Chile Facts & Recipes


Chile must be kept very cool and wet, preferably on ice while being transported. Chile should be frozen immediately. Chile will spoil very quickly (within a couple of days) if it is not kept properly. A cooler with ice is the best way to transport chile.

  • One fresh medium-sized green chile pod has as much Vitamin C as six oranges.

  • One teaspoon of dried red chile powder has the daily requirements of Vitamin A.

  • Hot chile peppers burn calories by triggering a thermodynamic burn in the body, which speeds up the metabolism.

  • Teas & lozenges are made with chile peppers for the treatment of a sore throat.

  • Capsaicinoids, the chemical that make chile peppers hot, are used in muscle patches for sore and aching muscles.

  • Chile peppers are relatives of tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplants, all belonging to the nightshade family.

  • The color extracted from very red chile pepper pods, oleoresin, is used in everything from lipstick to processed meats.

  • There are 26 known species of chile pepper, five of which are domesticated.

Adapted from the New Mexico Chile Institutes’ “Chile Pepper Facts”

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Red Chile Posole

  • 3 to 4 c. pork roast
  • 4c. red chile sauce
  • 1 large can hominy
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder

Cut fat from meat then cut into small pieces. Cook meat in small amount of water until done. Mix 1c. water and 2 tsp. flour together in small amount of water until done. Mix 1 c. water and 2 tsp. flour together. Add meat with chile sauce, cumin and garlic. Simmer for 1 hr. Add hominy. Simmer until meat is tender.

Green Enchilada by Misty Weathers-2nd place (year unknown, but I remember Misty was just a teenager at the time)

  • 2 cans creamy chicken mushroom soup
  • 1 can water
  • 2 dozen corn tortillas
  • 1 lb. grated cheese
  • chopped onion
  • garlic powder to taste
  • chopped Hatch Valley Green Chile

Mix soup, water, garlic and chile. Cook soup for a few minutes. Heat tortillas. Roll small amounts of cheese and onions in tortillas and place in pan. Pour soup mixture over tortillas and bake for 30-40 minutes. Serve.

Chile Cheese Ball

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 med. can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped green onions
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped green onions
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped bell pepper
  • 1/4 c. chopped green chile
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt

Place cream cheese in bowl, add remaining ingredients, use only 1/2 cup pecans, and mix well. Leave in refrigerator overnight. Before serving, form into ball and roll in leftover pecans. Serve with crackers.

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