Hatch, New Mexico - Home to the World’s BEST Green Chile
Hatch, New Mexico may seem like any other sleepy, sun-soaked desert town but it’s actually home to what is internationally recognized as some of the world’s best green chile! Hatch green chiles are exclusively grown in Hatch, New Mexico, and in the surrounding Hatch Valley.
The village is located in Doña Ana County, and the closest nearby city is Las Cruces, 40 miles to the south. According to the 2010 census, Hatch, New Mexico has a population of just 1,648 residents, and is officially just three square miles in size. A big part of what makes the chiles from Hatch, NM so good is the soil. Our soil, and the distinctive terroir that it is a part, of lend chile grown here in the Hatch Valley a unique and distinctive flavor. Another contributing factor to the “Hatch” effect is the level of care exercised by farmers here in the Valley. It’s that special touch that comes from being a third, fourth, or fifth generation farm that brought fame to our chile in the first place and we’re carrying on the tradition. Our roasted chile peppers are even hand peeled!
Each year though, the town of Hatch, New Mexico is overrun by tourists and New Mexicans alike during the annual Hatch Chile Festival held over Labor Day weekend. Though this weekend is at the height of the season, we have a blog post dedicated to answering the question when is hatch chile season?. As many as 30,000 tourists flock into town to sample Hatch Chile, try local dishes, and take part in various Chile themed activities and events.