One of my favorite times of the year is almost upon us. This Friday (August 20th) kicks off Harmons’ annual Hatch Chile Roast. A fierce fiesta of flavor and fire, and overly giddy alliteration too. Swing by all locations (Friday and Saturdays 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.) and you’ll undoubtedly spy an assembled crowd, not least see, hear and smell the chiles being roasted fresh out in the parking lot.
Inside that cascading barrel, fresh Anaheim peppers from Hatch New Mexico being roasted to a sweet and smoky finish. Should you be addicted to the things as much as I am – Harmons offers the finished roasted product by the bushel for $33. How much is a bushel, honestly, I have now clue? Frankly its a whole lot of chilis my friend – so it’s worth noting they work great out of the freezer too.
Can’t handle that much heat? You can grab the freshly roasted stuff for $3.99 a pound too as well as find smiley Hatch flavors in a range of Harmons’ in store products. The Harmons PR team tell me that will include the following dishes this year: chile verde brats, fire roasted chile pineapple salsa, fire roasted chile hummus, burritos, tamales, empanadas, roasted chile twice baked potatoes and roasted chile mac & cheese.
The roasting season runs until September 6th. Bonus points, grab some Rico Foods rice/pico/tortilla while you’re there and you’ll have simple favor packed dinners that beat many sit down restaurants; pictured above my own hatch chile tacos, and below some air fried chimichangas with Rico ingredients and Harmons’ chili verde.
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with multiple local publications from Visit Salt Lake to Salt Lake Magazine, not least helped to consult on national TV shows.
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