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August 12, 2019

How to Roast Peppers

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It’s Hatch chile season, so let’s learn how to roast peppers! Prep, roast, chop and store these chile peppers to enjoy the flavors throughout the season and beyond. We’ve got all the tips and tricks here!

Roasted Hatch chiles line a baking dish, close up

I’d never heard of a Hatch chile, let alone tried one, until we moved to Dallas back in 2012.

Back then, I marveled at the fact that groceries threw celebrations especially for peppers.

Now, I get it.

But if you’re new to Hatch peppers, I know how you feel. And I’m writing this post to encourage you to purchase some and give ‘em a try because they’re absolutely delightful!

The tutorial in this post can also assist you in roasting any other variety of pepper, too!

Recipes that call for roasted peppers: Hatch Chile Breakfast Flatbread 

Green chiles are shown in a wooden bowl

What you’ll need to roast chile peppers

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Hatch chile peppers are shown on a baking sheet, before roasting

How to roast peppers

First and foremost, wash and dry all of your peppers.

Why? Because we always want our produce to be clean and free of any dust or anything else from transport. But also, these babies are going beneath the broiler, and they will pop and sizzle and not blister up as nicely if they’re still wet.

Move your oven rack to the MIDDLE of the oven. Preheat the broiler, and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. (Don’t skip this step, please.)

Place the Hatch chiles on the baking sheet, spacing them so they’re not touching. You want ample surface area for all of the peppers to get all blistery and beautiful in the oven.

Roast for 8-12 minutes, or until the peppers have blistered.

Blistered Hatch chiles on a baking sheet, under the broiler in the oven

You don’t want them to be burnt or completely blackened, so keep an eye on them.

I’ve included photos of what they should look like in this post, too, in case you need a visual reference. Goodness knows I didn’t know what I was doing for a while when I was roasting peppers, and I’d love to help you learn from my mistakes without you having to make them yourself.

Pull the baking sheet out of the oven, and flip the peppers using kitchen tongs. Keep in mind that they’re going to be hot, hot, hot, so watch your hands!

Once you’ve flipped the peppers, transfer the baking sheet back to the oven and broil for 8-10 minutes more, or until this side of the peppers is also blistered.

Remove the baking sheet from the broiler.

The final roasted peppers, on a baking sheet, after broiling

Immediately transfer the peppers into a heat-safe bowl. (I love my Le Creuset bowl for this because the stoneware is always safe for heated stuff!)

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it sit for 20 minutes.

Why do we do this? The steam will help loosen the blistered exterior of the peppers. And we want that to be loose because we’re going to peel it off and toss it, leaving the softened, deliciously roasted interior beneath it.

Roasted peppers steam under a plastic wrapped bowl, before peeling

Once they’ve sat for 20 minutes, gently peel the skins from the peppers. I like to start at the top of the pepper, near the stem, and peel back the blistered skin. Sometimes, it’ll pull right off, and other times, you have to wiggle it a little bit. Don’t get flustered—once they’ve roasted and steamed, they will come off.

Once the skins are removed from the roasted peppers, slice them open with a knife and remove the seeds. I remove the seeds with the back of my knife, gently scraping away from the stem to pull as many seeds away as I possibly can.

Chop ‘em (or leave them whole) to enjoy in a variety of recipes.

Chopped and roasted chiles are shown in a bowl, surrounded by fresh chiles

Erin’s Ideas for What to Put Hatch Chiles In…

Y’all, the possibilities are endless with Hatch chiles and what you can serve ‘em in.

I have a friend who loves to put them in a creamy pasta. (I think they’d be a fabulous seasonal twist on my Instant Pot Mac ‘n Cheese. They would be scrumptious in this Chicken Spaghetti Casserole or Three Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, too!)

I’ve put them on flatbread before, and they’d be great on a bruschetta, too. Replace the pepper jam in my Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese Bruschetta recipe to capitalize on the flavor paired with a creamy cheese! Add some pizzazz to Loaded Queso or Easy Cheese Dip by adding a smoky roasted pepper element.

You could even add them to a creamy sausage gravy and serve it over biscuits for extra spice and flavor.

Roasted peppers are shown in a bowl, from above

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Hatch chiles?

Hatch chiles are green peppers grown and harvested in the Hatch Valley of southern New Mexico.

