Prepare for Hatch Valley Chili Season with 4 Delicious Recipes

By Bridget Hallinan, MSN

Hatch Chili Pepper Season

July 23, 2019 – If you’ve been to New Mexico, you’ve probably encountered Hatch chiles—the state’s signature pepper, which hails from the Hatch Valley and comes in both green and red varieties. (There’s even an annual festival dedicated to them.) Nate Cotanch, founder of Zia Green Chile Company, previously told Food & Wine that Hatch chiles are incredibly versatile, and their flavors can range from smoky to sweet and earthy, depending on when they’re picked. They work great in stews and sauces, quesos and salsa, and even apple pie, which Cotanch said his family would make for Thanksgiving when he was growing up.

Considering Hatch chile season is right around the corner—August through September—we decided to round up some of our favorite recipes to celebrate. There’s our spicy, crispy, cheesy, swoon-inducing Hatch chile smash burgers, and Hatch chile enchiladas paired with a cooling avocado salad. Read on for more of our Hatch chile recipes, and good luck picking which one to make first.