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  • Hatch Red Chile Pork Tamales: A New Mexico Kitchen Adventure

    Hatch Red Chile Pork Tamales: A New Mexico Kitchen Adventure

    How to make Tamales The aroma of Hatch red chiles mingling with savory pork and warm masa is pure New Mexico magic. Making tamales takes time and effort, but the results – flavorful bundles of tradition – are well worth the reward. They’re perfect for gatherings or freezing for future feasts. Here’s your expanded guide…

  • Red Chile Sauce: A Study in Pure Flavor

    Red Chile Sauce: A Study in Pure Flavor

    The Heart of New Mexican Cuisine In the Land of Enchantment, red chile sauce reigns supreme. It’s more than just a condiment; it’s a cultural touchstone, a fiery symbol of our state pride. The question “Red or Green?” echoes through New Mexican kitchens, and while we adore our green chile, there’s something undeniably special about…

  • Fall 2024 Travel Ideas: Exploring the Enchanting Land of New Mexico

    Fall 2024 Travel Ideas: Exploring the Enchanting Land of New Mexico

    Are you looking for the perfect travel destination for Fall 2024? Look no further than the enchanting state of New Mexico! With its rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant festivals, New Mexico offers an unforgettable experience for travelers of all kinds. Whether you’re a food lover, a nature enthusiast, or a history buff, this southwestern…

  • Your New Mexico Chile Shop

    Your New Mexico Chile Shop

    We are glad to be your favorite shop for Hatch, New Mexico chile this 2024 chile season, as well as every chile season since 1962! We are Albuquerque’s Original Chile Roaster, and have been roasting chile since 1977. As the premier green chile store in Albuquerque, we carry tons of different varieties of chile, including…

  • The Magic of New Mexico Red Chile Pods

    The Magic of New Mexico Red Chile Pods

    Red chile pods are the fundamental part of the red part of our New Mexico state question, “Red or Green?” Sundried Hatch red chile pods are an amazingly flavorful addition to New Mexico cuisine. Although many people like to use red chile powder, chile pods are better for a few major reasons. Benefits of Red…

  • Wholesale Hatch Chile: A Convenient and Profitable Option for Retailers

    Wholesale Hatch Chile: A Convenient and Profitable Option for Retailers

    Are you a retailer looking to add a touch of spice to your product offerings? Look no further than wholesale Hatch chile. Known for its unique flavor and versatility, Hatch chile is a popular ingredient that can enhance a variety of dishes. Whether you own a grocery store, a restaurant, or an online food business,…

  • Hatch Chile Roasting Near you in 2024

    Hatch Chile Roasting Near you in 2024

    Where to get roasted green chile in Albuquerque 2024? We roast chile at 2010 Eubank Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87112. When it comes to roasted Hatch green chile in Albuquerque, the original is always worth checking out. We’ve been roasting chile since 1977, before anyone else in the city. Most other roasters were just kids…

  • Travel Ideas in Las Cruces: Exploring the Spice of Life

    Travel Ideas in Las Cruces: Exploring the Spice of Life

    Las Cruces, a vibrant city in New Mexico, offers a plethora of exciting travel ideas for both locals and tourists alike. From cultural landmarks to culinary delights, this charming city has something for everyone. So, pack your bags and get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure in Las Cruces! In case you are visiting…

  • How to Peel Roasted Hatch Green Chile: A Handy Guide

    How to Peel Roasted Hatch Green Chile: A Handy Guide

    Are you ready to embark on a flavorful journey with the delicious roasted Hatch green chile in 2024? These fiery peppers are a staple in Southwestern cuisine, adding a burst of smoky heat to any dish. But before you can fully enjoy their fiery goodness, you need to know how to peel them properly. In…

  • Travel Ideas in Santa Fe: Exploring the Best of the City

    Travel Ideas in Santa Fe: Exploring the Best of the City

    Introduction Are you planning a trip to Santa Fe? This vibrant city in New Mexico has a rich cultural heritage and offers a wide range of attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. From exploring the historic Santa Fe Plaza area to visiting the stunning Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, there is…

  • Things to Do in Albuquerque: Travel Ideas for an Unforgettable Trip

    Things to Do in Albuquerque: Travel Ideas for an Unforgettable Trip

    Are you planning a trip to Albuquerque? Well, get ready for an adventure-packed journey through the heart of New Mexico! Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or a foodie looking for some spicy flavors, Albuquerque has something for everyone. So, fasten your seatbelts and let’s explore the top travel ideas for your trip…

