It’s our favorite time of year in New Mexico – green chile season! There’s no better sight and smell than these fragrant hatch chiles in the roaster at neighborhood grocery store parking lots. Other states try to duplicate our chiles, but there’s only one certified New Mexico green chile with its unique blend of subtly sweet, spicy and smoky taste.
Peak harvest season is typically August through September, so, what can you do to best enjoy this special time of year? We’ve put together three ways to experience green chile that will make living in New Mexico the envy of your chile-loving, out-of-state friends.
If you feel like exploring the state to discover the best green chile burger joint, the New Mexico Tourism Department created the handy Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail. This resource maps numerous green chile burger spots from Silver City to Santa Fe.
If you prefer options closer to the Mariposa community for your green chile cheeseburger fix, check out these nearby favorites:
Turtle Mountain Brewing Company
905 36th Place SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
1304 Warrior Way
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004
4940 Corrales Rd, Suite 400
Corrales, NM 87048
Why not go straight to the source for your green chile supply? There’s no better time of year to visit one of New Mexico’s fantastic farms and farmer’s markets to pick up your green chile. No need to drive far from Mariposa to enjoy these nearby farm experiences.
Big Jim Farms (Organically Grown U-Pick Green Chile)4474 Rio Grande Blvd
Los Ranchos, NM (On Rio Grande Blvd before Montano Bridge)
Hours: Every weekend in September and October, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Corrales Growers Market
500 Jones Rd
Corrales, NM 87048Regular Season Hours:
Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – Noon (Late April through early November)
Every Wednesday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Mid-July through mid-October)
Zia Bernalillo Farmers’ Market
300 Rotary Park Rd
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Hours: Every Friday, 4-7 p.m., June 14 – Oct. 25
Now that you have your chiles, it’s time to cook with them. Don’t worry if you don’t have grandma’s cooking skills to whip up a green chile dish. These easy-to-make recipes will have you cooking like a pro and ready to invite friends and family over for some homecooked New Mexico favorites.
While you can find green chiles year-round in New Mexico, and add them to practically any dish you want, there’s something about green chile season in New Mexico that cannot be replicated.
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Photo courtesy Big Jim Farms