Twenty one years ago, we discovered this amazing pepper in the heart of New Mexico, where hot days and cool nights give it a flavor all its own. Stuffed or sautéed, fire-roasted or fried, this versatile variety will give any dish a signature punch. Spice up south-of-the-border classics like rellenos, salsas, and ceviches, but don’t be afraid of pushing your creative borders by using them in sweet dishes, too.
No one throws a Hatch chile party like Central Market. We were the first to bring these special peppers to the Texas masses. And for over 20 years, we’ve perfected our festival. We work with the same farmer in the village of Hatch, New Mexico, every year to make sure our harvest produces only the biggest, most flavorful peppers. Our in-store roasters have over 120 years of combined roasting experience. And no one brings you more ways to love Hatch peppers than we do.
How to Pick the Perfect Pepper
How do you know your Hatch chile is the one? First, look for a bright green color – the brighter, the better. Check the shape, too – the ideal pepper is symmetrical. Then pick one up. The skin should be smooth, and when you give it a little squeeze, it should be firm. It should also feel a bit heavy for its size (probably all that flavor it’s holding!).