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Homemade In Hatch

The Hatch Valley, south of Truth or Consequences, is considered the Chile Capital of the World. Descendants of chile pioneer Joseph Franzoy and other Hatch pepper buffs offer their favorite home-cooking recipes, just in time for the fall harvest. Most of the dishes that follow call for roasted green chile. For roasting instructions, plus more recipes, go to www.hatch-green-chile.com.

By Deborah Busemeyer | Photos by Douglas Merriam

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    Joe’s Green Chile Delight

    This recipe by Joe Franzoy—son of Joseph Franzoy, the first commercial chile farmer in the Hatch Valley—won first place in the 1988 Hatch Chile Festival.

    Joe’s Green Chile Delight

    Serves: 6

    INGREDIENTS
    • ¼ pound ham, cubed
    • 1 tablespoon oil
    • 25 green chiles, roasted, peeled, and chopped
    • 3 jalapeños, peeled and chopped
    • 3 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
    • ¼ teaspoon cumin
    • ¾ teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
    • 3 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
    DIRECTIONS

    1. Sauté ham in the oil in a large saucepan.

    2. Add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a hard boil, and turn off. Serve as desired.

    Crepe Olé

    Recipe by Claudette Ortiz Franzoy, wife of James Franzoy, Joseph Franzoy’s grandson.

    Crepe Ole

    Serves: 4–5

    INGREDIENTS
    • 1 cup flour
    • 2 eggs
    • ½ cup half-and-half
    • ½ cup water
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons melted butter
    • 6 whole green chiles
    • 6 slices pepper jack cheese
    DIRECTIONS

    1. In medium-size bowl, beat eggs, then whisk in flour. Gradually add half-and-half and water. Add salt and butter. In a griddle on medium-high heat, add ¼ cup batter. Tilt pan in circular motion and swirl so batter is even. Flip to other side. 

    2. When six crepes are done, lay them on a cutting board. Place green chile in the middle of each crepe and cut crepe and chile in two. Place a half slice of pepper jack cheese on each before rolling up crepe.

    3. Makes 12 snacks that can be served cold with hummus, sour cream, or spreadable cheese. They can also be left whole and heated, like chiles rellenos.

    Elaine’s Green Chile Pasta

    Recipe by Elaine Mitchell, co-owner of the Hatch Chile Store and wife of Preston Mitchell, Joseph Franzoy’s great-great-grandson.

    Elaine’s Green Chile Pasta

    Serves: 6–8

    INGREDIENTS
    • 16 ounces farfalle pasta
    • 1 lemon
    • 2 diced tomatoes
    • 2 cups diced green chile
    • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
    • 1 cup fresh mozzarella cheese
    DIRECTIONS

    1. Boil water and cook pasta to al dente. Drain.

    2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and sauté in a medium-size skillet until heated through.

    3. Add pasta, diced tomato, and green chile to the skillet. When the mixture is warm, squeeze a lemon over the ingredients and sprinkle with cheese. Serve hot or cold.

    Stuffed Eggplant With Green Chile

    Recipe by Patsy Ogaz Trujillo, daughter of Adrian Ogaz, a cotton and chile farmer in Hatch. 

    Stuffed Eggplant With Green Chile

    Serves: 4

    INGREDIENTS
    • 1 medium to large eggplant
    • ¾ cup sliced mushrooms
    • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
    • 3 tablespoons green chile, roasted, peeled, and chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
    • ½ cup cream
    • 3 tablespoons pimiento, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
    • 1 cup Colby cheese, grated
    DIRECTIONS

    1. Heat oven to 350º F. Cut out inside of eggplant, leaving shell. Remove eggplant pulp and cut into cubes. Cook in salted boiling water for 10 minutes.

    2. While eggplant is cooking, sauté mushrooms, onion, chile, and garlic in butter or margarine. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Add well-drained eggplant, cream, and pimiento.

    3. Fill eggplant shell with the mixture. Top with cheese. Bake for about 25–30 minutes, until cheese is melted.

    Green Chile Stew  

    Recipe by Ozena Franzoy, wife of Marty Franzoy, Joseph Franzoy’s great-grandson.

    Green Chile Stew

    Serves: 8–10

    INGREDIENTS
    • 2 pounds ground turkey
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 2 cups green chile, roasted, peeled, and chopped
    DIRECTIONS

    1. Sear turkey in a hot skillet, then transfer to a Crock-Pot. Add the green chile, salt, garlic powder, and cumin.

    2. Cover with lid and simmer for 2 hours or until meat is tender.

    Sparky’s Green Chile Milkshake 

    Recipe by Josie and Teako Nunn, owners of Sparky’s restaurant in Hatch

    Sparky’s Green Chile Milkshake

    Serves: 1–2

    INGREDIENTS
    • 20 ounces soft-serve ice cream (or substitute regular ice cream, slightly softened)
    • ¼ cup green chile, roasted, peeled, and chopped.
    DIRECTIONS

    Whip ingredients in a blender until combined.