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Want to make (Colorado) Green Chili monday nite

Where can I get (Hatch) green chili's and tomatillos between College Park and Easton ?

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  1. Check with your local Kroger if you have one. They begin roasting hatch chiles this weekend in our area.

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    1. re: Lambowner

      The nearest Kroger is outside Richmond. Check Mega Mart in Riverdale just off 410 East West Hwy

    2. Thanks for asking this question! This is great info. Am moving back to the greater DC area next year and really need to start setting up my "rolodex" of cooking info.

      1. Wegmans should have them soon but I don't think yet - It may be a bit early...

        1. Hatch and tomatillos in the same Colorado style sauce/stew? What is this world coming to!

          On the other side of the country I just bought Hatch chiles for 99c/lb - at an upscale market. So the harvest must be in full swing.

          As for tomatillos - those are always available in groceries that have a modest selection of Latino produce. Look for them with the jalapenos, seranos (the most common Mexican partner), cilantro, and poblanos.

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          1. re: paulj

            That isn't the discussion I remember participating in, but to me chile verde is made with tomatillos, Green chile stew is made with strips of green chiles.

            1. re: bbqboy

              Thank you for mentioning it. I was just sitting here thinking, that tomatillos would be so wrong in green chile.

            2. Around Baltimore, tomatillos are available in just about every supermarket. I can't help with Hatch chiles, but lot's of other chiles are readily available. Most supermarkets around here even have poblanos.

              1. Colorado green doesn't require Hatch, but it helps. It is usually made from canned green chilies. Poblanos are a good addition. Have some jalapenos on standby if you need more heat toward completion. Chili heat varies daily. Tomatillos, not usually included. Recipes and tastes vary. Lots of pork chunks, absolutely. A few roma tomatoes and onions, too. No potatoes, beans, or other extenders. Serve with warm flour tortillas.

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                1. re: Veggo

                  Made it Sat. nite. Some recipes I found had both green chilies and tomatillos. Some said AUTHENTIC Colorado green chili ONLY uses Hatch. One ridiculed the Colorado implication, should have been New Mexico....whatever. I did use canned fire roasted whole green chilies, and the 'stew' tasted like I used canned. Will use fresh chilies next time....having fresh/ frozen Hatch chilies mailed to me doesn't seem right. Forgive me for inquiring, but is Hatch THAT dissimilar then New Mexican, Anaheim, or other long, green mild chilies ? I had to ask...

                  1. re: 3MTA3

                    short answer-no. Marketing I'd say. They're good, used to get them in Arizona, but green chiles are green chiles, at least to me.

                    1. re: 3MTA3

                      While I can't vouch for the details, most of what this brief wiki article is consistent with what I've read elsewhere. The Hatch peppers that I've bought are similar to the Anaheims I can get year around - except that the Anaheims are consistently mild, while the Hatch come in several degrees of hotness.

                  2. I know it's a bit late for an answer to the original question, but I just bought some *Hatch* green chiles at Harris-Teeter last night! I'm in Arlington [it was the Lee-Harrison H-T], but I'm assuming it's a chain wide product.

                    H-T also carries tubs of chopped, frozen Hatch green chiles year-round, which I prefer to the the canned, but they hide them in the freezer section among the hot pockets & other snack-y foods.

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                    1. re: pollosmoky

                      i was going to suggest harris teeter also. i also use the harrison street- arlington store, but usually the sales and availability are region-wide. hatch chiles were featured in the last sales brochure (or maybe this week's).

                      and thanks pollosmoky -- i did not know about the frozen hatch chiles there at harris teeter.

                    2. Does anyone know if any stores have green chile roasters set up still?
                      Im also looking for frozen posole- does anyone know a source?

                      Montgomery county is first choice but will drive if nec.


                      1. Rather than start a new discussion [and I couldn't find any others in the regional board], I just thought I'd mention here that they're baaaack! The Harris-Teeter at Lee-Harrison in N Arlington has a mess o' Hatch green chiles just begging to be roasted.

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                        1. re: pollosmoky

                          Safeway in SW DC had them too--big bags, for 99 cents/lb

                          1. re: pollosmoky

                            Thank you- does any store have a roaster set up? If any sees one please post- I've been late the last few years! :)

                            1. re: MoCoMe

                              The Wegmans in Columbia had a roaster set up when I went there yesterday. Here's a schedule of when they'll be doing it at different locations.


                              1. re: joyousle

                                Thank you so much for the link! I am putting the dates on my calendar! :)

                                1. re: joyousle

                                  Oh wow, thanks for that! Worth the trip just for the smell.

                                  1. re: joyousle

                                    That is quite the premium for them to roast them. 3 bucks more per pound for roasted? Having never done it myself, is roasting them at home that difficult?

                                    1. re: cb1

                                      I know- i was thnk I'd throw a big bunch on the grill- it isn't hard.

                                      You just want to blacken them really good, them throw them in a a paper bag for 10-15 min to steam, peel the skin, let cool, chop and freeze or use.

                                    2. re: joyousle

                                      Harris teeter update:

                                      Our next (and last) event in the DC area will be in Alexandria at Foxchase/Duke St location. Aug 30th and 31st from 10-7!

                                      They did not tell me the prices

                                      1. re: MoCoMe

                                        $1.49/ lb roasted at alexandria, va harris teeter aug 30 and 31
                                        Compared to $4.99 at wegmans!!!

                                  2. re: pollosmoky

                                    yes! i saw the same -- in the bushel basket. they looked bigger and better than the ones there in previous years, too.

                                  3. I don't live in MD but in VA tomatilos are plentiful at area farmer's markets, already made a few batches of salsa with them.