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Jul 21, 2010 01:59 PM

Hatch Green Chile

Does anyone know where I can get New Mexico Hatch green chile in San Diego?

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    1. re: ocotillo

      Produce dude at Bristol said they're supposed to get them first week in Aug and they'll probably do a day or two of roasting, but no set date yet. If you find them before then please post back. Thanks.

    2. I get them at Costco on Morena. They come in a bigger can but you can freeze the portion you don't use.

      1. The chile vendor at the Little Italy Farmer's market usually has them. Also, a number fo the grocery stores in Chula Vista will have roasters outside during harvest roasting chiles, usually more towards the Fall than right now.

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        1. re: DiningDiva

          Richie's Roasted Peppers, the chile vendor at the Little Italy Mercado, is taking orders as of this morning. $85 for a 30 lb bag, although smaller quantities are also available. He'll offer three varieties:

          New Mexico Big Jim (medium heat), Sandia (hot), Barker's (extra hot)

          There's a small window of time for ordering, so get on it if you're interested.

          (For comparison, Albertson's will be charging $33 for 30 lbs. Are these the same chiles?)

          1. re: mcgrue

            The chilies are not expensive. Albertson's has a more efficient transportation network. There is no Chino Farms in Hatch.

            1. re: mcgrue

              Would you happen to have a contact# or email address for placing orders, Richie’s Roasted Peppers.

              Thank you in advance.


              1. re: Jimphillips

                According to the Fall 2008 issue of Edible San Diego (

                Richies Roasted Peppers
                619 204.6163

          2. Canned also at Whole Paycheck. Harvest season usually begins in August after they have soaked up the summer sun and lasts until the first frost. The actual Harvest festival in New Mexico is Labor Day weekend. I expect to see fresh Hatch in San Diego in that window. Besides the vendor at the Little Italy Mercato, I believe Whole Paycheck in Hillcrest also has weekend roasting events.

            1. Maybe off topic, but Albertson's is advertising a Hatch chili roasting at some of their stores. The only location in San Diego that is doing so is a Chula Vista store, with a 30 lb sack for sale (Yikes!) on August 7.


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              1. re: Encinitan

                That's it. We did it last year. It took about three hours of seeding, de-veining and peeling but got them all bagged up in small portions and into the freezer. Quite a few people were splitting bags while some people were buying 2 or 3 sacks. They ran out of all but the super hot ones pretty early.