About Hatch Chile Peppers

Did you know that there are several different types of Hatch green chile peppers? The Hatch green chile pepper is highly regarded for its unique flavor and heat level. It has mild to medium heat and a slightly sweet, earthy taste. The peppers are typically harvested when green and then roasted, enhancing their flavor and giving them a distinct smoky aroma.


Our farm offers a diverse selection of five of the main Hatch chile pepper varieties, each with its own unique flavor profile and heat level: NuMex Joe E. Parker (mild), New Mexico No. 6-4 (mild), NuMex Big Jim (medium), Sandia (hot), and Lumbre (extra hot). From mild to extra-hot, you can choose the perfect pepper to suit your culinary preferences. When you grow Hatch chile peppers from our seeds or plants, you're not only embracing a rich culinary tradition but also enjoying the freshest, most flavorful peppers possible.


Hatch chiles have a distinctive flavor that ranges from mild to hot, depending on the variety and ripeness. They are known for their slightly sweet and earthy taste, which makes them a favorite ingredient in a variety of dishes. Hatch chiles can vary in heat from mild to quite spicy. The heat of a Hatch chile is typically measured on the Scoville Heat Scale, and it can range from around 1,000 to 10,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) or more, depending on the specific type and growing conditions.


Hatch chiles are versatile and can be used in a wide range of dishes, including salsas, sauces, soups, stews, and as a topping for burgers and tacos. They are also commonly roasted and peeled before use, which enhances their flavor and makes them easier to incorporate into recipes.


The Hatch Chile season typically runs from late summer to early fall, with August and September being the peak months for harvest. During this time, you'll find Hatch chiles featured prominently in markets and festivals throughout New Mexico and beyond. 


Roasting Hatch chiles is a cherished tradition in New Mexico. It involves charring the peppers over an open flame or in a hot oven until the skin blisters, which adds a smoky flavor and makes them easier to peel. Roasted Hatch chiles are a staple ingredient in many New Mexican dishes.


Whether you're a seasoned chef or a home cook, the Hatch green chile pepper offers a unique opportunity to elevate your culinary creations. Join the community of food enthusiasts who celebrate this exceptional ingredient.