Hatch chile roasting in a chile roaster

Hatch Chile Roasting Near you in 2024

If you are looking for roasted Hatch chile near you this year, you’ve come to the right place! Hatch chile roasting is an incredibly important part of New Mexican culture. This delicacy has spread to surrounding states and even further as New Mexico’s delicious food touches the hearts of more and more people. If you are here, you have probably asked where to get roasted Hatch chile this year. Read on to find out!

Where to get roasted green chile in 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 or not born born yet back then. We roast chile every day from 9-5 during the months of August, September, and October, the whole chile season. Our first day of roasting will be Friday, August 2nd this year! Keep us in mind when you search for “Chile roasting near me 2024” We will continue to stay open selling chile products until Christmas, even after the chile roasting season is over!

The great terroir of New Mexico chile

Every chile season, New Mexicans always consider where to get their Hatch chile roasted. Many people here prefer chile from other areas, such as Lemitar, San Antonio, or Chimayo. In the early chile season, we always start our green chile roasting with Hatch chile. Simply put, it is ready faster because Hatch is farther south and warmer. As the plants get older however, the chile they produce becomes smaller and doesn’t roast as well. In this case, it is best to let the chile turn red and mature. The red chile pods they turn into make a delicious sauce, and is one answer to our state question, “Red or Green?” P.S. Christmas is always an acceptable answer if you are feeling indecisive!

A bunch of xxx-hot Lumbre Hatch chiles at Farmers Chile Market in Albuqueruque

Because the Hatch season is earlier, we change over to our farmers farther north later in the season in order to get the best quality chile available at the time. If the month is August, our green chile is almost certainly Hatch green chile. If it is around September or later, our green chile will likely be from Snake Ranch or another farm in the Socorro Valley area near Lemitar. There are many places here growing fantastic New Mexico chile. Due to our long history of roasting chile in New Mexico, we have vetted just about everyone, and only source from the best growers.

The Farmers Chile Market Difference

Regardless of whether you are looking for Hatch chile, Lemitar chile, or somewhere else, we are confident that our chile quality is just as good, if not better. Our farmers use seeds bred primarily for flavor rather than yield per acre as a lot of “Hatch chile farms” use. Our chile is better than what you get in giant grocery stores, we guarantee it! If you want good quality roasted green or red chile, you can be sure to get it here. We pride ourselves on being a great chile roaster in Albuquerque.

We are more than willing to accommodate special requests for roasting. Do you want us to roast it a little longer for a more smoky flavor? Let us know! Want to throw some garlic and onion into the roaster for a more aromatic roast? We can do it! We will roast your xxx-hot sack with some fresh ghost peppers to kick up the heat level. I’ll even take your picture if it’s not too busy, just ask! At Farmers Chile Market, we will do our best to ensure you leave happy with your perfect sack of chile!

Your Spot for Roasted Green Chile

If you are asking yourself where to get chile roasting near me in 2024, You can find your solution in the Northeast Heights at 2010 Eubank Blvd NE. In the early season, we start roasting green medium and hot varieties. Later on, we also carry mild, extra hot, and even xxx-hot Lumbre chile! We will also have plenty of red chile ristras, other chile products, and local produce available.

We roast red chile too!

Don’t think of us as a one trick pony that only sells green chile. Once September rolls around, we have all varieties of green chile and also carry fresh red chile to roast as well. This is much more difficult to find than green chile, and most roasters don’t carry much in the way of fresh red. Whether you want a full sack, a half sack, or an even smaller amount than that, you can get it at Farmers Chile Market during September and October! Of course, we also carry dried red chile pods, which is the most common way that people buy their red chile.

Hatch Chile Season 2024

Although it is still somewhat early to tell, the snow and rain we have been seeing over the winter is definitely a good sign. Although there are other factors than just water involved in growing and harvesting green and red New Mexico chile, water availability has been something which has been limiting the amount of farms able to grow. When we get a good snowpack, this means water will be less of a troubling issue. Hopefully winters like these become normal, as water concerns have become somewhat severe in recent years.

Is there a green chile shortage?

Regardless of the bleak picture many media outlets love to paint, green and red New Mexico chile will always be available, even if the price rises due to various reasons, such as labor, water, fertilizer, or even age of farmers. Green chile production in Hatch, and most other areas of New Mexico is becoming smaller and smaller, but it will still be available. We at Farmers Chile Market are committed to finding good chile, no matter what happens in the future. You can believe that we will always support local farmers and try to keep the great red and green chile tradition of New Mexico alive.

What Varieties of Chile we Roast

These are all different chile varieties! Hotter chile typically curves more

We roast many different varieties of Hatch chile, including Numex 6-4, Big Jim, Sandia, Miss Junie, Barker, and even Lumbre chile. More than just that, we often also carry fresh red chile once it is ready too. In terms of heat levels, this means we sell and roast chile which is very mild, medium, hot, extra hot, and all the way up to xxx-hot. We have even have people special order fresh superhots like ghost peppers to roast alongside with other chile. If we roast it, you can be sure it is local New Mexican chile, though we also have a wide range of other chili peppers as well!

