Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hatch Green Chile Stew

This post is going to include the Hatch Green Chile Stew I made this weekend. I was introduced to Hatch Green Chiles when I was living in New Mexico. So it had me thinking of New Mexico and how much I loved my time there. I hate to think I've lost touch with a lot of the people I knew there, but darn geography got in the way and life kept rolling. I moved to Nebraska to attend school and then off to North Carolina I went. But since I've started this blog, I have had several great friends of mine reach out to let me know they were reading it and enjoyed it and you have no idea how much that means. No matter how often we talk, these people mean the world to me and I consider them true friends. So I think we need to get back in touch and maybe a NM trip is in my near future? Or you are all welcome to my little spot in North Carolina. Either way, my NM friends mean so much to me and I just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you and appreciate your support with this blog.

Now on to the delicious-ness...

We haven't had much of a winter here in North Carolina, but the past few days have been the closest we have gotten! So what did I do? I broke out the Hatch Green Chile Stew. Last fall as I was browsing our local grocery store I stopped in complete and utter shock when they stocked Hatch Green Chile. I have not seen this chile since I have left New Mexico (almost 7 years ago!) Now unlike New Mexico, there was not a nice man roasting the green chile outside in one of those huge tumbler things and the aroma made your mouth water, but I thought "hey, I can roast these myself." ha!

I bought a bunch of bags of chiles figuring I could roast them all and freeze them. I walked in the door and K said "what the heck are you bringing into this house?" Mr. picky eater will get over it.

It took me a few hours to take out the seeds, but it was worth it. I roasted half the batch in my oven, my apartment smelled like heaven. I remember playing soccer and being able to smell the exact same thing because of the fields not very far away. My oven was small and I was a little nervous I was going to burn down the place, so I made K help me roast the rest on the grill outside. This worked MUCH better for me. I chose to freeze the chiles with the skins on.

Fast forward to February, we had not touched the chiles yet. So freezing cold Sunday, with a little snow, was a perfect excuse! Because we have to have meat with every meal in this house (K's fault) I chose a beef stew recipe off my Epicurious App or aka My New Best Friend.

Brown the Stew Meat

Cook the Onions and Garlic

Peel and Chop the Chiles - very proud to say these skins slipped right off!

Add chiles and tomatoes and cook for a few minutes then add stew meat, add about 2.5 cups of water

After about three hours...this stew is getting nice and thick

I chose to serve this over some instant white rice

And eat up!

Now I had enough to feed a small army. Green Chile Stew for the next three days!


Monica said...

That looks amazing! I have't had those chilis before but I am going to try and find them!

Whitney said...

My husband LOVES the hatch chile burger from Chili's so I bookmarked this page for next week's menu! It looks so good! Do you think it could also be made in the crock pot?

Fash Boulevard said...

gasp. this looks amazing. fabulous post, love. thanks for sharing. if you get a sec, I'd love to hear what you think of my Shoemint photo shoot. xo

Katie said...

I've never heard of this, but it looks AMAZING!

Nichole said...

Yum! Looks good! We make a similar beef stew but not all the mex like spices...I am totally trying this!

Trish said...

My boyfriend is from New Mexico and of course, loves anything green chile. I might have to surprise him with this :)

amyboyle06 said...

you are making me think of back home... I know I am closer to NM than you are but even being one state away the food is so different and chili out here is not spicy at all. We dont have an amazing chili selection. I think i am going to try and find some and try to make this in the near future. The white rice was a nice touch :)