Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hatch Heaven!

That's a little bit of heaven, right there! A half bushel of roasted mild Hatch chilies from a nursery in Ruidoso. That was our last stop on the way out of town. They roasted them while we waited. We loved on the resident Golden Retriever, Maggie, and let her and Valentine play while we waited on the chilies. It was wonderful! We also got to smell the intoxicating aroma all the way home. The aroma of the chilies overpowered the aroma of Valentine in the back of the Jeep, it worked out very well! The chilies are now squirreled away in the freezer for fall and winter casseroles, soups and quiches.

First up will be Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas, . I've shared this recipe from my friend Lisa before, and it is worth sharing again. It is the best Chicken Enchilada recipe I have ever made. I hope you will set aside your diet and give it a try!


  1. I would love to know how you freeze the chilies and what all you do with them. This is very interesting to me. We get the Hatch Chili releno's in Atlanta, but I will be coming to Texas soon and would love to get some roasted. I just need to know what to do with them. They are soooooo tasty.

  2. Hi Debby,

    It's really easy to freeze the chilies. I just put them in quart size zippered plastic bags with the air squeezed out and pop them in the freezer. Everyone I have talked to says they last for years this way. Mine rarely last a few months because I eat them ;) I don't know what part of Texas you are coming to, but you can get Hatch chilies in many forms at Central Market. CM is in Austin, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio. If you find any great chile recipes, I would love to hear about them!

    Your chile lovin' friend,