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Aug 14, 2008 08:48 AM

When is chile season in the southwest?

I have decided to make a batch of Chile Verde this weekend, and thought I might search out some roasted peppers.

I haven't noticed the roasters outside of any of the groceries here in Phoenix lately. Does anyone know when the season is for fresh chiles? I would be interested in Hatch chile's in particular, but any fresh roasted would work for me.

A related question: since I probably won't be able to get fresh, I will probably go with frozen. I have heard Josie's brand are good. Does anyone have any preferences for any other branch of frozen chiles? I will head to Food City, but I would bet that the freezer is loaded with different brands of chiles, and I would like to get a game plan together before confronted so many choices.

Since this is the primary ingredient in my meal, I want to make sure I use the best.

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  1. Late summer, early autumn. Not quite there yet, friend.

    1. No reason in the world why you can't use Anaheims. Toss them in olive oil. Char them. Bag them (to steam off skins) until they're room temp. Peel, seed, end of story. Your chili will be fine. Do you add a touch of sugar to finished product to balance heat?If not, give it a try. Works wonders.

      1. I saw roasters in operation yesterday in Denver. Farmer's markets would be a good place to look.

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          1. re: RobynS

            On Iliff west of the intersection with Parker Rd.
            I was just there - they are very proud of their produce. IIRC, 1/4 bushel of peppers, roasted was $9.99. That's pricey, isn't it? I didn't get any because I didn't have that much cash.

            1. re: Pampatz

              Pam, I'd gladly lend you a sawbuck today, for a bowl of green tomorrow...
              During my 8 Colorado years I always associated the distinctive aroma of roasting Hatches with the turning of the aspen leaves...usually starting around Labor Day.
              But I guess those dots don't connect in Phoenix...

              1. re: Veggo

                Thanks for the offer of the loan, but I went back with cash (in the rain no less) this morning for some roasted chiles. Went to WF for pork shoulder and it is all simmering at home.

                We had a front come through last night and today is very cool and rainy. DH is really looking forward to supper tonight.

              2. re: Pampatz

                Well, I can't make it this weekend but I'll be there next week. I love green chile having gone to college about 30 miles from Hatch. Heck I'd pay for the scent! And it's not too far from where I live.

          2. Guadalupe Farmers Market just got them recently. The owner, Fred, said he was pretty busy last weekend and expects it to be hopping again this weekend. His are the best, IMHO.

            1. Arriba in North Scottsdale is roasting Hatch chiles on weekends. IIRC, noon to 8 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

              Arriba Mexican Grill
              15236 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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              1. re: Seth Chadwick

                Also saw them being roasted at the Camelback and 18th st location.

                1. re: Seth Chadwick

                  Saw a commercial for these stating $1.99/ lb