Hatch Chiles are a much sought-after group of long green pepper varieties exclusively grown in the Mesilla Valley near Hatch, New Mexico. They look a bit like Anaheim Chiles but they are more zesty and flavorful, and could be a lot spicier! Heat levels range from mild (a little spicier than bell peppers), medium (about jalapeño), to hot (almost habanero). The robust, spicy flavor of the Hatch Chile makes it a beloved pepper for chile fans (aka "Chile Heads"), who go nuts for the zesty aroma as they are roasted over an open flame. Because of the Hatch Chile’s limited season––late summer/early fall––pepper aficionados all over the country flock to New Mexico’s famous Hatch Chile Festival each year over Labor Day weekend. Want to know about Frieda's Hatch Chile roasting events near you? Visit this page and sign up for our Hatch Fever emails here.
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