Where Can I Buy Hatch Chiles?

Wondering where you can buy those elusive New Mexican Hatch chiles? We’ve got resources for getting your hands on them, whether you want fresh or frozen, jarred or powdered. No road trip to New Mexico required.

A wooden bowl filled with Mexican hatch chiles.

New Mexican Hatch Chiles

Dear Never Cook Naked Guys: What’s the most flavorful way to get green New Mexican hatch chiles without breaking the bank? I’m pretty sure someone will mail me a case full of frozen ones on dry ice if I pay enough, but I’m not certain I’m willing.–Chile Deprived

Dear Chile Deprived: We assume you’re hankering for Hatch, Barker, Big Jim, or Sandia chiles, all of which are charred in the metal cages over gas flames or wood fires at seemingly every supermarket, farmers’ market, or outdoor fair in the state.

A quick online search shows that if you’re willing to buy frozen, roasted chiles, you’re often looking at about $9 a pound, standard shipping usually included. That said, those chiles could get sort of soggy. Which means that coveted flavor won’t be as intense. And then there’s the issue of whether you want to scrape mold off squishy chiles. So you’d need to ante up for overnight shipping—and even still, don’t expect the chiles to be at their best.

The way we see it, you’ve got two options here: 1) pony up to get those New Mexican chiles transported quickly, gasoline costs be damned; or 2) investigate the food scene around where you live so you can make friends across the country drool at your local bounty, just as you pine for the New Mexico harvest, so you can propose a swap. (Here’s how it works: Find New Mexican foodies via blogs, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Lurk. Leer. Stalk. Then start talking up something from your area. Once those New Mexicans are salivating, offer to send them something from your area that’s exquisitely local…and mention you’ll take roasted chiles for payment.)

Yep, it’ll cost you. Blame the government. (Everyone else is these days.) It’s not the cost of the food; it’s the shipping. You can also get roasted Hatch chiles in a dried, pulverized form which you can then use as part of a spice blend in a stew or braise. Actually, you can sprinkle that powdery heat over just about everything from scrambled eggs to enchiladas. Okay, not over ice cream. Let’s be reasonable. And there’s always jarred roasted Hatch chiles and Hatch chile salsa in the event you’re late in reading this and suffering from FOMO.

Since the big chile fest in New Mexico isn’t until September, you’ve got some time to ponder your options—as well as save up. [Editor’s Note: The annual Hatch Chile Festival has been canceled for 2020.]

Know this as well: you’re asking for something that’s guaranteed to send shivers up the collective spines of foodistas when you opt for an intensely local ingredient delivered to a destination far, far removed from its origins. Don’t let certain West Coast chefs get wind of your plans.

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Comments

  1. I just noticed that my local Trader Joe’s had mild Hatch Chiles by the bag. Also in pre-pandemic life, several different markets in Southern California had Chile roasting events. Buy a bunch of Chiles and they would roast them for you. Not sure if that will be happening this year

  2. A fall trip to NM isn’t the worst thing that could happen to you. Fly into ABQ, rent a car and head to Santa Fe for a vacation of your dreams. It’s my favorite place in this beautiful country of ours and will never tire of it. Road trip in NM, as there are several places to love, go get your chilies, drive back to and enjoy Albuquerque and then head home. You may want to get your chilies this way every year! Just sayin’…

    1. Fair enough, Susan! We appreciate that. It’s just that this summer, a lot of folks aren’t traveling…most folks, actually. But I understand what you’re saying and we do support exploring that state!

  3. I live in Austin Texas, and every summer we look foreward to the fresh Hatch chili harvest in New Mexico. In the high heat of the summer at our local HEB supermarkets, as I step out of my car I smell the most wonderful arroma of fresh roasting Hatch chili peppers. The larger grocery stores have large drum type roasters that turn automatically over flames. I bring my heavy plastic bags and fill them up, by the time I finish my shopping and get home they are ready to be wiped of black char. I prep and freeze about 10 lbs. and cook with as them much as possible over the next month. Alas, all good things…
    Please include recipes using Hatch chilis, their flavor is unique and loved.

    1. Wow, Kathleen, that sounds amazing! What a treat to be able to enjoy them year-round. We’ll definitely be on the lookout for some recipes featuring Hatch chiles to share with our readers in the future.

    1. j, if you’d like to purchase them elsewhere, or are specifically looking for fresh chiles, there are several online vendors, including this one.

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