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hatch chile paste 'ice cubes'

Recipe by
Brad Nichols
Pleasantville, NY

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!

yield serving(s)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For hatch chile paste 'ice cubes'

  • 8-10
    large dried chiles
  • 2 clove

How To Make hatch chile paste 'ice cubes'

  • 1
    Remove Stems and Seeds from Dried Chiles - use protective gloves!
  • 2
    Place Chiles in a pot, cover with water, boil 5-6 minutes until soft. Set water aside.
  • 3
    Move Chiles to blender, add garlic, and about 1/3 cup of the water you boiled them in.
  • 4
    Blend smooth - Note you are looking for the consistency of tomato paste fairly thick. The amount of water needed will vary with the size of your chiles so add a little at a time.
  • 5
    Transfer paste to ice cube tray(s) and freeze into cubes
  • 6
    Once frozen, transfer cubes to a ziploc freezer bag
  • 7
    Add a cube of Chile paste to your favorite SW dishes whenever you like!!