New Mexico Green Chile Powder

New Mexico Green Chile Powder
New Mexico Green Chile Powder
New Mexico Green Chile Powder New Mexico Green Chile Powder
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Hatch Green Chile Powder

Hatch Green Chile Powder, Capsicum Annuum, may also be called Hatch chili powder, green chili powder, or Hatch chile powder.

What is Hatch Green Chile Powder

Hatch green chiles are grown in the fertile Hatch Valley of New Mexico, these long, green peppers are a distant cousin to Anaheim Peppers from California, but with much more flavor and a wider heat spectrum.

Hatch chiles start off with a deep green color and mature to a deep, rich red color. Harvested before they fully mature these green chiles are de-stemmed and dried before being finely milled into a tasty, medium heat chile powder. While both green and red Hatch chiles are cultivated and enjoyed — those that live in New Mexico tend to prefer one over the other.

Hatch New Mexico Green Chile’s flavor is vegetal and earthy, with a sharp, crisp, up-front heat and a hint of smokiness. The fully ripened Hatch New Mexico Red Chile has more of an earthy, sweet flavor with grassy undertones, with a touch of smoke, raisin, a hint of dried cherries and possesses more of a back-heat.

History of New Mexico Chiles

Native to Central Mexico, most of the New Mexico Chile varieties have been developed over the last 130 years in partnership with New Mexico State University.

According to the nonprofit organization Archaeology Southwest, chile peppers were one of the most vital foodstuffs among pre-contact (before European contact) Mesoamerican societies stretching from central Mexico down into Central and South America. Many food historians and anthropologists credit the introduction of chile peppers into this region of the American southwest to New Spain conquistador Don Juan de Oñate, who, in 1598, became the first colonial governor of Santa Fe de Nuevo México (modern day New Mexico).

It’s believed that many different varieties of chiles were cultivated during this time, most likely Chilacas (known as the Pasilla when dried), jalapeños, Poblanos (the dried version is Ancho) and, Serrano Peppers. But one variety that adapted exceptionally well to New Mexico’s climate and soil was a long green chile that turned red in the fall. New Mexican chiles were cultivated for hundreds of years in the northern part of region with such meticulous care that multiple distinct varieties emerged. These varieties became known as “landrace chiles”.

Landrace chiles are often named after the community where they're grown in (i.e. with Hatch, Chimayo and Espanola being some of the better known) but many family farms maintain their own unique named landrace chiles -- some of the best known of these include Hernandez, Escondida, Alcaldes and Velarde.

Cultivation of New Mexico Chiles

New Mexico chile peppers are grown from seeds and each of the individual pepper types is specifically bred and grown to be disease-resistant and provide consistent and healthy plants within their specific growing regions.

Altitude, climate and soil affects a crop's taste and heartiness, making the New Mexican region unique for plant propagation. The Caballo Mountain range to the west and the high deserts provide the ideal environment for growing chiles. To ensure that a variety's lineage remains disease-resistant and maintains optimal growth within its heritage region, seeds from specific plants are carefully selected. A quirky aspect of the New Mexico chile pepper regards reintroducing seeds from their heritage soil since each successive generation becomes susceptible to disease and it loses its flavor. Therefore, every few generations, chile pepper farmers reintroduce stored chile seeds to reinvigorate their crop.

New Mexico chiles are planted by seed in early April and green chiles are harvested from around mid-July to early September with red chiles being picked between mid-September and late October. As the green chiles ripen they become a deep, rich red color which changes the flavor of the chile, as it becomes a bit mellower and sweeter as it matures.

Where Are Hatch Green Chiles From

The Hatch valley in New Mexico.

Flavor Profile

Vegetal and earthy, with a sharp, crisp, up-front heat.

Are Hatch Green Chiles Hot

We consider these to be a medium heat chile, coming in at 3000-5000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units) and more flavorful than the California Chiles (500-1000 SHU).

What Kind of Pepper Is a Hatch Green Chile

There is no such thing as a Hatch chile. Hatch chiles can only be grown in the Hatch valley of New Mexico but could be from multiple different chile cultivars. For our Hatch Green Chile Powder we use a combination of New Mexico 6-4 Heritage and Big Jim peppers, this rich blend of pepper flavor comes from cultivars that were developed for their savory attributes. New Mexico 6-4 Heritage chiles were bred specifically to deliver a high flavor yield and a traditional New Mexico pepper flavor with a mild heat. The Big Jim cultivar, which also boasts some vegetal, earthy New Mexico flavor, was bred with a bit more heat.