  • Spicy Gift Ideas: Why Sending Hatch Chile is the Perfect Gift

    Spicy Gift Ideas: Why Sending Hatch Chile is the Perfect Gift

    Looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves spicy food? Whether it’s a birthday, graduation, anniversary, or Christmas gift, there’s one thing that spice lovers always appreciate – a kick of flavor. And when it comes to spice, there’s nothing quite like Hatch chile. In New Mexico, we have a deep love for chile…

  • Hatch Chile on a Pizza: New Mexican’s Favorite Pizza Topping

    Hatch Chile on a Pizza: New Mexican’s Favorite Pizza Topping

    When it comes to pizza, everyone has their own preferences for toppings. Some people love the classic combination of pepperoni and cheese, while others enjoy experimenting with unique flavors and ingredients. But if you find yourself in New Mexico, there’s one pizza topping that you absolutely must try: roasted Hatch green chile. New Mexicans have…

  • Hatch Chile Recipe Ideas: Beyond Traditional Mexican Dishes

    Hatch Chile Recipe Ideas: Beyond Traditional Mexican Dishes

    When it comes to versatile ingredients, few can match the flavor and heat of Hatch chiles. These iconic peppers from New Mexico are known for their unique taste and are a staple in traditional Mexican cuisine. But did you know that Hatch chiles can be used in a variety of dishes, even those that are…

  • Hatch Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Recipe – Stacked and Rolled Enchiladas

    Hatch Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Recipe – Stacked and Rolled Enchiladas

    Introduction Looking for a delicious and flavorful New Mexican dish to spice up your dinner? Look no further! In this recipe, we’ll show you how to make mouthwatering Hatch green chile chicken enchiladas. Whether you prefer stacked enchiladas like a lasagna or the classic rolled version, this recipe has got you covered. Get ready to…

  • A Classic Red Chile Pork Posole Recipe to Warm Your Soul

    A Classic Red Chile Pork Posole Recipe to Warm Your Soul

    Introduction Red chile pork posole is a beloved dish in New Mexico, especially during the holiday season. This hearty and flavorful soup is perfect for warming up on a chilly winter day. Made with tender pork, rich red chile sauce, and hominy, it’s a dish that will leave you feeling satisfied and comforted. In this…

  • Why Visiting a Chile Roaster is a Must-Do in New Mexico

    Why Visiting a Chile Roaster is a Must-Do in New Mexico

    When it comes to experiencing the vibrant flavors and rich culture of New Mexico, there are few things that can compare to a visit to a chile roaster. And if you happen to be in the Land of Enchantment during chile season, which runs from August to October, then a stop at one of these…

  • How to Make a Delicious Chile Relleno: A Fried Stuffed Hatch Green Chile

    How to Make a Delicious Chile Relleno: A Fried Stuffed Hatch Green Chile

    Are you a fan of Mexican or New Mexican cuisine? If so, you’ve probably heard of the mouthwatering dish called Chile Relleno. This traditional Mexican dish consists of a roasted Hatch green chile pepper stuffed with cheese, dipped in a fluffy egg batter, and then fried to perfection. The result is a crispy, golden brown…

  • Exploring the Charm of New Mexico on a Route 66 I-40 Adventure

    Exploring the Charm of New Mexico on a Route 66 I-40 Adventure

    Tucumcari As you embark on your Route 66 adventure along the I-40 in New Mexico, the town of Tucumcari is a must-visit destination. Known for its rich history and vibrant culture, Tucumcari offers a glimpse into the past with its well-preserved Route 66 landmarks. Take a stroll down the town’s Main Street and you’ll be…

  • An Exciting I-25 Road Trip in New Mexico

    An Exciting I-25 Road Trip in New Mexico

    Embarking on an I-25 road trip in New Mexico is a fantastic way to explore the Land of Enchantment. While it may not have the same level of fame as Route 66, I-25 is a crucial artery that connects the state from north to south. Whether you’re a New Mexican looking to discover hidden gems…

