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scunge Jul 7, 2012 02:50 PM

If I can't get fresh Hatch chiles would any pepper do? Thanks

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    wyogal Jul 7, 2012 02:52 PM

    It depends on what you are using them for. Will you be roasting them?

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      cndij Jul 7, 2012 02:54 PM

      How soon do you need them? I order roasted frozen chiles and have them shipped in.

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        shallots Jul 7, 2012 07:30 PM

        I think anaheims are readily available and are close in heat and flavour, although I think that I miss some of the levels of taste in some other peppers because their heat is the thing I get most from them.

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          paulj Jul 7, 2012 09:33 PM

          Grocery anaheims are consistently the mildest of the mild. Hatch can be that mild, or quite a bit hotter.

          Anaheims, plus hotter green ones like serranos should be a workable substitute.

          I mostly use poblanos ('pasillas), though they are quite a bit darker than Anaheim/Hatch.

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          andrewtree Jul 7, 2012 08:22 PM

          By Hatch I'm assuming you mean NM green chile. These vary considerably in taste/heat depending on variety but there is still a commonality of flavor. Any alternative will be just that. The nearest I have ever got using fresh chile is Anaheims with a few Serranos thrown in for heat.

          The season for fresh NM green lasts just a few months. Here in NM I can continue to get bags of frozen, roasted chiles in the local Farmers Market or green grocer. The freezer sections of the supermarkets carry tubs or large bags of roasted and peeled chile. If neither of these is an option for you, and as your posts suggest that you are on the East Coast I imagine they are not, your best option, as cndij says, is to order frozen roasted chile on-line (but at high cost). There are one or two glass jars of preserved chile that are just about acceptable, I would have to be pretty desperate to use them, but they are still far better than the Hatch brand of canned chile.

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            carbonaraboy Jul 8, 2012 02:38 AM

            These are not bad:

            http://thechileshop.com/santafeolehotgreenchile.aspx

            But I prefer the frozen ones:

            http://newmexicanconnection.com/flame...

            They're on sale because they are last summer's crop. Mine are starting to loose a little flavor, but still are superior to fresh Anaheims.

          2. ritabwh Jul 7, 2012 11:54 PM

            once i grilled anaheims and made the hatch chile stew.
            imho, not even close in flavor.
            i live in the seattle area, and my hatch chile connection has moved home to new mexico.
            je suis desolee.
            :-(

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              scunge Jul 8, 2012 04:28 AM

              I'm currently on Long Island so its the typical . The peppers are Bells ,Cubanels ,etc maybe I can find Poblamo's at a Latino Market ,but there are plenty of dried so I thought hydrating the dried and pureeing with both a red and a green for a sauce .

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                Joebob Jul 8, 2012 09:48 PM

                No other chile tastes like Hatch IMO. Sorry, but they are worth getting some shipped to you in season if possible.

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                  scunge Jul 9, 2012 04:26 AM

                  Thanks I'll start my search...... any recommendations ?

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                    carbonaraboy Jul 9, 2012 05:53 AM

                    It's not quite harvest time, but you can pre-order:

                    http://hatchnmgreenchile.com/

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                      Joebob Jul 9, 2012 11:20 AM

                      Thanks carbonaraboy. The ability to get real Hatch chiles where I live (HI) is a great comfort to me.

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              Bliss149 Jul 9, 2012 07:13 PM

              ...then nobody will.

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