Get Your Roasted Hatch Chiles Here! #recipes #tips

Cucumber Hatch Chile Hummus Boats

Hatch chiles. All of a sudden they’re everywhere. You know they’re a chile, but are they mild or hot? What’s the best way to prepare them? Unless you live in New Mexico these are questions you might be asking.

Hatch Chile Roasting

Hatch Chile 101:

* Authentic New Mexican Hatch Chiles are a favorite Southwestern chile. They are named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico. Chefs say that the intense sunlight and cool nights in this valley result in a uniquely flavored chile. They’re grown in the Mesilla valley, which stretches along the Rio Grande’s southern-most bend before crossing into Texas and Mexico.

* The season for authentic Hatch Chiles is very short, typically it begins in late August/early September and lasts until mid-October so get them while you can. Stores in Southern California host Hatch Chile roastings where you can buy them by the case already roasted. Check for a store near you. Chile roastings are like a mini Hatch Chile Festival where you’ll meet fellow chile heads swapping recipes and tales of how they came to be a Hatch lover.

*Hatch chiles can range from mild to medium-hot and are most like Anaheim chiles. They’re  great in Chile Con Queso, Chile Rellenos, and Chile Verde. But, don’t stop there…try roasting and using them in salads, soups, stews, dips, and sandwiches. 

* You can also grill Hatch chiles which is my preferred method to ensure a year-round supply. Grilled or roasted, Hatch chiles can be frozen and will keep for two years. Their flavor and heat intensifies over time.

Grilling Hatch Chiles

* When working with Hatch chiles or any other chile, WEAR GLOVES. The oils from chiles transfers to your fingers and does not wash away for quite some time. Do not touch your mouth or eyes after handling them. I’ve suffered the burn when removing my contact lenses hours later…

* To roast or grill:  Wash the chiles and pat dry.

Grilling: Place chiles directly on the grill, turn chiles until the skin blisters and becomes slightly charred on all sides.
Oven roasting: Place chiles on a baking sheet in the oven on high-heat broiler setting–about 5 inches from the broiler element. Watch closely as it takes only a few minutes until the skin blisters, turn, and broil until slightly charred on all sides.
Once the skin is evenly charred, place hot roasted chiles in a paper or plastic bag, or a covered bowl and let the chiles steam for 15 minutes to loosen the skin. Skinning and seeding is very easy after this. Freeze the chiles whole, the skin, core and seeds are very easy to remove when defrosted. Resist rinsing so as not to lose any of their great flavor!

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Just when I think I’ve cooked Hatch chiles about every way you can, I come up with something new! Like these super easy cucumber Hatch chile hummus boats – a tasty and nutritious snack for grown ups or kids. We washed ours down with a little Tongue Tickler Double IPA from Noble Ale Works. Cool and refreshing!

I also riffed on my Chicken Enchiladas with Hatch Chile Sauce from two years ago. It was better than the first time – probably because it was cooked in my trusty cast iron skillet and adorned with heirloom cherry tomatoes, isn’t summer wonderful?

Chicken Enchiladas with Hatch Chile Sauce

I also have recipes for Corn Pudding with Hatch Chiles (you’ll love how easy it is to make and its soufflé-like texture), Candied Bacon & Hatch Chile Pancakes (a heavenly sweet & savory combination), Grilled Pineapple and Hatch Chile Salsa, Heirloom Tomato and Grilled Corn Salad with Hatch chiles and now a quick and healthy snack of Cucumber Boats stuffed with Hatch Chile Hummus. If you’ve caught Hatch Chile fever and want more, see my friend Dorothy’s post of 50 Best Hatch Chile Recipes!

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Cucumber Hatch Chile Hummus Boats
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Cute little cucumber boats filled with healthy homemade Hatch Chile Hummus.Takes 10 minutes to make this refreshing appetizer or snack!
Serves: 6 servings
Hatch Chile Hummus
  • 1 can No-Salt Added chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 grilled or roasted Hatch chile
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash's Zesty Lime seasoning
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 Persian cucumbers
  • ⅛ teaspoon Melissa's Hot Hatch Chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process to a nearly smooth consistency.
  2. Halve the Persian cucumbers in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and, using a spreader or pastry bag, fill the cucumber halves with hummus. Sprinkle with Hatch Chile powder and pine nuts.
  3. Serve immediately, or chill until ready to serve.

Enjoy! And this weekend, why not make it out to a Hatch Chile Roasting and discover your inner chile head!

Upcoming Hatch Chile Roastings in OC

Click on store names for more information.

Saturday, Aug. 23: Costa Mesa, Albertsons; Huntington Beach and San Clemente, Ralphs.

Sunday, Aug. 24: Huntington Beach and Tustin, Ralphs.

Saturday, Aug. 30: Newport Beach, Bristol Farms.


8 Responses to “Get Your Roasted Hatch Chiles Here! #recipes #tips”

  1. Alice D'Antoni Phillips August 22 at 4:41 pm #

    Oh, wow, this sounds wonderful, Priscilla…we have great hatch chilis here in Colorado, too, and I’ll be making this recipe! xo

    • Priscilla August 24 at 4:13 pm #

      Hi Ally, I hope you do! I bet you can come up with all sorts of Hatch chile goodness yourself :)

  2. Bill August 23 at 11:28 am #

    Awesome recipe, Priscilla! I love cucumbers and topping them with chile hummus is a great idea!

    • Priscilla August 24 at 4:12 pm #

      Thanks, Bill! I wish you lived closer – I would bring these as an appetizer before a main course of your Ancho Pork Belly Tacos :)

  3. Kim Kelly (Liv Life) August 23 at 8:44 pm #

    Ok… I’ve still never actually tried a Hatch Chili… but I’m so intrigued!! hummus in a hatch?? Absolutely!!!

    • Priscilla August 24 at 4:10 pm #

      Kim – I know they have them in your area. You have to give them a try – there’s actually Hatch in the hummus 😉

  4. Aperture Of My Soul August 24 at 1:05 pm #

    That looks yummy! I love hummus any which way, so this looks like a fun way to serve them. I’ve never had a hatch chili, but now I look forward to trying them. I’ve heard about the big roasting times and buying them in large quantities. I can’t wait to try some. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Liz August 27 at 6:14 pm #

    I make lots and lots of hummus, and your boats sound wonderful…I need to add some chiles to my next batch. And now I’m craving enchiladas, too!

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