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A Hatch Chile Whistled at me today!!! 
Aug. 21, 2011 9:40 pm 
Updated: Jan. 14, 2012 5:36 pm
Yes, a Hatch chile whistled at me today while I was roasting on my BBQ.  Some of them snapped, crackled and popped too.  And boy did they all smell good.  It's Hatch chile season again!!!  If you don't know what a Hatch chile is, then I would highly recommend googling this little town in NM and see what's up. 

The season for Hatch chiles is short, about a month.  I'm in California and have the privilige of having these precious green chiles delivered every weekend to a store, well, somewhat near me.  Today I traveled 30 mins at 6 a.m. to the Albertsons in La Habra.  This is my first time going to an Albertson's roasting where they sell the chiles in a 30lb bag for about $35 and roast the whole burlap bag for free.  Little did I know that 200-300 people had the same idea as me.  And luckily they had some left by the time i got there at 645 a.m.  It was GREEN SATURDAY because like Black Friday, people were camped out there since 4 a.m. for this great deal.  People were in line by 7 a.m. to have their chiles roasted and that line snaked the whole entire lot at Albertsons.

Are they worth the hassle?  Bet your chilis they are!!  Was the roasting worth the wait?  I suppose if you had a couple of hours to spare, which I didn't.  So I brought my babies home and roasted them myself.  I just roasted them on the BBQ while the kids swam and I took a few laps myself in between. 

I've been dreaming about these chilis since last year.  I put Ortega canned green chiles in everything, but Hatch chiles are next level flavor that Ortega can't touch.  Thoughts of chile verde, enchilada sauce, tomatillo salsa, green chile sauce, chile rellenos, huevos a la mexicana, green chile corn muffins, chile relleno casserole, Hatch chile burger, chile verde omelette, Hatch chiles in my cereal (ok, maybe I got carried away with that one, but I do love these chiles)....and, well, the list goes on and on.  I think I'm pretty well stocked till next year.  My only regret is not having gotten there earlier to have more of a choice with heat.  I was only able to get Xtra hot and didn't realize it till I got home and they are very hot, but still delicious. 

Here are some tips if you're going to one of these events..
  1. Get there early apparently.  Like at 4 a.m. if you want more choices and want to be in the front of the roasting line.
  2. Buy some Ziploc baggies for freezing while you're there.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes.  God only knows why I went in cowboy boots.  I guess I got all "ranch" nostalgic.
  4. Take an ice chest.  Once roasted, chiles are cooked and start leaking their wonderful liquid.
  5. Take a folding chair
  6. Take a book, a friend that is a good conversationalist, a radio, or just yourself becuase there are a lot of New Mexicans in line and they seem to be very nice and love talking about their chiles and their towns.
If you have any green chile recipes to share, I'd love to test them. Or better yet have the Hatch Cookbook with a recipe you've tested...Email me at enriquez.angelica72@gmail.com

I'll post pics of my first Annual Chile Roasting!!!
Aug. 22, 2011 7:20 am
Wow! I have never seen a store offering to roast them for you. Our bags are 28# and sell for $20. The roasting is up to us. We roasted and cleaned 84# and told DH I was done for the year. If he wanted more he was on his own. Like you dipping in the pool between roasting made the job so much more enjoyable.
Aug. 22, 2011 8:48 am
I LOVE Hatch Chiles. :) Although I have heard of the Albertson's Roasting event - I have never attended one. Thanks for sharing your experience. I notice that you are in Ontario - you really need to come to one of our AllRecipe gatherings. So much fun - you can bring a Hatch Chile dish. :)
Aug. 22, 2011 9:05 am
I am so jealous of people who live close enough to a store that has chile roasting! The Albertson's ads have been taunting me for the past couple of weeks, advertising the Hatch chile roasting events at stores just too far away for me to travel (the closest one is about two hours away). Enjoy your wonderful chiles and have a few bites for me!
Aug. 22, 2011 9:06 am
And I also agree with what Baking Nana said about the gatherings! We have SO much fun!! You should definitely try to join in one of them soon :)
Aug. 24, 2011 8:15 am
Hi Baking Nana...I follow you and you always seem to be stirring up some fun. I'd love to attend an event with you guys!!!
Aug. 24, 2011 8:21 am
Keri: Hi, where do you live? Maybe I can hook you up. I bought 70lbs. My DH thought I was crazy.
Aug. 24, 2011 8:23 am
Marie C: Wow 84lbs, you go girl!! At 70lbs, I have green chile coming out of my ears. Mine are pretty hot. Kinda wished I'd paid attention to the tag. I thought I bought hot, but didn't notice the X before it. These will last me for a while. Enjoy your chilis.
Aug. 24, 2011 5:18 pm
You really do have to join us! You live so close and this is a great group of foodies! :) Enjoy those chilies!
Jan. 14, 2012 5:36 pm
Lived in NM for awhile and discovered Hatch chilies there. Oh my gosh...love them! There is no other like them. When they roast them in Albuquerque you can smell them from miles away. Miss them.
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