stuffed hatch chiles

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stuffed hatch chiles

summer is winding down

and I am counting the days ’til fall

but right now it’s hatch chile season, and that is reason to celebrate

moving has pretty much taken over our lives, and I have not been doing much cooking at all.

stuffed hatch chiles

add to that our crazy after-school schedule…a.k.a. we live at the football field (last night until after 9),

and take-out has been the norm far too often.

but when I spotted boxes of hatch chiles at Whole Foods last weekend, I had to buy them. they’re around for such a short time, you really can’t pass them up.

stuffed hatch chiles

normally I’d roast and freeze them, but my hope is to move as little as possible, so those will have to wait until next season

this year I’m stuffing my hatch chiles with cilantro lime rice, topped with some good sharp cheddar because cheese always makes it better. I’ve pretty much eaten them every day for lunch, but stuffed hatch chiles make a great meatless main dish for dinner too, just add a salad.

stuffed hatch chiles


  • 8 hatch chiles
  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp oil, divided (I use a light olive oil)
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar


  • in a medium saucepan combine the rice, water, salt, and 1/2 Tbsp oil
  • bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low
  • simmer rice 25 minutes (or according to package directions)
  • fluff rice with fork and then stir in remaining oil, lime juice and cilantro
  • carefully slice chiles down the center - being careful not to cut all the way through
  • carefully remove the seeds
  • fill each chile with rice, and top with cheese
  • bake at 400 degrees 15 - 20 minutes (cheese will be melted, bubbly, and beginning to brown)

stuffed hatch chiles

whatever you do, do NOT remove hatch chile seeds and then rub your eyes


more delicious hatch chile recipes from friends

hatch chile soup with corn – the wicked noodle

chile mac and cheese – Β recipe runner

slow cooker hatch green chile verde – foodiecrush

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