Sandia – Hot Hatch Green Chile

Sandia is truly a New Mexico hot. However, it is also a versatile and very tasty variety of chile ranging from five to eight inches when mature. Because of it’s size, our Sandia is great for making rellenos and because of it’s heat, it is great for use in any dish you can think of that calls for a good kick! We currently farm two strains of Sandia seed.

Our first strain (Sandia Legacy) is produced by Jimmy Lytle, son of Big Jim Lytle, after whom the world-famous Big Jim variety was named. The other (Sandia Select) is an improved strain of Sandia which is produced by Biad Chile Products. Though both offer equivalent flavor and heat, we grow two strains for diversification and disease resistance. If one variety is more susceptible to a specific disease which gets out of control in a given year, having two strains in our fields allows us to protect the crop somewhat.

The original strain of Sandia (Hot) was first released by Dr. Harper in 1956, then known as Sandia A, and officially known as Sandia as of 1967. Sandia had a heat level of between 1,500-2,000, as measured by Scoville Heat Units when first released, though today we see it’s heat profile running a fair bit hotter than that. It is consistently hot and spicy, without being too overpowering. We offer fresh Sandia in 5 pound, 10 pound and 25 pound boxes and carry flame-roasted, frozen sandia in 1lb bags. Frozen Sandia can be ordered in 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25lb boxes both whole and chopped. 

You can order our fresh or frozen hatch green chile online by clicking on one of the category links to the left or can call us directly at 575-635-4680 to place your order or ask any questions you may have. We are more than happy to answer informational questions so always feel free to get in touch.

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We ordered the wreath as a gift and it was delivered on time. Wreath is lovely, very full of peppers and attractive, yet doesn't weigh much so it can easily be hung.

Have been ordering this Chile every year for the last several years. Now have family and friends ordering after tasting my Chile and wanting some of their own. Big Jim is not too hot and taste delicious!!! Highly recommend. Also, love their packaging and shipping of the product. This product brings NM to Maryland for me!!

The best thing I can say to review these chiles is that they are authentic. Authentic flavour, authentic heat levels, authentic New Mex chiles. If you want to experience again, or for the first time, what this variety of NuMex chiles are, then buy these without reservation.

I really appreciate extra care and customer service by HCS in noting that this year's crop was running a little more on the mild side. These are real agricultural products and variation in growing season, rainfall, sun, as well as soils and geographic location grown will affect the mature pod. By noting the variation in this year's crop, HCS give customers the information needed to make the best product/varietal choice for their cooking.

My favorite use is for my version of New Mexico Green Chile Stew, and because I use about a 2 or 3 - 1 ratio (pre-roasted weight) of chiles to pork, and the mass of chiles combines to increase the heat experienced by diners, I usually look for Joe E. Parker and Big Jim varieties. But the uses for these chiles is limited only by your imagination. They are especially good to stuff, as the pod can grow large.

Highly recommend.


The Medium-Hot Big Jims from the Hatch Chile Store are a staple in my house. Upon arrival, a portion of the fresh chilies are kept in the refrigerator for roasting, including in mire poix and/or other roasted veg, while the rest goes seeded and sliced into pepperocini-style rounds in gallon brine jars for months (but usually weeks lol) of hatchy enjoyment. Including Hatch in the repertoire is excellent and the Hatch Chile Store makes it convenient.

I've not returned to New Mexico in decades, but never out-grew my love for the 'real' taste Hatch. Ordering the 'hot' was a stab in the dark, but it's certainly not overwhelming. Thus far, I've enjoyed it on my burgers, my eggs, chile stew ... almost every day!

Thank you for the speedy delivery and super customer service!