Dried Hatch chilis?

Can I still use them? My husband bought some at the market when they first came in but I didn't bother using them then. Are they just going to taste the same as regular peppers now, or is there still something special about the flavor now that they're dried and red? Are they hotter?

by Kathleen 45127 over 3 years ago


  • Chef Leslie (Food on the Table)
    Chef Leslie (Food on the Table) 141524

    You can still use them. You can rehydrate them by pouring boiling water over them and let them sit for about 20 minutes. Then puree and use them in salsas or sauces. The flavor of peppers does change as they mature. However, even though they are red and LOOK hotter, they actually become sweeter. You may also crush them and use them as you would red pepper flakes.

    over 3 years ago
  • Donna (Food on the Table)
    Donna (Food on the Table) 86758

    I found myself in the same situation, so I'm taking all of your advice, Leslie. Half will get flaked and the others will go into sauces!

    over 3 years ago