You will love this traditional New Mexico Hatch Green Chile sauce, made from freshly roasted chiles, smothered on burritos, enchiladas & more.
There isn’t a better smell than that of freshly roasted hatch green chiles. Whether you pick them up directly from Hatch, New Mexico or you get them at your local ethnic grocer, they make some really amazing Hatch green chile sauce.
For many that’s also known as enchilada sauce.
But… it’s not reserved “only” for enchiladas. You can dump it on burritos, use on your eggs, or even better, a great tamale.
Visiting Hatch, New Mexico
Every year in September, Hatch, New Mexico celebrates their Chile Festival. The weekend festival falls right around Labor Day and the weather is always still pretty warm.
We drove the kids over there last fall to check out the festivities. While there, we enjoyed watching the music, entertainment and opportunity to make and buy a ristra.
If you aren’t certain what a “ristra” is, it’s made with chile pods and comes ready to hang in your home or porch.
What looks very light is actually very heavy (ask me how I know!) I had to carry two of them a very very long ways to the truck!)
Our 6 hour drive back to Phoenix with 2 huge ristras hanging in the back of the truck made for a really pleasant chile smell in our car. Who needs an air freshener when you have dried chiles? 😜
Are Hatch chiles really that hot?
My husband is definitely a spicy food lover. Growing up in the Mexican culture, he was immersed in spicy chile-based foods. But, he also knows chiles all too well… sometimes they aren’t as mild as they appear to be.
We wandered by a tasting table at the festival, with chiles that were mild, medium and hot. The festival folks were offering samples, so he agreed that he would start on the mild end of the table just to be safe.
Less than 30 seconds later I (literally) saw smoke coming out of his ears as he struggled to talk. Come to find out, apparently he was right. Not all mild Hatch chiles are exactly “mild”. 😉
If anything, it certainly brings about a sort of fun and crazy mystery to the whole chile eating experience!
We had a rather large bag of roasted Hatch chiles in our fridge for several days following our return. While I love that smell of green chile, I knew they needed to be used. A fridge can only fit so much Hatch chile.
Hatch Green Chile Sauce
This sauce is super handy to have for enchiladas, burritos, over eggs at breakfast or poured on your meat & potatoes at dinner.
This sauce is not only easy to put together, it requires some pretty simple ingredients, and freezes beautifully.
The recipe gave us just over two cups and can be doubled quite easily. If you like yours thinner, then add more broth (liquid).
But I don’t think you would want to make it any thicker as it might be challenging to use up.
We find ourselves doubling the recipe quite often. It freezes up beautifully and is fun to have on hand in a pinch.
Traditional Hatch Green Chile Sauce
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 C onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
- 1 C Hatch chiles roasted, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt or more, to taste
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper or more, to taste
- 1.5 C chicken stock
- In a medium skillet, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until softened - about 2-3 minutes.
- Stir in the flour and continue to cook over low/medium for another few minutes. The onions and garlic will be lumpy as they are coated in flour.
- Pour in the chicken stock, and simmer on low/medium heat until the mixture thickens up and starts to get smooth. Add the Hatch chiles, cumin and oregano and continue to simmer on low for 2-3 additional minutes.
- Pour the mixture into the blender and blend until smooth - add salt/pepper as desired. Refrigerate & use within 3-4 days or ladle into jars/freezer bags and freeze for later use.
- Recipe makes just over 2 C. of sauce.
Did you make this recipe?
If so, please leave a comment, rate the recipe and be sure to tag me on Instagram!
Follow us on Pinterest for more Hatch-inspired recipes!