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How to Roast Green Chiles on a Grill

This post shows How to Roast Green Chiles on a Barbecue Grill and even if you can’t find chiles from Hatch, New Mexico, roasted green chiles are pretty tasty! Check after the tips for recipe ideas using green chiles, yum!

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How to Roast Anaheim Green Chiles (Hatch Chiles) on a Barbecue Grill and Recipes with Green Chiles found on KalynsKitchen.com

Recently I spotted some Hatch Green Chiles at Whole Foods and couldn’t resist buying them, partly because my blogging friend Karina had been telling me about the annual chile roasting ritual in New Mexico and how it was spreading across the nation. I love roasted chiles, and since I have that new natural gas grill, I thought it would be fun to try roasting green chiles on a grill.

Before I get into the roasting instructions, I want to issue a warning. The Hatch green chiles I roasted are a relative of Anaheim chiles, a very mild variety. You can use these instructions for roasting hotter chile varieties, but for chiles that are very hot, wear latex or rubber globes when handling. Even with the mild Anaheim chiles, be careful not to rub your eyes or put your hands near your face while you’re handling the chiles.

Everyone got that? Okay, now let’s roast some chiles. And you can use Grilling to find more recipes like this one!

How to Roast Anaheim Green Chiles (Hatch Chiles) on a Barbecue Grill and Recipes with Green Chiles found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Roast Green Chiles on a Barbecue Grill:

  1. The first photo shows the chiles from Hatch, New Mexico that I bought at Whole Foods. If you’re growing your own Anaheim chiles, they might not get this big, but they’re pretty easy to grow.
  2. Start by preheating your gas or charcoal grill to high (you can only hold your hand there for about one second at that heat.)
  3. Then begin prepping chiles by cutting off the stem end and cutting the chiles in half lengthwise. (Some chiles are fairly flat, and if the chile is flat cut so you have two flat pieces.)
  4. You can roast the small ones whole, but when I tried roasting red bell peppers on the grill, I found it was easier to get all the skin charred if you cut the peppers.
  5. Then use a small paring knife to cut out the seeds and membrane that’s inside the chiles.
  6. Chiles are roasted skin side down (I just turned the ones in these last two photos over so you could see how they looked when they started to blister.) The small photo is after 5 minutes.
  7. The larger photo is after ten minutes. You want to leave the chiles on until nearly all the skin is blistered and browned.
  8. It doesn’t matter if they look burned, in fact the charred parts add a lot of flavor. Most of this batch of chiles took about 13 minutes to get done.

How to Roast Anaheim Green Chiles (Hatch Chiles) on a Barbecue Grill and Recipes with Green Chiles found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Peel Green Chiles After Roasting:

  1. As the chiles get done, take them off the grill and put in a glass or plastic bowl.
  2. When all chiles are done, cover the bowl with cling-wrap or a tight fitting lid and let chiles steam for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Then use your fingers to gently peel off the skins from the roasted chiles. (Remember to be careful not to get hands near your face.) If you’re lucky, some of the skins will come off all in one piece like the one in the third photo. (Peeled chile is on the right and skin on the left.)
  4. The fourth photo shows the whole batch of roasted green chiles after I peeled them. You might want to rinse your hands a few times while you’re peeling, but never rinse the chiles, because that washes off a lot of the flavor.

Roasted green chiles are good in many dishes, but if you don’t have access to fresh green chiles, you can buy them in a can either whole or diced. In the U.S. this type of mild Anaheim chiles are usually just called “Green Chiles” when sold in a can. The canned ones usually have some or all of the seeds, so they’re hotter than the ones you roast yourself. Canned Chiles labeled “Hatch Chiles” are from Hatch, New Mexico, and that variety of chiles has great flavor.

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(If you’re lucky enough to have an abundance of peppers in your garden, roasted chiles can be frozen.  I might freeze in ice cube trays, freeze the cubes, and then seal the frozen cubes in a bag using the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer if you have one.)

Favorite Recipes Using Roasted Green Chiles:

Slow Cooker Green Chile Shredded Beef Cabbage Bowl
Green Chile and Chicken Mock Enchilada Casserole
Green Chile and Cheese Egg Muffins
Spicy Green Chile Mexican Casserole with Ground Beef, Black Beans, and Tomatoes
Chile Rellenos Bake
Vegetarian Green Chile and Pinto Bean Layered Mexican Casserole
Chicken Stuffed with Green Chiles and Cheese
Green Chile Turkey Taco Salad with Peppers and Avocado
Zucchini and Green Chile Breakfast Casserole
Pressure Cooker Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic, and Green Chiles

(You can enter “green chiles” into the search bar to see all the recipes with green chiles.)

Recipes from Other Bloggers Using Roasted Green Chiles:

New Mexico Green Chile Sauce ~ Barefeet in the Kitchen
Turkey and Green-Chile Chili ~ The Perfect Pantry
Hatch Green Chile Cornbread ~ The View from Great Island
New Mexico Green Chile Stew from Use Real Butter
Slow Cooker Hatch Green Chile Verde ~ FoodieCrush
Tomatillo Green Chile Chicken Soft Tacos ~ Cafe Johnsonia
Creamy Hatch Green Chile Dip ~ Taste and Tell

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    21 Comments on “How to Roast Green Chiles on a Grill”

  1. I grow my own chili peppers (mostly uber hots), but also pick up rare finds when I find them. I used to live in Albuquerque, where New Mexican chilis were everywhere (even on pizza!) and LOVED them. I live in SE PA now and came across 2 pounds of Hatch green chilis this week — I am going to roast them just like you describe (what an awesome step-by-step you have… exactly how I’ve done it, minus removing the internals — I leave those in as a personal preference). BTW, another option for use as an ingredient… Green chili cheddar biscuits. Yeah… really. They are spectacular!

