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

1/10/20243 min read

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

Roasting New Mexico green chile, or any type of chile pepper, can add a delicious smoky flavor and make it easier to peel. If you're wondering how to achieve the perfect roast, look no further. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process step by step. Step 1: Prepare for High Heat The key to roasting chile peppers is to expose them to high heat in order to blister the skin. This creates fracture points that make it easier to peel off the skin later. There are several ways you can achieve high heat: 1. Oven Broiler: If you're using an oven, set it to the broil setting and preheat it to the highest temperature. Make sure to adjust the oven rack to the highest position to bring the chile peppers as close to the heat source as possible. 2. BBQ Grill: If you have a BBQ grill, preheat it to the highest temperature. Place the chile peppers directly on the grill grates, ensuring they are exposed to the intense heat. 3. Blowtorch: For those who want to get a bit more adventurous, a blowtorch can be used to roast chile peppers. This method provides direct heat and allows for precise control over the roasting process. Step 2: Roasting the Chile Peppers Once you have your high heat source ready, it's time to start roasting the chile peppers. Here's how: 1. Place the chile peppers on a baking sheet or directly on the grill grates, ensuring they are evenly spaced and not overcrowded. This allows for even roasting and blistering. 2. Keep a close eye on the peppers as they roast. You want the skin to blister and blacken, but be careful not to let them burn. Rotate the peppers occasionally to ensure even roasting on all sides. 3. The roasting time will vary depending on the heat source and the size of the peppers. Generally, it takes about 5-10 minutes for the skin to blister and blacken. Keep in mind that smaller peppers will roast faster than larger ones. 4. Once the skin is blistered and blackened, carefully remove the chile peppers from the heat source using tongs or a spatula. Place them in a bowl or a paper bag and cover with a towel or plastic wrap. This allows the peppers to steam, making it easier to peel off the skin later. Step 3: Peeling the Roasted Chile Peppers Now that your chile peppers are roasted and steamed, it's time to peel off the skin. Follow these steps: 1. Let the roasted peppers sit in the bowl or paper bag for about 10-15 minutes. This allows the steam to loosen the skin, making it easier to remove. 2. After the resting period, take one pepper at a time and gently rub off the skin with your fingers. The blistered skin should come off easily, revealing the tender flesh underneath. If needed, you can use a knife or the edge of a spoon to help remove stubborn bits of skin. 3. Once the peppers are peeled, you can use them in your favorite recipes or store them for later use. They can be used in salsas, stews, sauces, or even as a topping for burgers and sandwiches. Tips and Tricks for Roasting Chile Peppers: - If you prefer a milder flavor, you can remove the seeds and membranes before roasting. This will reduce the heat level of the peppers. - To add a smoky flavor to your roasted peppers, you can place them directly on a hot grill or over a wood fire. The smoke will infuse the peppers with a delicious smokiness. - If you don't have access to a broiler, grill, or blowtorch, you can also roast chile peppers directly on a gas stove burner. Simply place the peppers over the flame and rotate them until the skin is blistered and blackened. - When handling chile peppers, it's important to wear gloves or wash your hands thoroughly afterward. The oils in the peppers can cause irritation, especially if you touch your eyes or face. Conclusion: Roasting New Mexico green chile, or any type of chile pepper, is a simple process that adds a wonderful smoky flavor and makes it easier to peel. By following these steps and using high heat, you can achieve perfectly roasted peppers every time. Whether you're making salsa, sauces, or adding them to your favorite dishes, roasted chile peppers are sure to elevate the flavor. So fire up your oven broiler, BBQ grill, or blowtorch, and get ready to enjoy the deliciousness of roasted New Mexico green chile!

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 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.