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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
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.
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.
Recipe by Claudette Ortiz Franzoy, wife of James Franzoy, Joseph Franzoy’s grandson.
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.
Recipe by Elaine Mitchell, co-owner of the Hatch Chile Store and wife of Preston Mitchell, Joseph Franzoy’s great-great-grandson.
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.
Recipe by Patsy Ogaz Trujillo, daughter of Adrian Ogaz, a cotton and chile farmer in Hatch.
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.
Recipe by Ozena Franzoy, wife of Marty Franzoy, Joseph Franzoy’s great-grandson.
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.
Recipe by Josie and Teako Nunn, owners of Sparky’s restaurant in Hatch
Whip ingredients in a blender until combined.