Hatch chiles come in both green and red varieties. They’re the same pepper, though, so what you need to know is that green Hatch chiles are harvested earlier while the red ones are harvested later. The harvest time makes a difference in their flavor.

The green Hatch chiles have a smokier flavor when roasted, while the red ones sweeten up.

When is Hatch chile season?

In a typical growing year, the peppers are available from mid-July through the end of September.

In Dallas, August seems to be the time that everyone is selling and celebrating, but you can purchase the chiles online from a few companies straight out of Hatch, New Mexico if your local markets don’t carry the pepper.

Are Hatch chiles spicy?

It depends on the variety you purchase. (And if you look this up on Google, you’ll find that Hatch chile peppers can fall between 350 and 30,000 on the Scoville scale, which ranks .)

I’ve had some Hatch chiles that have darn near lit my hair on fire while I’ve had others that are flavorful, but mild.

If you’re unsure which type you’re purchasing, I’d ask someone in the produce section of your grocery (or talk to the seller at the farmer’s market) so you’re not surprised by the heat or the lack of it.

How do you store these peppers after roasting?

You can store ‘em in a food storage container in the refrigerator for up to a week to add to various recipes. (Think of how delicious they would be added to scrambled eggs!)

You can also use a vacuum sealer to seal either whole roasted peppers or chopped roasted peppers in a vacuum sealed bag to freeze. This is what we did! They’ll keep for up to three months in the freezer, and you can defrost them and throw them into a variety of dishes at your leisure.

A vacuum sealer is used to seal baggies of roasted, chopped peppers for the freezer

Quick tips for roasting chiles

  • Roast the Hatch peppers within 1-2 days of bringing them home from the store. The flavor is even more excellent when you cook them when they’re as fresh as possible.
  • Use Ahaheim or another green chile pepper that has mild heat in place of Hatch chile peppers if you can’t find them.
  • Store the roasted, peeled peppers in the fridge for up to a week. Throw ‘em in a freezer-safe bag (or vacuum seal them, like I did) to store them in the freezer for up to three months.

Roasted Peppers from above on a baking sheet, with Pinterest text

Now who’s interested in learning how to roast some chile peppers?

Here’s how I do it:

How to Roast Peppers
Yield: 2 cups roasted, chopped peppers

How to Roast Peppers

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Steaming / Cooling Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes

Let’s learn how to roast peppers! Prep, roast, chop and store them to enjoy throughout the season and beyond. We’ve got all the tips and tricks here!

Ingredients

  • 12 Hatch chile peppers (or any other pepper variety you'd like to roast!)

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry all of your peppers. We want the peppers to be clean and free of any dust or debris, and we want them to blister up nicely, so they’ve gotta be dry, too.
  2. Move the oven rack to the MIDDLE of the oven, and preheat
    the broiler.
  3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. (Please don’t skip this step, as your chiles could potentially stick to the baking sheet if you don’t.) 
    Arrange the Hatch chiles on the baking sheet. Space them out so they’re not touching, as this will help them blister evenly.
  4. Roast for 8-12 minutes, or until the peppers have blistered. You don’t want them to be burnt or completely blackened, so keep an eye on them.
  5. When the peppers are blistered, remove the baking sheet from the oven, and flip the peppers with kitchen tongs.
  6. Place the peppers back in the oven for another 8-10 minutes, or until the peppers are blistered.
  7. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and immediately transfer the peppers to a heat-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. (This will create steam, and the steam is going to loosen the exteriors of the peppers so we can remove them more easily.) 
  8. Once the 20 minutes have passed, gently peel the skins off the peppers using your fingers. I like to start at the top of the pepper, near the stem, and peel back the blistered skin. Sometimes, it’ll pull
    right off, and other times, you have to wiggle it a little bit. Don’t get
    flustered—once they’ve roasted and steamed, they will come off.
  9. Once the skins are removed from the roasted peppers, slice them open with a knife and remove the seeds. I remove the seeds with the back of my knife, gently scraping away from the stem to pull as many seeds away as I possibly can.
  10. From here, you can leave the peppers whole or chop them up to add to a variety of different recipes.

Notes

Roasted peppers will keep, sliced or whole, in the refrigerator in a food safe container for up to a week. You can freeze the roasted peppers in a vacuum sealed bag for a few months, too. (You can leave them whole or chop them up before freezing.)

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

¼ cup

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 31 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 6mg Carbohydrates: 7g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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