  • Chile Pasado: The Timeless Flavor of Hatch Chile Delivered

    Chile Pasado: The Timeless Flavor of Hatch Chile Delivered

    Chile Pasado, also known as the chile of the past, is a beloved roasted Hatch chile variety that holds a special place in the hearts of Hispanic families in Southern New Mexico. With its unique smoky flavor and delightful heat, this traditional chile has been enjoyed for generations. While freezing roasted chile has become the…

  • Posole – New Mexico’s Favorite Corn

    Posole – New Mexico’s Favorite Corn

    Posole is a very popular soup in both old Mexico and New Mexico. It is also the name of a common ingredient in New Mexican food. Posole is another name for hominy, a nixtamalized corn. Few things make New Mexicans feel more of a festive spirit than posole, especially when it is made with the…

  • Chile Pasado

    Chile Pasado

    Roasted, Peeled, and dried Hatch Green Chile Chile Pasado is essentially dried roasted Hatch green chile. Although most people In New Mexico freeze their fresh roasted green chile to preserve it, dried chile is a fantastic method if you have a dehydrator. When people think of dried New Mexico chile, they often think of the…

  • The Hatch Chile Festival

    The Hatch Chile Festival

    People around the world love New Mexico chile, because it has a good manageable amount of heat and a lot of meatiness that can be used to pack a lot of chile flavor into any food you can imagine. Of New Mexico chile, Hatch chile is the most famous by far. In fact, Hatch chile…

  • About New Mexico Chile

    About New Mexico Chile

    What is New Mexico Chile? New Mexico chile refers to the various types of chile peppers grown in New Mexico, primarily around the Rio Grande valley, with the Hatch Valley being the largest individual growing region. Although many farmers also grow varieties of chile such as jalapenos, typically we refer to Numex varieties as New…

  • Ouch, My hands are burning! – How to get rid of Jalapeno Hands

    Ouch, My hands are burning! – How to get rid of Jalapeno Hands

    Jalapeno hands If you have worked with spicy foods enough, you probably have had at least one time when your hands burned afterwards for hours. This is commonly called jalapeno hands in English, and has caused a lot of pain to many home cooks, and even professional chefs sometimes. What causes the feeling of spice?…

  • The World of Beans

    In almost everywhere in the world, beans will be consumed in some fashion very regularly. Around East Asia, you often see sweet bean jams, and tofu is essentially soymilk, coagulated like milk is into cheese. In Italy, minestrone soup is famous for having many types of beans and grains. In the Middle East, hummus is…

  • Hatch Green Chile Roasting Near you in 2023

    Hatch Green Chile Roasting Near you in 2023

    Where to get roasted green chile in Albuquerque? We roast chile at 2010 Eubank Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87112. When it comes to roasted Hatch green chile in Albuquerque, the original is always worth checking out. We’ve been roasting chile since 1977, before anyone else in the city. Most other roasters were just kids or…

  • Different Types of Mexican Chile

    Although our primary focus at Farmers Chile Market is New Mexican chile, we also carry a lot of other varieties like superhot chile. More than just that though, we would be remiss if we did not also respect the amazing chile heritage of our southern neighbor. The state of Chihuahua directly south of New Mexico…

  • Red Chile Stacked Enchiladas

    Red Chile Stacked Enchiladas

    If you have ever been through New Mexico, or at least been to a New Mexican restaurant, odds are you have had enchiladas. Red chile, green chile, chicken, cheese, beans, mushrooms, vegetarian or vegan, they are delicious any way they come. Personally, I like recommending red chile over green for enchiladas, because I think the…

  • About Superhot Chile Peppers

    About Superhot Chile Peppers

    Carolina Reapers, 7 Pots, Ghost Peppers and more If you check on Guinness Book of World Records, the Carolina Reaper is currently listed as the hottest pepper in the world. It has held that record since 2017, with an average tested Scoville rating of 1,641,183. Averages are important, as the variance of heat level on…

  • The Future of Hatch, NM Chile

    The Future of Hatch, NM Chile

    Every year, it seems that media organizations love to talk about how there is a shortage of green chile. I doubt that we will run out of delicious roasted chile any time soon. That being said, there are some problems facing green chile that will lead to price increases outpacing inflation. Problems facing chile in…

  • Hatch Chile in Pueblo Territory

    Hatch Chile in Pueblo Territory

    In case you are in Colorado and looking for some great roasted Hatch green chile this Labor Day weekend, Summerland Gardens will be roasting up a storm. They have mild, medium, hot, and extra hot available, as well as their local Pueblo chile too! We think that New Mexico chile is really special, and they…