Other types of chilies we sell

If you are looking for the hottest of the hot, we try to carry a wide assortment of both fresh and dried superhot chile peppers during the chile season. We typically always have plenty of Carolina Reapers, Ghost Peppers, 7 Pots, Scotch Bonnets and even Aji Charapita, the world’s most expensive chili pepper! This year, we will also try to carry Pepper X, the new hottest chile pepper in the world. This isn’t a guarantee yet however, as the seeds are still hard to come by.

various super hot chile peppers including carolina reapers and 7 pot

We have Mexican chile too!

We also carry a good assortment of chile from Mexico, such as Ancho, Chipotle, Guajillo, and more. In the future, I will prepare different recipes using these peppers. I love to cook and write, but often I become quite busy managing my chile roasting operation, and that must come first. Because of this, it may take me a year or two to come up with these recipes using various chile peppers. For now, here is a recipe overview for a New Mexican classic, stacked red chile enchiladas. In case you are a foodie, I have spent a decent amount of time between the end of the 2023 chile season and the start of the 2024 chile season beefing up our recipes section! Be sure to check it out if you want some more ideas about how to cook with Hatch chile.

Looking Forward to the 2024 NM chile season

The chile season is always different, but the same. During the months of August, September, and October, I work every day of the week, trying to not only provide the best customer service I can, but also find the best chile at the best time. The season changes drastically from the early season, where only a small amount of green chile varieties available. Two weeks later, we have plenty of extra hot and xxx hot chile, with more and more mature reddish chiles showing up in the burlap sacks.

Once September comes, red chile comes right after. Once red chile is available, red chile ristras show up days later. Tying chile ristras is a great way for farming families to make more money. It is also a good way for older family members to make some money without working the fields. With red chile coming, it also means the season is approaching the finish line. The weather starts getting colder, and plants have less energy to keep making new green chile. More and more farmers stop picking, and leave the red chile to dry on the plant, to be harvested once dry.

Visit Albuquerque’s Original Chile Roaster

We hope to be your choice when you search for chile roasting near me 2024 this year. If you are living in Albuquerque, or just passing through for the Balloon Fiesta or something else, we would love to see you at Farmers Chile Market at 2010 Eubank Blvd Albuquerque, NM 87112 this chile season!

For people traveling in Albuquerque and New Mexico, be sure to check out our travel section for ideas. We have plenty of information about different road trip ideas, including Route-66, I-25, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Hatch, and more!

Chile Ristras for sale in Albuquerque

Hatch red chile ristras in front of original farmers market Albuquerque sign

We will also have tons of ristras for sale at 2010 Eubank Blvd NE, 87112. Typically they show up right around Labor Day, coinciding with the Hatch Chile Festival! Our selection of ristras

Once ristras come in, fresh red chile follows closely behind it. Be sure to come stop by and get your roasted red chile fix in the months of September and October. Because of its high sugar content, we won’t be shipping fresh red chile. It often attracts flies and goes bad much faster than green chile as a result. New crop red chile pods come in around October typically. These pods are the core ingredient in making the red part of New Mexico’s favorite cuisine, a red chile sauce. After red chile pods become available, some of the large chile producers in Hatch also begin to prepare fresh red chile powder, which is one of my favorite ingredients to make different New Mexican fusion foods!

Roasting Hatch red chile
Hatch red chile roasting in Albuquerque

More info about New Mexico Chile

Check out our guide to roasting chile at home.

In case you will be roasting chile professionally in 2024, read roasting with a barrel roaster. This guide explains our technique of roasting chile. It has been tuned over 45 years, and I believe it is the best way to roast with a chile roaster.

Check here if you are curious about different varieties of chile. In case you are a real chilehead, you will no doubt be interested in attending the world famous Hatch Chile Festival. Be sure to read all about it before you go!

Also, feel free to read through our blog if you want to learn other things about New Mexico Chile. In case you are interested in the history and culture of New Mexico chile, be sure to read our blog post The New Mexican Chile Tradition. We add new content regularly, and will feature recipes along with other knowledge and opinions as the chile industry changes. It is a very different game than it used to be, with many new varieties available. We hope you enjoyed reading our blog, and hope to see you when you are looking for roasted green chile in 2024!

Red and green New Mexico chile roasting in Albuquerque
A nice Autumn roast

Can’t make it to Albuquerque?

We also have a broad selection of Hatch chile products available on our online shop! Take the knowledge you learned in our guide to roasting chile and roast up some delightful chile for yourself. The chile we sell is more flavorful than chile you can get in grocery stores. A big reason why is that it isn’t graded by federal produce standards. In New Mexico, we don’t really care so much if chile is curved, but the Feds and grocery conglomerates do. If we want a chile relleno, we pick out a straight chile. curvy stuff is still great for chopping up and putting on a burger, in a taco, or even some mac & cheese! The tastiest varieties of chile are usually not very straight! That being said, some varieties such as Big Jim have a propensity to be big, straight, and meaty!

Buy chile online!

Whether you are looking for fresh green chile, frozen roasted chile, dried roasted chile, dried red chile pods, a chile ristra, new crop Estancia pinto beans, or something else, we probably have it available in our chile store. Although New Mexico is a great travel location, we will be here waiting for you next year too! In case you need your heat fix sooner than you can visit, you can scratch your chile itch by buying online! Even if you can’t find chile roasting near you in 2024, you can get fresh chile and roast it yourself. Happy roasting this 2024 chile season!

Green chile roaster roasting Hatch chile in Albuquerque
Hatch Green Chile roasting in Abluquerque