Hatch Valley Salsa
April 27, 2015—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
In some places, chiles are just peppers, nothing more. Not so in New Mexico's Hatch Valley, where chiles are so worthy of celebration that they have their very own festival - each August, the town of Hatch hosts the Hatch Chile Festival, which draws as many as 30,000 visitors. These are interesting chiles, worthy of their own salsa. We set to work to make that happen, with the resulting Trader José's Hatch Valley Salsa a shining example of exactly why these hot peppers are so extensively fêted.
Our plan to bring a salsa made with Hatch Valley chiles to all of Trader Joe's country included the edict that the salsa be simple, green, and bursting with chile flavor. Check. The ingredient list on this one is short and simple: Hatch chile peppers, tomatillos, lime juice, garlic salt. Because the peppers come first, they deliver a heat that hits first, and lingers long. It's not melt-your-face-off hot, but this is not a mild salsa. The tomatillos and lime juice add a bit of acidity to balance the heat a bit. Try Hatch Valley Salsa with chips, of course. Spoon it into a breakfast burrito. Pour it over enchiladas. Or make a kicked-up Chile Verde with this Salsa in place of a classic mild salsa verde.
We're selling each 12 ounce jar of Trade José's Hatch Valley Salsa for the excellent everyday price of $2.69, a value that's as worthy of celebration as the chiles themselves. You'll find it on our grocery shelves.