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A Quest for Hatch Green Chile

Hegenbarth Jul 24, 2007 10:01 AM

I'm a student with a Santa Fe upbringing and a desperate hankering for the roasted green chile of my earlier youth. I am hoping someone might know of a place that sells the stuff. I've accepted that there are no 'authentic' New Mexican restaurants within 100 miles of this laptop, but with a tub of Bueno's Hot Autumn Roast I think I could do a bang up job myself. Beats buying a plane ticket. Any suggestions?

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  1. tatamagouche Jul 24, 2007 10:06 AM

    As a longtime Bostonian who grew up in Okla. but whose second home (lotsa close relatives) is Albuquerque, and who is about to move to Denver (where I got my first good whiff in ages of a roadside roaster), I am sad to report I've never found 'em here. A friend of mine also from the area used to ship 'em from home and freeze 'em.

    1. finlero Jul 24, 2007 11:11 AM

      Actually, there's a pretty authentic place about 90 miles from that laptop, in South Hadley, MA called, fittingly enough, Autentica. Almost, if not quite worth the drive:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/370309

      Also, Pemberton Farms in North Cambridge carries 505's green chile enchilada sauce.

      But your best bet is still to do what my wife, a New Mex-pat, does: bring back a freezer's worth when you visit, and cook at home. Our freezer is so full of green chile and Dos Hermanos tortillas that there's just about no room for anything else.

      1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jul 25, 2007 10:40 AM

        I moved here from Albuquerque myself several years ago, and I'm afraid I'm gonna have to tell you to give up the search right now: it ain't gonna happen. In a pinch, you can get the teensy cans of Hatch at Whole Foods, but you're going to have to mail-order your own roasted. This place has been recommended, on a thread where I posted a recipe that replicates the Frontier's green chile stew for folks stuck in Boston:

        http://newmexicanconnection.com/

        As for Autentica, I am dubious about how autentica a place that proudly states that their food has no lard can be. Also, no sopaipaillas, no posole, and they put beans (but no potatoes!) in the green chile stew. No thanks.

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        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
          finlero Jul 25, 2007 10:48 AM

          Oh, make no mistake, Autentica is methadone, not smack, but a lot of the cooking was a pleasant surprise in its competence. In these here parts, a fix is a fix, so you take what you can get. I'm right with BFP that if you have the time and the chiles, the best bet is to cook at home.

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          chowfamily Jul 26, 2007 11:28 AM

          Sadly I agree with the other posters - there is nothing compared to what you find in the Southwest.. Desert Pepper's Salsa del Rio is our fixe du jour, but if I had relatives in the area I would save up and fly back with the real thng

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          1. re: chowfamily
            finlero Jul 26, 2007 12:00 PM

            Yeah, the Salsa del Rio stuff isn't bad. Where do you get yours? I think I've seen it at Wild Oats?

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              chowfamily Jul 26, 2007 12:18 PM

              I have found it at Shaws and at the Fruit Center in Mitlon, but it seems to sell quickly and I would call ahead to avoid a detour,,,

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            bear Jul 26, 2007 12:11 PM

            Please pardon my ignorance (only in my dreams have I had real New Mexican), but are you referring to canned Hatch chiles?

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              sallyt Sep 7, 2007 04:35 PM

              I just ordered off the web and received 10lbs of fresh green chile then roasted them myself - they were in vy good condition. yum.
              the site was www.hatchnmgreenchile.com

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                emilief Sep 7, 2007 04:42 PM

                Bueno sells them roasted, seeded, peeled, chopped and frozen. I just got a shipment. Look up Bueno on the internet. Not cheap though, I got 6 13 oz containers for about $72. They came by overnight fedex and were frozen when I received them

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                  sallyt Sep 7, 2007 04:54 PM

                  Bueno used to ship fresh chiles also but they stopped for a few years so I haven't tried them recently for fresh ones. These 10lbs were $25 plus another $25 for 2 day delivery.

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