Frozen New Mexico Green Chiles in LA?
Does anyone know where I can get frozen, roasted New Mexican green chiles in LA (North Hollywood/SF Valley area maybe...)?
I went through this last year...or was it two years ago...and the answer is/was a disappointing no! It is hard enough to get canned Hatch chiles here let alone the fresh frozen. I have been using a couple of mail order sources...expensive but reliable...and I always bring a cooler to New Mexico with me to stock up...there is nothing better than a green chile cheeseburger made with fresh Hatch green chiles!!!
FYI, you can purchase fresh Hatch New Mexico Green Chilis in Los Angeles from El Rey Farms. El Rey Farms has been shipping and selling fresh Hatch New Mexico Green Chilis to the Los Angeles area for years.
See the following link for more info regarding purchasing fresh Hatch New Mexico Green Chilis in Los Angeles:
Albuquerqe Tortilla Company makes a good frozen NM green (and red) chile. My dad is from NM and sends me home with a NM chile care package -- its fantastic for breakfast over beans, potato, and eggs!
The closest I have found the Albuquerque brand is at Smith's Supermarkets in Las Vegas. I know Smith's once had locations in LA, but not sure if they are still around.
I try to keep a steady stock of "Bueno" in my freezer, and always beg folks to bring back a shipment if they're visiting NM.
I've done the dry-ice/cooler thing so many times...
My friend and I have found that we can get close to the "BLAKE'S LOTABURGER" at Cassell's on 6th street...by bringing in our own green chili. No joke. We even dork out - and build the green chili cheeseburger per Blake's actual design.
Also, if you're ever in Ariz., you can usually find Sadie's (of Albuquerque) salsa in any Smith's market.
I might be dreaming, but I think Smith's carries the chopped/frozen Bueno stuff in the Phoenix area.
They've been selling "505" salsa at Whole Foods, too.
Why buy frozen Hatch New Mexico Green Chilis when you can get fresh Hatch New Mexico Green Chilis in LA? Consider buying some roasted fresh Hatch New Mexico Green Chilis in Los Angeles from El Rey Farms and freezing them. Then you can pulled out roasted Hatch New Mexico Green Chilis from your freezer as you need them.
People buy multiple sacks of roasted fresh Hatch New Mexico Green Chilis and freeze them for use throughout the rest of the year.