Hatch chile peppers are a staple in New Mexican cuisine. But if you think their use doesn’t extend much beyond salsas and other spicy condiments, think again. These special chiles grown in the Hatch Valley region of the state can add dynamic flavor to all kinds of foods and beverages. Scroll through the slideshow to discover six surprising products made with New Mexico Hatch chiles.
Located about 45 minutes southwest of Hatch, D.H. Lescombes Winery makes Hatch Chile Wines from both green and red chile peppers. Chopped green chiles are soaked in cold white wine for a final product that’s slightly sweet, slightly spicy and entirely unique. The red pepper version is spicier, with a smoky flavor that pairs well with chocolate.