I love the flavor of Hatch chiles, but can only get them dried online here in the NE. So, this is a simple way to convert them to a easily accessible 'paste' that I can then add into SW dishes (which call for the paste quite a bit!), soups, stews, etc and bring in that flavor without having to mess around with large dried chiles each time. I use mild heat because of the kids, but obviously you can do this with ANY dried chiles of any heat level. I hope it helps you enjoy your favorite chiles year round!