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Jun 26, 2013 10:33 AM

Hatch Green Chili Peppers

Anyone know where to buy whole Hatch Green Chili peppers in the Twin Cities? The festival is coming up in July.

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  1. The Plymouth Whole Foods has them in small cans. Warning - they are about 4X the price of other brands. That said, they do have that unique New Mexico chili flavor. Maybe you were looking for fresh chili. In that case, I have no idea.

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    1. re: ChancesR

      One more thing about the canned green chili - it is hot, which is a rarity. Canned Hatch chili is available elsewhere (Trader Joe's cans say their chili is from Hatch) but it is always mild so to find hot canned chili may be worth the effort.

      When I opened a can it did indeed have that magical aroma (New Mexico umami?) That said, when I used them to make enchiladas I couldn't taste it at all. Maybe I am due for a trip to NM? A bowl of green sure sounds tantalizing right about now.

      1. re: ChancesR

        I just sampled a can of TJ's Hatch. They are hotter than more common brands of green chile (e.g. Ortega). Comparable, I'd say, to the medium hot fresh Hatches.

    2. Search area threads from a year ago. Last year it was mid August.

      1. As someone who spent four recent great years in Las Cruces and north of there (and just returned from there a week ago), I would say you have a better chance of seeing a jackalope than seeing those chile (notice the spelling---to New Mexicans, this is a sticking point) peppers here.
        They don't travel that far--I have heard of them in Chicago, but I sincerely doubt their authenticity; they were probably Mexican branded as Hatch. That being said, you can get great batches during harvest, which is usually mid-August to early September, from Ristramann's, as mail-order, in Mesilla, New Mexico. And for anyone headed that way, a few miles down the pecan-grove-laden road in La Mesa is Chope's, which just won best enchiladas in the whole state from New Mexico magazine, a large feat for such a tiny place.

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        1. re: parkermsp

          Oh my aroma memories of driving down the highway with the wafts of roasting chile. One of the things I miss about the tri state area (Texas, New Mexico, Chihuahua.) A roasted green chile in a tortilla with a bit of mayo, what a heavenly snack.

          1. re: parkermsp

            Gotta agree w/Parker; Ristraman Chile Co.'s phone is 505-526-8667
            You may also want to try Hatch Chile Express at 800-292-4454, Las Uvas Produce at 800-204-6623, and Los Chileros De Nuevo Mexico at 505-471-6967. Warning: these may be out of date!

          2. Or - just grow your own. My Hatch chile plants are looking good. In large pots on the patio - each plant already has nice looking peppers.

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            1. re: Maggie19

              Great idea. Just bought house with enough room to try this. Thanks

              1. re: Maggie19

                Which variety of chile? Hatch is a location, and Hatch chiles are ones grown in that location.


                Given differences in climate, I would expect California or Mexico grown Anaheims to be closer to Hatch grown chiles than Minnesota grown ones.

                1. re: paulj

                  One variety that does nice here in a hot summer is Big Jim developed by University of New Mexico. Not the same but given the difficulty of getting Hatch Chiles here, a good alternative.

                  1. re: ibew292

                    No, not the University of New Mexico. It was developed at New Mexico State University. And PaulJ above is right---"Hatch" chiles are simply grown in Hatch. They grow all sorts, inclusive of "Big Jims."
                    Hatch is not different in terroir than most of the southern New Mexican belt, and so any chiles from there will give you that taste. As you get north in the state, the climate grows cooler with the increased elevations, and the chiles ripen longer on the vine, often turning to red before they're ready for harvest. These red chiles are then dried, ground into powder, and then used as a base for red chile sauce.
                    When in New Mexico, much of your meal-time decisions will come down to your request for red or green chile, both of which are used to smother, coat, nurture, or baste anything you can put in your mouth. If you're undecided and in the know, you'll say you'd like it "Christmas," which means both colors, for obvious reasons.

                    1. re: parkermsp

                      Sorry about the mix up about Universities. Me bad. I meant to say a decent pepper that they do grow in the Hatch Valley is Big Jim. It works well for Minnesota. I know Hatch Chiles are grown in the Hatch Valley. I will quote Wikipedia next time.....

                  2. re: paulj

                    I found "Hatch Chile Peppers - New Mexico Red" at a local nursery. Plants not seeds. Are they Big Jim's?? Don't know.

                    1. re: Maggie19

                      Sorry to belabor this topic, but the label on those seeds is not exactly accurate. You don't grow red chiles right off the bat--they are simply green chiles allowed or grown to ripen to a red color. In New Mexico, some of red chile production is simply on account of cooler temperatures and the natural ripening stage of the chile, and some of this is for the specific purpose of growing a chile to red in order that you can dry it and make a powder for sale.

                      1. re: parkermsp

                        Yes - the label on the PLANTS is not exactly accurate - unless you let the chiles ripen until red. - then it's exactly accurate.

                  3. re: Maggie19

                    Where did you buy your seeds? I know true Hatch peppers are from hatch so what variety did u get?

                  4. is where I bought my seeds, however they will ship you fresh or frozen chile to you. This is the first time I have grown them since moving away from NM and my plants are huge here in South Dakota.