How to Use Hatch Green Chiles

Add authentic flavor to New Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes by using this Hatch Green Chile Powder as a rub, in green chile aioli, smothered burrito sauce, braised chicken or pork, chicken soup, chile verde, cornbread, enchilada sauce, flatbreads, green chile stew, hamburgers, pasta, popcorn, homemade potato chips, tamale masa, homemade tortillas, and queso.

This chile powder is a knockout with fruit, so toss some in your apples for apple pie, or sprinkle on watermelon or mango for a zingy treat. Swap our Hatch Green Chile Powder in place of black pepper for a boost of heat and an extra dose of rich chile flavor.

Hatch Green Chile Substitutions

If you ask someone from New Mexico about what to use as a substitute to green chiles you’ll get an answer that there is no substitute. But if you’re in a pinch you can use Jalapeno Powder (3000 – 8000 SHU) which is a bit hotter but does have a similar earthy – grassy flavor.


Ingredients New Mexico 6-4 Heritage and Big Jim peppers
Also Called Hatch chili powder, green chili powder, or Hatch chile powder
Recommended Uses Braised chicken or pork, chicken soup, chile verde, cornbread, enchilada sauce, green chile stew, hamburgers, pasta, tamale masa, and queso
Flavor Profile Vegetal and earthy, with a sharp, crisp, up-front heat
Scoville Heat Units 3000 - 5000 SHU
Species Capsicum annuum
Cuisine American Southwest
How To Store Airtight container in a cool, dark place
Shelf Life 6-12 months
Country of Origin US
Dietary Preferences Gluten Free, Non-GMO


Hungry for More Information

What's So Special About New Mexico Chiles
A Spicy Guide to New Mexican Cuisine
How Well Do You Know Your Chiles
The Best Peppers for Chili


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat1g1%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.0g1%

Dietary Fiber0.9g4%

Total Sugars0.4g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.8 out of 5
19 total ratings.

Scott F. (Verified buyer) 06/19/2021
Magic Green Powder We love this stuff. We’ve used it in breakfast burritos, Thai soup and of course our famous Porky Verde !! Yay

Craig M. (Verified buyer) 02/18/2021
Use this regularly-Authentic It’s hard to find a good, regular, reasonably priced source of dried green Hatch chili powder. This is a blend of New Mexico 6-4 Heritage and Big Jim peppers, not just generic Anaheim, giving a nice earthy flavor and mild spice. 👍🏻

Arlene W. (Verified buyer) 01/15/2021
Just what I was looking for. First time buy. Like the heat and flavor. Tried on burgers, it's a keeper. Will use in chili and on seafood.

Cathy Z. (Verified buyer) 12/09/2020
Amazing products; Great company. I love the the selection of spices and other products, but what I love even more is the customer service. These folks want you to be happy. When I wasn't, they took care of it immediately and made everything right. That's rare these days. Bravo!!

Greg S. (Verified buyer) 10/26/2020
Love it! Love it!

charles f. (Verified buyer) 09/17/2020
Good Deal the amount of spice you get for the money was well worth it. the first time i used it, it was a dry rub an a Ribeye. it was delicious.

Shelly H. (Verified buyer) 03/30/2020
Hatch Green Chile Powder The Hatch green chile powder I ordered is great. It arrived sealed well, is fresh and delicious. I would order again!

Michael C. (Verified buyer) 02/22/2020
Excellent taste Excellent taste

Linda G. (Verified buyer) 12/31/2019
Thumbs Up! Hatch Chile Powder is great! We used in our tamale sauce to rave reviews! Only things is ... in order to get free shipping, I ordered a small package of Green Chile powder. The Green Chile powder did not arrive, but a sample of Pennsylvania Pepper did. What happened?

CLIFTON T. (Verified buyer) 12/13/2019
Hatch New Mexico Green Chile Powder Fresh, aromatic and tasty. Used it in my Breakfast Burritos already. Hatch grows super Green Chile Peppers & you process them right. Highly recommended.
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