  • Local New Mexico melons have arrived

    Local New Mexico melons have arrived

    We try to carry as much local produce as we can. We sell a lot more than just green and red chile products. In terms of local food, we have beans from Estancia, chicos from Espanola, watermelons from Hatch, and cantaloupes from San Antonio, New Mexico. More produce will be available as it comes into…

  • Early thoughts on the 2022 chile season

    Early thoughts on the 2022 chile season

    We started roasted chile three days ago, so these are still very early musings, but I figured I would share them. Chile seems hotter this year rather than last year. Last year, most chile seemed mild compared to usual. Big Jim especially was mild, and was one of the bigger complaints we heard. Although I…

  • How to get to Farmers Chile Market

    How to get to Farmers Chile Market

    Your source for New Mexico chile products Whether you want fresh roasted green chile, Hatch red chile ristras, local fruits, chicos, beans, or some other New Mexican specialty, we can be your connection to that at 2010 Eubank Blvd NE. We carry lots of local food products, specializing in chile every chile season. From here,…

  • 2022 Hatch chile season

    2022 Hatch chile season

    It’s July now, and that means green chile is almost ready! Although some farmers have already started harvesting chile, we believe it isn’t up to our standards yet. We will start roasting on August 4th, 2022 starting with Medium and Hot varieties, and more to come later as more chile matures. If you can’t wait…

  • Chicos Beans

    Chicos Beans

    Few foods outside of red and green chile will evoke such a comfortable and homey feeling as chicos and pinto beans. Pinto beans are a staple in New Mexican cuisine, with people getting very excited for new crop beans in late September. Chicos are another thing that New Mexicans go wild for, and are typically…

  • Albuquerque Chile

    Albuquerque Chile

    If you think about chile in Albuquerque, probably two names come up, Farmers Market and Fruit Basket. A large reason for that is that we both have a lot of history in Albuquerque. When we first started roasting chile in Albuquerque in 1977, chile was already a large part of the cuisine, but roasting chile…

  • Where to hang a Chile Ristra

    Where to hang a Chile Ristra

    It seems like you or someone who cares about you took a trip to New Mexico and you ended up with a Hatch red chile ristra. Congratulations, you have acquired the most delicious decoration in the world. Now, where would you like to hang it? Getting your chile ristra home First things first, you need…

  • How to choose good New Mexico chile

    How to choose good New Mexico chile

    It’s June now, which means that chile has already been in the ground for over a month in all the major farming regions. We are around 2 months away from the 2022 chile season, and the time is right for a guide to how to pick out good chile. First things first is to evaluate…

  • Local Estancia Pinto Beans

    Local Estancia Pinto Beans

    When it comes to local beans, we have tried many different farms since we started in 1962. There are bean growing regions in many areas of New Mexico, but our go to place in the last 20 years has been Ness Farms. They take pride in having only the best quality beans available. Every year,…

  • What is posole

    What is posole

    If you are in New Mexico or old Mexico, you will no doubt see posole on many menus, especially if the weather is cold. Also spelled pozole, the name doubles as an ingredient and a soup. The ingredient itself is a nixtamalized corn, similar to hominy. As we aren’t a restaurant, we focus mainly on…

  • It’s time to grow New Mexico chile

    It’s time to grow New Mexico chile

    It is March 2022, and the weather in New Mexico now is quite cold, but it will probably be the last real winter weather of the season. That means it is almost time to plant chile! If you want to plant indoors and transfer later, you can do it from the beginning of March, then…

  • Hatch Chile Roasting Near you in 2022

    Hatch Chile Roasting Near you in 2022

    Where to get roasted green chile When it comes to roasted Hatch green chile in Albuquerque, the original is always worth checking out. We’ve been roasting chile since 1977, before anyone else in the city. Most other roasters were just kids or not born born yet back then. Our address is 2010 Eubank, and we…

  • Chile Ristras are food

    Chile Ristras are food

    Upon traveling to New Mexico, one of the first things someone will notice is chile ristras. The eye catching strings of dried or drying red chile are quite appealing to anyone who likes the southwestern aesthetic. Throughout New Mexico, the red of chile ristras, and the green from green chile are everywhere, even more than…