    Thanks for you article… brought back some incredibly good memories.

    • How fun! I haven’t been to New Mexico during chili roasting time, but I’ve heard about how wonderful it is. And love the idea of green chili cheddar biscuits; that sounds amazing.!

  2. Anaheim and Hatch chilis are not the same. Please note this. Hatch chili are named for the Hatch Valley, which atributes to its amazing and unique flavor. Anaheim are not Hatch. Hatch are harvested in Aug Sept, which is when the festival is. Nothing beats having a chili roasted right in front of you!! The flavors (heat) vary by grower and can be mild, medium, hot..and holy moly. Once you’ve had a real Hatch Chili, you’ll know why we love these and why they cannot be mistaken for any other chili.

    • Anaheim peppers were created from New Mexican chili seeds. Hatch is a region in New Mexico where some New Mexican chili peppers come from. So the Anaheim pepper is a cultivar of the New Mexican chili and Hatch is a regional varietal of the New Mexican chili. So this FTA “The Hatch green chiles I roasted are a relative of Anaheim chiles, a very mild variety” is spot on.

      You are spot on about roasting in front of you… I used to live in Albuquerque and that is one of the things I miss most about that area.

  3. Anaheim green chilies and hatch green chilies are completely different. You can’t have Anaheim green chile that is also a hatch green chile. Do your homework. Hatch green chilies are from hatch New Mexico and they aren’t called anything else except for hatch green chilies. New Mexico native here, you’re wrong. 100% wrong. Grill how you want to, but it’s offensive to New Mexicans when you don’t know that New Mexican Hatch Chile isn’t called anything else except…..hatch green chilies.

    • I think you are the one who needs to do your homework: “Selecting for the New Mexican pods began in 1894 when Dr. Garcia began improving the local chile varieties grown by Hispanic gardeners around Las Cruces, NM. Today, the New Mexican pod type is also called long green or ‘Anaheim.’ Actually, the pod type is New Mexican, and chiles like ‘NuMex Big Jim’ and ‘Anaheim’ are cultivars within this pod type. ‘Anaheim’ seed originated in New Mexico and was taken to Anaheim, CA, where it was widely cultivated among other pepper varieties grown there.”

      You can read more here or here if you are willing to learn.

  4. Anonymous, glad you liked it, and your sandwich sounds great!

  5. Thanks for the description on grilling Anaheim chilies. I followed your suggestions last night and it worked splendidly! The chilies made their way onto grilled chicken sandwiches together with lettuce, an onion/jalapeño relish and a slice of Brie. Mmmm!

  6. I honestly never though about roasting chiles on the grill! What a great idea. I have soooo many chiles in my garden right now.

    (Also, thanks for the link love.)

  7. I'm so stupid. I roast bell peppers, but I never thought of roasting my anaheims!!

  8. If I close my eyes, I can smell the green chiles roasting on the grill. Lovely photos and a great primer on how to roast chile peppers.

  9. The New York Friar's Club had a totally different method for "roasting" green chiles but it involves Dean Martin and a lot of lewd jokes.


  10. I like these in a salad with avocado, radish and lettuce, with a buttermilk-charred Anaheim chile dressing.

    Also wonderful in a quiche. Cut roasted chiles in strips, combine with cheese, eggs and crème fraîche. If you don't have crème fraîche, you can make your own. Combine 2 T. plain unflavored yogurt with 2 cups heavy cream. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 12 hours or preferably overnight. You'll need to stir it a bit at the end but it should be ready for use. Pour mixture into a pie crust, then bake at 350 F for 45 to 50 minutes or until a knife plunged into the center of the quiche comes out clean.

  11. Great how-to post, Kalyn! You are definitely putting that new grill to good use. Green chiles can liven up so many recipes and roasting them adds another layer of flavor.

  12. I do SO love this blog! I'm thinking we can roast chiles on the grill when it's already fired up for a main dish meat, and then have a supply for various dishes. I'm thinking they'd even be pretty good atop a burger with some Queso Fresco….

  13. Now I'm going to be craving chile all day. Boy, I miss living in the southwest.

    Throw a bit of pork shoulder in a crockpot with an onion and a few shakes of cumin; when that's reaching fork-tender, add a cup or two of chopped chile. Salt and pepper to taste and wrap up in tortillas, over eggs, on a spoon straight from the crockpot…

  14. Heather, aren't they useful in so many dishes. Love that green chile flavor!

    Karina, you must come visit me and we'll roast them together! (Seriously, I have a guest room now!)

    TCL, love the idea of stuffed green chiles (with cheese, I assume?) Yum!

    CookinsForMe, Hatch Green Chile Soup sounds divine!

  15. I recently had my first Hatch chile soup in Austin and it was great! I haven't found the chiles where I live yet but if and when I do I'll use your instructions to roast some. Thanks!

  16. I just got a bunch of Anaheims from my CSA, so this is very timely, but I want to keep them whole so I can stuff them.

  17. Thank you, Kalyn, for the terrific post on how to roast green chiles. I haven't tried it myself (no grill). But I'd love to! xox

  18. They're beautiful! I am craving chiles so much, I'm almost out from my haul last year from Santa Fe. I'll order some from a SFe place! Green chile croissant!! 🙂