Hatch Chile Pepper and Central Market Make-Out Session Starts Today

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The kids at CM took a field trip to Hatch, New Mexico, in late July to check out the crop.
Central Market has dusted off their huge black roasters for their 17th Annual Hatch Chile Festival. The scent of the sweet, acidic, charred peppers will waft through the air, as the Foodies roast the peppers in front of stores and wipe their sweaty foreheads with bandanas. Good times. Can't believe it's here again already. It's almost like Christmas.

A little background on the pepper, for those of you who might be new to the area or just don't get the hoopla; the birthplace of these peppers is Hatch, a small town in the southern part of New Mexico that hugs the Rio Grande. The chiles from the namesake town are mild and sweet. There are actually several varieties of peppers from the area that all fall under the "Hatch" umbrella.

Hatch peppers have a short growing period and are typically harvested in mid- to late August. Because they're only available for a short time, many fans of the Hatch roast and freeze them to use in queso, chili, soup, eggs and a hundred other things throughout the year.

Other than a bevy of products both infused with and inspired by Hatch peppers (oh, that pesto...) there's the annual recipe contest for those feeling particularly masterful of the New Mexico pepper.

For all you little chickies who want to check it out, all stores currently have Hatch peppers in stock and they're all roasting them on a daily basis, except for Plano who, per city permit, can't roast until Friday. The event lasts through August 21.

Location Info


Central Market

10720 Preston Road, Dallas, TX

Category: General

Central Market

5750 E. Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX

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Why thank you!  I've spent some time "holed up" in the burgeoning metropolis of Cuchara , Colorado-fishing and drinking in the frigid water, and eating myself into heart disease. Yesterday the high temp was 67 (and low of 45) , with rain and much, much clouds. The two traffic tickets, being wet for two days, lack of gasoline, lack of fishing worms and the jaw exploding ride down a terrible washboard mountain road, did not taint my beautiful memories of trout fishing in the Cuchara River. 


ps-My one regret is forgetting the smoked chicken I left in said river to cool........what a waste of good, seasoned product. 

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Nothing is better than making a nice Hatch Chili Paste,  or Hatch Salsa; and believe it or not , the Allsup's in New Mexico have a great Hatch Burrito-I devoured several of these earlier in the week.   I am now confirmed to walking with a temporary gait, and an adult diaper for who knows how long. I'd like to apologize to the attendant at The Hardeman County Safety Rest Area; when I ran out, the flooding started, and by the time I pulled off, people were leaving the restroom just shaking there heads. 

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