach

1570 Rosecrans Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Saturday September 5th
South Pasadena

606 Fair Oaks Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Saturday September 5th
Newport Beach

810 Avocado Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Duane Gillis is a fourth generation farmer who grows 1,200 acres of authentic Hatch Chiles at Gillis Farms in Hatch, New Mexico. With a total of 3,300 acres of farmland, Duane also grows onions, squash, and other vegetable products. Duane's unique drip irrigation method, as opposed to the furrow method where fields are flooded, feeds the plants just the right amount of water that they need and results in a chile with thick walls and perfect heat. Using the furrow method risks the plants being overwatered, which can prevent the chiles from developing the proper amount of heat. Temperature also plays an important role in the chile's development; hot days and cool nights is the ideal climate for the perfect Hatch Chile.

Hatch Chile Tips:

1. To test the heat level of a chile, don't bite the tip! The heat is retained within the veins of the chile, so the farther up you bite, the more accurate the heat measurement will be.

2. Roasted chiles freeze better than fresh chiles. We recommend removing the seeds and outer skin of roasted chiles prior to freezing. Chiles can be frozen in an air-tight bag for up to two years.

3. Chiles get hotter when frozen! When chiles are frozen, they lose their moisture and the result is a more concentrated flavor in the chile. So, if you freeze a hot chile, it will be extra hot by the time it is enjoyed.

Bristol Farms visited Duane and Gillis Farms just prior to the Hatch harvesting season to learn more about this year's crop, growing practices, and to have some fun in the fields. We are all looking forward to our best season yet!

  • Hatch in our Bakery Hatch in our Bakery Our Bakery department is heating up in more ways than one! Check out our delicious Hatch Chile baked goods, such as our Bristol's Own products below:

    Hatch Chile Cornbread
    Hatch Chile & Cheddar Scones
    Hatch Chile Chocolate Cookies
    New in 2015! Double Chocolate Hatch with Cocoa Nibs Streusel Loaf Cake!
  • Hatch in our Meat Department Hatch in our Meat Department Our Meat Department is sizzling with the heat of Hatch! Check out this year's delicious and spicy offering of the items below, all here for a limited time:

    Hatch Chile Sausages
    Hatch Chile Meatloaf
    Hatch Chile Chicken Hibachi Sticks
    Hatch Chile Burger Patties
    Beef Flank Hatch Chile Hot Wheel

    All items are great on the grill and are perfectly paired with our Hatch Chile Potato Salad from our Deli department. All made with fresh ingredients in our own kitchens.
  • Hatch in our Cafe Hatch in our Cafe Hatch Chiles on a burger? Yes please! We've incorporated the delicious and spicy Hatch Chile into a number of our dishes, such as a Hatch Chile Omelettte and Hatch Chile Burger. Both items are here for a very limited time.

    Bristol Farms' Cafes are located in the following stores: Rolling Hills, South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Westchester, Newport Beach, La Jolla, and Palm Desert.
  • Hatch in our Deli Hatch in our Deli Some of our favorite Hatch Chile items can be found in our Deli. Our Hatch Chile Potato Salad is a fan favorite and a must-try! Check out some of our other favorites below:

    Southwestern Hatch Chicken Chili
    Turkey Hatch Chile Cakes
    Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese
    Hatch Chile Cream Cheese
    Hatch Chile Grilled Chicken
    Roasted Poblano Hatch Pesto Sauce
  • Hatch in Produce Hatch in Produce Bristol Farms' Produce Department is home to the Authentic New Mexico Hatch Chile! We offer fresh Hatch chiles in extra hot, hot, and mild heat varieties. We also offer pre-roasted Hatch chiles in cryovac bags that are already peeled and chopped and ready to be enjoyed. Simply open the bag and top your favorite dishes, such as scrambled eggs, burgers, tacos, soups, chilis, and more. The delicious smokey aroma of the Hatch chiles will have you craving more!

    You can also find a number of dried Hatch Chile seasoning shakers in a variety of heat levels.
  • Hatch in Grocery Hatch in Grocery Yes, Hatch is even heating up our Grocery aisles. From salsas, marinades, condiments, and more, you can find the delicious Hatch flavor in a number of products throughout our store:

    Bristol's Own Hatch Valley Salsa
    Stubb's Cookin' Sauce Hatch Chile
    Wackym's Kitchen Hatch Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Wackym's Kitchen Hatch Cheese Nibbles