  • New Mexico should grow chile in public spaces

    New Mexico should grow chile in public spaces

    I have been traveling in Mexico for the past month in order to practice Spanish, in addition to learning more about chile. Something I have found while here is that agave is used as a decoration everywhere, especially in the state of Jalisco. In the median for roads, on the side of the road, in…

  • New Mexico Chile Ristra FAQ

    New Mexico Chile Ristra FAQ

    All about chile ristras I get asked a lot of questions about chile ristras, ranging from “How long do ristras last?’ to “How to take care of chile ristras?” This made me think that many people will probably be wondering about it online too. Because of that, I decided to make a quick FAQ with…

  • Using chile powder

    Using chile powder

    If you have ever walked down the spice aisle of the grocery store, odds are you have found at least one or two types of chile powder. Paprika is widely used throughout Europe and the Americas. It is not spicy, but it gives a nice earthy flavor to whatever it is used on. Cayenne pepper…

  • Why is Hatch Chile so Famous?

    Why is Hatch Chile so Famous?

    In New Mexico, chile is a big deal to say the least. We schedule our year around picking up enough fresh roasted chile during the season. If we are running low in October, you better believe we will make a mad dash to the closest chile roaster to stock up ASAP. One place in New…

  • The New Mexican Chile Tradition

    The New Mexican Chile Tradition

    If you have found yourself here, odds are you are curious about chile, whether it is from Hatch or somewhere else in New Mexico. We care a lot about our chile here, with former US senator Pete Dominici going as far to include the official spelling as “chile” in congress. The state question “Red or…

  • About me

    About me

    I’m 34 years old, and the 4th generation of Farmers Market in Albuquerque. I grew up in the Farmers Market stores and worked there since I was about 10 years old. I’ve been roasting chile since I was 12, and have been a fan of green and red chile for even longer. I’ve visited a…

  • Green Chile

    Green Chile

    As we are a chile market in New Mexico, green chile is our bread and butter. We’ve been roasting chile in Albuquerque since 1977, and selling it since 1962. In New Mexico, green chile will be put into everything, even candy and drinks. Over the years, there have been many varieties of green chile grown in New…

  • Lumbre, the hottest New Mexico chile

    Lumbre, the hottest New Mexico chile

    Lumbre chile is a relatively new New Mexico chile variety which is quite spicy. It was developed by Jimmy Lyttle, son of “Big Jim” Lyttle. Considering Big Jim is arguably the most famous New Mexico chile, that is some spicy heritage they have. When compared to other chile peppers, New Mexico chile in general is…

  • The End of the 2021 New Mexico Chile Season

    The End of the 2021 New Mexico Chile Season

    This season has been an interesting one to say the least. It started out incredibly slow. Part of the reason might be that other chile roasters started roasting in July, while we begin in August. The heat waves this year did contribute to an earlier chile season than normal. Regardless, we won’t sell chile that…

  • Jhett’s New Mexico Green Chile Recipe

    Jhett’s New Mexico Green Chile Recipe

    As enthusiasts from around the world gather for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, it’s the perfect time to celebrate with a local culinary favorite—the green chile sauce. Renowned for its unique flavor, roasted green chile holds a special place in New Mexican culture and has even spread its influence to places like Denver. Today’s recipe…

  • Fermented New Mexico Green Chile

    Fermented New Mexico Green Chile

    My experience with fermentation I’ve been an avid fan of fermentation for years. Whether it is brewing beer with yeast, using salt to encourage lactobacteria, or using koji to ferment different grains, I have done them all. There is a special complexity of flavor which only fermentation unlocks. Reasons to ferment The benefits of fermentation…

  • Estancia Pumpkins in Albuquerque

    Estancia Pumpkins in Albuquerque

    Considering that we have run grocery stores selling local produce in Albuquerque since 1962, it should be no surprise that our pumpkins are also local. We like to keep it simple, whether it is green chile, posole, red chile ristras, or something else. We are all about supporting local, and try to keep everything as…

  • Chile Roasting in Albuquerque

    Chile Roasting in Albuquerque

    Where to get chile roasted in Albuquerque If you are looking to get some green chile roasted in Albuquerque, there is only one place that has been doing it since 1977. Farmers Chile Market, located at 2010 Eubank Blvd NE, or just Farmers Market back then, started the Albuquerque chile roasting tradition when the owner…

  • 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…