Originally Posted by cali_camper
Forgive my ignorance - what what is
green chile? Is that the same thing as green bell peppers?
Originally Posted by Mrs Evans
They're hotter than green bell peppers but not as hot as jalepenos. I typically use canned 'Hatch' green chilies
Michelle is correct. (Well Almost
... Fresh Hot Hatch Green Chilie blows Jalapeños
out of the water. Barker Hot Hatch Green Chilie comes darn close to being as hot as a Habanero Chilie! (Michelle, you MAY be able to get fresh Hatch chilies in TX in late August - check farmers markets & stores that cater to the Latino population).
Photo of Green Chilies attached.
To expand slightly, you can also buy them in most stores fresh (they call them Anaheim Chilie Peppers) They are usually very mild.
Like Mrs. Evans, I look for the Hot Hatch Chilie in cans, usually in the Latino section of the grocery stores.
Still, the Anaheim chilies are good! And if you are not used to heat/spice a great alternative to the Hot ones. The green chilie flavor (completely unique regardless of heat!). Give it a try!
- If you buy them fresh, you will need to roast them on a gas grill.
- Turn on the gas grill to high and put the chilies on the grate and let them roast until the skin darkens and blisters.
- Remove to a plate and let cool.
- Prepare to peel the skin off the chilies
DANGER DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!
IMPORT step. put on rubber gloves! Even if you are peeling the mild Anaheim chillies put on rubber gloves!**
- Now that you have rubber gloves on, you can handle the cooled chilies.
- Peel the skin off and discard. Leave the seeds intact (especially on the Mild Anaheim chilies) this is where the spice is
- Store the chilies in a refrigerator for up to 4 days although it is best to use immediately. Try them in some scrambled eggs for breakfast. Delicious!
You can order green chilies from New Mexico - they ship nationwide. We usually get a 40# sack of Hatch Chilie in late August (Chilie Harvest) I will roast the bag and freeze the chilies so we can have some of that green goodness year round!
** Know that pepper spray the police carry? Know the pepper spray you can buy for self defense? Guess what's in it? Capsicum. Guess what makes green chilies hot? Yep, Capsicum! (The hotter the chilie the higher the capsicum count). So, if you get this capsicum on your hands while peeling the chilies (and no it does not wash off with water!) Guess what will happen later on when you rub your eye or some other tender area of your (or your loved one's) body?