Hatch Chile Grilled Cheese Sandwich

by Dorothy Reinhold on August 11, 2014

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Hatch Grilled Cheese Sandwich: A classic grilled cheese with roasted Hatch chiles somehow is even better than the sum of its parts!

One of the pleasures of writing about food is getting a first taste of things that are just coming into season.

For example, we wait all year for flavorful Hatch chiles from New Mexico, and they arrive in August, only to be gone by mid- to late-September. Luckily, Melissa’s Produce throws a little Hatch tasting party and I get to sample the new season’s crop along with some new recipes.

Today I’ll share a simple Hatch Grilled Cheese Sandwich, because frankly, I couldn’t stop eating it at the party. I might have had three. And I might have wished I could justify two more. Melted cheesy goodness playing against lightly spicy Hatch in a crispy bread exterior…it just doesn’t get much better than that.

The recipe for the sandwich is in “Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook,” a charming cookbook chock full of 150 recipes that all use this popular green pepper in some form or another. I recommend it for you chile-heads.

Here’s the Hatch Chile food we tasted…

Honey Mustard Pretzel Crunch | Hatch Chile recipe | ShockinglyDelicious.comHoney Mustard Pretzel Crunch (click for the recipe)

Hatch Chile Pinwheels | Hatch Chile recipe | ShockinglyDelicious.comHatch Chile Pinwheels (click for the recipe)

Six Bean Salad | Hatch Chile recipe | ShockinglyDelicious.comSix Bean Salad

Roasted Chile and Cheddar Tamales | Hatch Chile recipe | ShockinglyDelicious.comRoasted Chile and Cheddar Tamales

Crab and Grilled Corn Chowder | Hatch Chile recipe | ShockinglyDelicious.comCrab and Grilled Corn Chowder

Hatch Grilled Cheese Sandwich | Hatch Chile recipe | ShockinglyDelicious.comAnd of course, the legendary Hatch Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Fire up the panini maker or a simple skillet, and let’s make lunch!

Hatch Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Serving Size: 1 sandwich

Hatch Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A classic grilled cheese with roasted Hatch somehow is even better than the sum of its parts!


  • Unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 1/3-inch thick slices (or use part cheddar and part mozzarella)
  • 1 Hatch chile, roasted, peeled, stemmed, seeded and halved lengthwise


  1. Set a large skillet over medium-high heat and add enough butter to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Layer the cheese and chiles onto 2 of the bread slices. Top with remaining 2 slices of bread. Cook the sandwiches on one side, turning after 5 minutes or when the first side is golden brown and the cheese has begun to melt. Cook on the other side just until golden brown. Serve hot.
  2. (You may also make these sandwiches in a panini maker or counter-top grill [such as a George Foreman]. Simply spread the butter on the outside of the sandwich and proceed!)
  3. Serves 2.


Recipe source: “Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook,” World Variety Produce; $19.95


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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan S. August 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm



Steve2 in LA August 12, 2014 at 1:19 am

Hatch Green Chilies . . . only the world’s best. Miss ’em.


Sharyl Wolter August 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm

I have used them in King Ranch Chicken and will do so again!


Carolsue August 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm

I would like to make Chile Rellenos!


Lorri Allen August 11, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Hatch are my favorite chilies!


Christie Campbell August 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Since I’ve never made anything with Hatch chiles, I think I would make anything with them! I’m thinking some huevos rancheros or enchiladas? maybe some tostadas. The sky’s the limit!


The Wimpy Vegetarian August 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm

I would love to have some Hatch chiles!!!! I think I’d start with your Hatch grilled cheese sandie. It’s raining like crazy here in Tahoe, and it would be perfect for dinner tonight!


Margot C August 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I’m thinking of maybe some salmon grilled and then painted with the Hatch Chiles


Hezzi-D August 11, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I’d love to make a Hatch chili grilled cheese.


Brenda T. August 11, 2014 at 12:25 pm

We LOVE Hatch chilies–my daughter especially. We like to make homemade salsa with our hatch chilies. Yum!


delawaregirl1 August 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I just love New Mexico chilies!


Jane, The Heritage Cook August 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

One of my favorites is a sweet/savory corn pudding where the chiles add a touch of heat. I may just have to make it this week! 😉


Julie @ Texan New Yorker August 11, 2014 at 11:25 am

I love this!!! I’ve made cheese bread, spoon bread, salad dressing, cobbler, scones with Hatch chiles…. one of my favorite things ever!


Donna Currie August 11, 2014 at 11:19 am

I just recently made chili using Hatch peppers.


Kimberly August 11, 2014 at 9:48 am

omg … I love Hatch chiles! And I can only image how AMAZING they are in a grilled cheese sandwich!

Okay, instead of imagining, I am going to make some this week!

Thanks for sharing this fab recipe!


Sara August 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

I want to make the apple coffee cake with chilies in it!!!


Erika Kerekes {Not Ketchup} August 11, 2014 at 8:12 am

What would I like to make with Hatch chiles? All of the above, starting with that grilled cheese. My tummy is RUMBLING!


candice August 11, 2014 at 7:49 am

I’d use the hatch chili to make chicken chili.


Tina August 11, 2014 at 7:47 am

I have lot’s of ideas to use hatch chiles


Samara Barnard August 11, 2014 at 3:55 am

They look delicious, I am so much in love with cheese grilled sandwiches and this is a perfect example for them. Thanks for the recipe, will be trying them for sure 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold August 11, 2014 at 4:49 am

They were soooo good!


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