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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

                2. They were rosting chiles outside the Gold Canyon Basha's last weekrnd. Not Hatch though.

                  1. I stopped at AJ's in Chandler for some fish on my way home from work this afternoon. There was a big banner hanging "Chili Roast this weekend" After giggling to myself and wondering why they'd want to roast a bowl of red I went in and asked about it.

                    I was told it would be Hatch and they'd have Mild, Medium and Hot for a $1.99/lb.

                    My guess is since Aj's will ahve them Food City will too which is where we usually buy them. The folks at AJ's didn't know but I'm going to swing by Food City first tomorrow to see.

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                    1. re: ziggylu

                      Which location of Food City is closest, zigglu?

                      1. re: aztami

                        To me, the closest is the one at Arizona and Ray.

                        Don't know if any of the Mesa ones would be closer for you, aztami http://www.myfoodcity.com/index.php?S...

                        I was at the Chandler AJ's on Ray today, but I imagine they'll all be roasting tomorrow. the one on Val Vista is probably a shorter drive for you?

                        1. re: ziggylu

                          The Food City locations seem to be a mixed bag. Some have deli sections with prepared foods and others don't. I'm not sure if this corresponds with which ones have staff to roast outside... it would seem a logical match, but I'm not sure if logic works with this chain!

                    2. I miss the smell of roasting chiles...

                      I use Anaheims since that's all I can get in California and they turn out quite well. If you can't find them, I think the best frozen chile is Bueno. Always makes good chile and it take the hard work out of it.

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                      1. re: Cookanddog

                        Guadalupe Farmers Market on Power had them today, both fresh and already roasted.

                        Guadalupe Farmers Market
                        4011 S Power Rd, Mesa, AZ

                        1. re: Cookanddog

                          I agree about Bueno products. I've had both their red and green hot or mild and all are good. For me, their products are an easy but excellent way to do pozoles or chilies. I have cleaned enough roasted chilies in my life to appreciate the short cut these frozen tubs represent.

                          1. re: Ed Dibble

                            Actually used Bueno for my chile this weekend (couldn't make it to Guadalupe, and none of the other options were easy for me). I wanted to make sure I used a product of New Mexico, as that is some advice I received.

                            The Food City only had the "Hot" variety. They were very spicy.

                            Convenient and cheap, but I think the real thing would probably be a better tasting product. I will have to make another batch in a few weeks, and compare.

                            1. re: Booger

                              Perfect weekend for making green chile in Denver. Cool in the 50's and rainy all weekend.
                              I was able to get some freshly roasted peppers mostly mild with a few Big Jim's thrown in for spice. Chile was really good after simmering for about 4 hours. Thick and the pork was falling apart. Not spicy enough for me, however, and I didn't have any green chile powder to give it more zing.
                              The bad part is that I didn't finish my bowl - a couple of hunks of pork and a little of the chile . DH poured this little bit into the dogs bowls with their kibble. Little Layla, our 3-year old Norwich terrier, gobbled it down and then proceeded to be sick all night. I have sent the morning with a carpet steam cleaner. Ick. DH will stick to kibble in the future.

                              1. re: Pampatz

                                Bought fresh Hatch Chili's yesterday @ Sprouts....roasted them on the grill @ Home.....
                                also picked up some chicken breast tenders @ Sprouts for a $1.77 lb......
                                Tonight Chicken, Green Chili Enchiladas....can't wait!

                                I bought some Roasted Hatch Chili's @ Arriba's last year...definitely the way to go as you don't have to spend the time in the intense heat..doing it your self!

                                There is nothing like the smell of roasted fresh chili's

                              2. re: Booger

                                The Food City near us only had Hot also. I didn't get to AJ's Saturday either.

                                We're heading down to Southern Arizona tomorrow for a few days so I'm hoping to pick some up easily down there...