I don’t know about you, but end of summer in Texas is also Hatch Chile season!
For a little background info, hatch chiles are appropriately grown in Hatch, New Mexico and are super flavorful. All of the grocery stores in Dallas have them roasted in house and packaged for sale in either the mild or spicy variety. No worries, they are still plenty to go around even if you want to roast them yourself!
And at the beginning of September, there is a Hatch Chile Festival in Hatch New Mexico! If you know me at all, then you probably know I love all food festivals. Even though I haven’t been to many, state fairs and food festivals are always on my to-do list. Usually, I only know they exist after they have happened for the year.
Enter: Hatch Valley Chile Festival. So this festival happened last weekend, and of course, since Texas neighbors New Mexico, my initial thought was that I could have driven to New Mexico and visited for the day!
But then, I googled mapped the route….
11 hours and 29 minutes is NOT close. I really need to work on my southwest geography.
But even though I didn’t get to go to the Hatch Chile Festival, I happily devised a perfect summer recipe that accentuates the flavor of the chile.
Burgers and Hatch Chiles are a match made in heaven. And if you REALLY want to amp the hatch chile ante, add a slice of hatch monterrey jack cheese to the top!
But before I give you the recipe, I will leave you with some fun chile facts!
- One medium green chile has has much Vitamin C as 6 oranges
- One teaspoon of dried red chile powder has the daily requirements of Vitamin A
- Hoe chile peppers burn calories by triggering a a thermodynamic burn in the body, resulting in an increased metabolism
Hatch Chile Cheese Burgers
- 1 lb. 90% lean grass fed ground beef
- 1/4 cup roasted and chopped hatch chiles
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 teaspoons smart balance butter
- 2 oz monterrey jack cheese