Green chiles are a staple in Mexican households and should be in every household where you're already buying jalapenos. Roasted green chiles are full of flavor and not as spicy as a jalapeño, making hatch green chiles a great addition to many meals. The best season for them is August to September when you can find fresh chiles from New Mexico. If you're searching during the off-season period, check you local grocery store for the dried hatch chili section. You can even try finding Anaheim peppers, which are a close second. If your mouth is already watering, let's look at 10 hatch green chile recipes that will make you a Southwestern fan.
1. Hatch Chile Enchilada Pie
Take your typical enchiladas and turn them into a pie. This recipe is almost like an enchilada casserole, but makes for a great burrito stuffing in our opinion. It's a big pile of cheesy goodness, but remember to cook on medium-high heat so that it doesn't get burnt. Garnish this New Mexican dish with lime juice and sour cream. Find the recipe here.
2. Hatch Chile Glazed Chicken
If you're stuck having to use dried green chiles, this is the recipe for you. Chicken is one of the easier meats to prep and cook, and this recipe is perfect for cutting down on prep time. With sour orange juice, dried hatch chiles, chicken stock, and agave, this glazed chicken will be spicy and sweet. Find the recipe here.
3. Roasted Hatch Chile Mac 'N' Cheese
The sides need to be just as flavorful as the main dish, and that's exactly why you should try this mac and cheese. Here's a great side dish that's also a crowd pleaser. The total time it'll take you to make this mac is a little over 30 minutes. If you're not about Meatless Mondays, top with pork shoulder for some extra protein. Find the recipe here.
4. Hatch Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
These enchiladas are full of Mexican flavor in one dish. For the enchilada sauce, it's better to use fresh hatch, but inside you can mix in frozen green chilies. The flavor in this dish also comes from the seasoning mix, including chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, and salt. You can also substitute poblanos for an enchilada more reminiscent of chile rellenos. Find the recipe here.
5. Slow Cooker Hatch Green Chile Verde
Want to learn how to make the incredible sauce you order at restaurants in your own kitchen? You need to try this green chile sauce. Not only is it great with tortilla chips, but you can also use it to make a delicious green chile stew like Colorado style green chili. Grab your Instant Pot or crockpot, and get cooking. Given the time that it takes for a slow cooker to cook, you'll need to start this earlier in the day, but it'll be worth it for the flavor. Find the recipe here.
6. Chicken Green Chile Tacos
Is it Taco Tuesday? You'll love this easy corn tortilla taco recipe. A mix of both diced chiles and tomatillos, the flavor comes from the veggies and not just a seasoning packet. You'll need a broiler for this, broiling the chiles, tomatillos, yellow onions, and cloves garlic together. Every bite will get an instant flavor from the garnishes too, including queso cotija and cilantro. Sprinkle some black pepper on top for an additional spicy kick. If you're watching your carbohydrates you can do these in a lettuce wrap, but are they really tacos at that point? Find the recipe here.
7. Hatch Green Chile Cornbread
If you're looking for something you can make last for a few days, this green chili recipe is the way to go. Bread is always better with there's added flavor to it. This cornbread is crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside. It doesn't take much besides the usual baking ingredients, but is packed with flavor. Find the recipe here.
8. Hatch Green Chili
?If you like chili, you might as well make it with New Mexico chiles. It's the ultimate southwest twist on a classic chili recipe. Even though this is a pork dish, it calls for chicken broth. This pork green chili will be delightful for rainy days. Find the recipe here.
9. Low-Carb Hatch Chile Cheddar Egg Bites
On a diet? It's summer, so we had to ask! If so, go low carb with this hatch green chile recipe. These low-carb egg muffins are easy to make and easy to eat. You can even eat them on the go. They're full of protein, gluten-free, and make for a great breakfast during the weekend. Find the recipe here.
10. Hatch Chile Salsa
If you're going to try a salsa verde, might as well try a chile salsa to accompany it. Two sauces are always better than one. It also only takes 10 minutes to whip this salsa up. This salsa is mostly just chile peppers and tomatoes, but very flavorful. Find the recipe here.