How to Roast New Mexico Green Chile: A Step-by-Step Guide

1/10/20242 min read

a chile roaster roasting Autumn roast hatch chile
a chile roaster roasting Autumn roast hatch chile

How to Roast New Mexico Green Chile (or Any Chile Pepper)

Roasting chile peppers unlocks a whole new dimension of flavor, adding a delicious smoky char and making them easier to peel. Whether you're using New Mexico green chile or another variety, this guide will show you how to roast peppers to perfection.

Why Roast Chile Peppers?

Enhanced Flavor:

Roasting intensifies the natural sweetness of chile peppers and adds a complex smoky depth.

Easier Peeling:

The blistered skin peels away effortlessly after roasting.


  • Roasted chiles can be used in salsas, stews, sauces, and more.

Tools for Roasting

  • Oven Broiler: The most common method, set to the highest temperature.

  • BBQ Grill: Ideal for achieving a smoky flavor, preheat to high.

  • Blowtorch: Offers precise control but requires more experience.

  • Gas Stove Burner: A simple alternative if you don't have other tools.

Step 1: Prepare the Chile Peppers

  1. Wash the peppers thoroughly and pat them dry.

  2. Optionally, poke a few holes in the peppers with a fork to prevent them from bursting during roasting.

Step 2: Roast the Peppers

  1. Oven Broiler: Place peppers on a baking sheet, close to the broiler. Roast for 5-10 minutes, turning frequently.

  2. BBQ Grill: Place peppers directly on the hot grill grates. Turn often until the skin is blistered and charred.

  3. Blowtorch: Hold the flame a few inches away from the pepper, rotating until the skin blisters.

  4. Gas Stove Burner: Place peppers directly over the flame, turning constantly until blistered.

Step 3: Steam and Peel

  1. Place the roasted peppers in a bowl and cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap. Let them steam for 10-15 minutes.

  2. Once cooled, gently rub or peel off the blistered skin. It should come off easily.

Tips for Roasting Chile Peppers

  • Wear gloves: Chile peppers can irritate your skin, especially after roasting.

  • Adjust heat: If your peppers are charring too quickly, move them further from the heat source.

  • Seed removal: If you prefer less heat, remove the seeds and membranes before roasting.

Enjoying Your Roasted Chile Peppers

Roasted chile peppers are incredibly versatile. Here are a few ideas:

  • Salsa: Chop them up and add them to your favorite salsa recipe.

  • Stews and Sauces: Stir them into chili, enchilada sauce, or other dishes.

  • Toppings: Add them to burgers, tacos, or pizza for an extra kick.

  • Freeze for Later: Roasted chiles can be frozen for several months.

Roasting New Mexico green chile is a rewarding culinary adventure. With these simple steps, you'll be enjoying the rich flavor and smoky aroma of roasted chiles in no time!

How to roast chile like a pro

In case you or someone you know is going to be roasting chile during this 2024 Hatch chile season, Farmers Chile Market in Albuquerque has a great guide to roasting on a barrel roaster. These are the big roasters you see at various grocery stores around the southwest. Unfortunately, most grocery stores just roast as a gimmick, and don't properly train their staff how to roast. This guide is a great starting point, and it explains different aspects of roasting in great detail.