Instead of reaching for that container of onion dip at the store, try this clever and exciting fresh homemade Hatch Green Chile Dip. A creamy dip with Greek yogurt, mayonnaise and cream cheese. Spicy with Chimayo chile powder and Hatch green chili peppers. Grab a blue corn chip and take a dip in this Southwestern appetizer recipe.
We’ve finally turned up the heat here in Colorado. Summer is here and we’re having our first 90 degree temps, so how about turning up the heat for a fabulous little appetizer recipe for Hatch Green Chile Dip?
It’s creamy, it’s easy to make and it brings some “just right spicy” heat to any party.
Dips should be easy to make, effortless and all about good times. This creamy dip fits perfectly into that category. This is a make ahead dip appetizer that travels well. A perfect choice for your next gathering. Let’s take a look.
Ingredients in Hatch Green Chile Dip
Luscious and velvety with cream cheese, yogurt and mayo, the dip is spiced up with lots of chopped Hatch Green Chile and New Mexico Red Chile Powder. And if you can find New Mexico Chimayo Chile Powder, that’s even better.
A note about Chimayo Chile powder. The good news: It’s hard to find. And there is nothing like this unique product. The color is a rich orange-red. And the flavor is outstanding. It’s just-right spicy, with a heat that melts over your tongue with an unforgettable warmth.
It’s a powder produced from chile grown in Chimayo, New Mexico .
It is distributed by the Chimayo Chile Project, an organization dedicated to preserving the strain of chile and keeping the cultural assets alive in the historic town of Chimayo. A particular strain of chile that may have been brought here by Spaniards in the 1500s, it almost became extinct a few years ago.
I always purchase it from the Trading Post that is near the famous church Santuario de Chimayo.
The bad news: Buyer beware, I’ve even been told that red chile powders can be labeled as Chimayo…even though not authentic. I enjoyed reading this article from Eating Well after I purchased my Chimayo from a Hatch roasting stand last Fall. Authentic? Guess I’ll never know unless I drive to Chimayo and buy it there.
With all that said, Ancho chile powder will work for this.
The rest of the ingredients are common ingredients that can easily be found . Here’s why this green chile dip is so creamy and luscious.
- Roasted Green Chile Peppers: We’re lucky to share borders with the New Mexico which is famous for its Hatch Chile Peppers. Late Summer and early Fall we can find chile roasters selling roasted peppers. If you can’t find fresh roasted peppers, you can purchase them shipped to your door from on-line vendors such as the Hatch Chile Store. And don’t forget to check your local grocery frozen section. You might find frozen roasted chile peppers.
- Cream Cheese: Mild and sweet with a pleasant tang, smooth and creamy, it takes this Hatch Chile Dip over the top.
- Plain Greek Yogurt: Thick, creamy and velvety in texture, yogurt makes this dip very dipable.
- Mayonnaise: Brings one more rich thick and creamy element to this dip.
- Onion Powder: An essential flavoring for savory dishes, onion powder is such an easy way to bring that sharp onion flavor to this recipe.
- Fresh Chopped Garlic: I prefer fresh garlic over garlic powder due to the pure garlic flavor. Chopping garlic can be somewhat chore, especially to get the pieces small enough to distribute the flavor in a dish like this dip. Tip: use a small chopper to grind/chop that garlic. Just a few pulses and you’ve got small pieces mix into this dip.
This creamy dip pairs perfectly with some blue corn tortilla chips. Blue corn chips are less starchy than yellow or white corn chips, which makes them more filling. They’re also a bit sweeter in flavor and I always find them sturdier. If you’ve never grabbed a bag, give them a try.
Hatch Green Chile Dip Recipe
I hope you give this easy New Mexico Appetizer recipe a try. And if you do, please come back and give the recipe a star rating. And leave a comment about your experience with the recipe.
And if you have a favorite Hatch Chile Appetizer recipe, let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
More Mexican Dip Appetizer Recipes
- Chipotle Black Bean Corn Salsa
- Jalapeno Artichoke Cheese Dip
- Hatch Chile Spicy Hummus Dip
- Mexican Street Corn Dip
- Queso Fundido al Tequila
And if you’re looking for more appetizer recipe ideas, don’t miss my Appetizer Category. You find lots of fun small bite recipe ideas, including the most popular on my site for Blue Cheese Pear Crostini. Check it out.
Hatch Green Chile Dip
- 5 Roasted Hatch Green Chile some skin, and seeds removed with your hands and chile’s chopped
- 8 ounces Cream Cheese room temperature
- 1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
- 1 clove Garlic large clove, fine diced
- 1/2 teaspoon Chamayo Chile Powder or Ancho Chile Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- With a fork, blend cream cheese, yogurt and mayonnaise until smooth. Add garlic, Ancho chile powder, onion powder and Hatch Green chile and mix well. Save a teaspoon of the Hatch green chile for garnish. Taste and adjust seasonings. I added more Ancho chile powder to make it spicier.
- Refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle with a pinch of ancho chile powder and serve with tortilla chips.
Hatch Chile Dip …It’s what’s for an Appetizer.