10 Great Hatch Chile Dishes to Try in Orange County

10 Great Hatch Chile Dishes to Try in Orange County
Photo by Daniel Zemans

In the stretches of the Hatch Valley region of New Mexico are perfectly lined rows of green Hatch chiles, a premium chile known for its meaty flesh and concurrently spicy and sweet flavor. Since it's only in season late summer to early fall, people go kind of nuts for it come August. Roasting pitches are rolled to the front of supermarkets (we've compiled a list for you here) and restaurants start cooking up special dishes with. Since you've only got a month or two to see what our local chefs can do with them, we made this list of dishes for you to try.

10. Hatch Burger at 25 Degrees (Huntington Beach)

10 Great Hatch Chile Dishes to Try in Orange County
Jonathan Ho/OC Weekly

Though the Hatch chile burger at 25 Degrees is referred to as "Chicago-style," the chiles they use are definitely the spicy, smoky ones Santa Fe has become known for. Made with Hatch chiles, pickles, relish, an oven roasted tomatoes, and onions, this burger is a celebration of fresh produce as it is beef. You can also customize your own burger and add Hatch chiles for $1.

412 Walnut Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 960-2525; 25degreesrestaurant.com; Twitter: @25degreesHB

9. Hatch Chile Omelette at Early Bird Cafe (Fullerton)

10 Great Hatch Chile Dishes to Try in Orange County
Photo by wEnDy

A traditional breakfast of eggs, bacon, and pancakes is always good, but why go that route when you can get, say, a Hatch chile omelette? That's right folks, you can now start your day off with Hatch chiles thanks to Early Bird Cafe, which has been putting it on the menu for the last couple of seasons.

1000B E Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton, (714) 529-4100; earlybirdoc.com; Twitter: @earlybirdoc



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