Month: September 2021

  • The Many Varieties of Chile

    The Many Varieties of Chile

    Many types of New Mexico chile Although we sell green chile by temperature, Mild, Medium, Hot, Extra Hot, XXX-hot, etc, the differences between them run deeper than that. Chile has been a big thing in New Mexico for a long time, and as a result, many different varieties exist. Many are bred for their size…

  • Local New Mexican produce

    Local New Mexican produce

    We sell a lot more than red and green chile. We’ve always been a big proponent of local produce, as the farmers can pick one day and deliver to us the next day. This allows the fruit more time to ripen on the plant, instead of being picked early. Often this leads to the fruit…

  • Ode to Chile Pickers

    Ode to Chile Pickers

    Picking chile is a pretty high paid job. In general, pickers have been making more than $15 an hour for years. That being said, I think there are few jobs more difficult that picking chile. The plants themselves don’t grow much higher than 2 feet. They also keep producing and need to be harvested about…

  • Pequin Chile is more than just a decoration

    Pequin Chile is more than just a decoration

    Every year around mid September, New Mexico is awash in different shapes of chile ristras. If you find a ristra in the shape of a heart, wreath, cross, or something else, it’s probably made with pequin chile. The reason why, is because it is smaller, and therefore less fragile. In general, most people just use…

  • How to roast Hatch chile with a barrel roaster

    How to roast Hatch chile with a barrel roaster

    Following up from my guide to roast green chile, I want to talk about how to roast with a big roaster. The barrel roasters are great, because they not only roast the chile, but the spinning peels them as well. The first step is to put the chile in. Depending on the sack you use,…

  • Will travel for New Mexico chile

    Will travel for New Mexico chile

    Something nice about visiting chile farms, is that they tend to be in valleys with beautiful scenery all around. This is a picture of one of the fields at Snake Ranch in San Antonio, New Mexico, where we get most of our late season green chile from, as well as tomatoes and cantaloupe. Every season,…

  • How to roast Hatch green chile

    How to roast Hatch green chile

    If you want to know how to roast New Mexico green chile, or most chile peppers, look no further. To begin with, we need to analyze what we want from the roast. In general, the purpose of roasting is mainly to peel the chile, with a smaller emphasis put on giving it a smoky flavor…

  • Red chile is more than pods

    Red chile is more than pods

    When most people think of New Mexican red chile, they often think of a savory spicy sauce. They think of tamales, of enchiladas, of carne adovada. One thing about all of those is that they are generally not sweet. Fresh red chile is incredibly sweet, much more than green. Roasting then scraping the peels off…