Sunday, October 6, 2013

Peeling Chiles

We are coming to the end of the green chile roasting season, so the Abeytas bought one more sack and we sat down to “put them away”.

chile roasting[1]

Now for those unfamiliar with this process, a gunny sack of fresh green chiles are put in a drum which is turned manually or mechanically over a propane flame to char the chiles.


After a good charring the chiles are put in plastic bags to allow the warmed chiles to steam off the skins.  You usually get two grocery bags full from one sack of chile.

Next you put on a pair of disposable gloves and set up a station to work.  You take a couple hands full of chile in a bowl, an empty sack to put the skins and a bowl to put the chiles and start peeling away the charred skins.


Once the chiles are all peeled you measure the amount you want into pint sized baggies that have been dated, squeeze out the air and line them up to be put in gallon sized freezer bag and frozen.


For dinner Roberta made chicken, beef and shrimp fajitas, so everyone had their choice.  Here’s my plate with shrimp fajita with lots of sautéed mushrooms, onions and red peppers, fried potatoes and the yummy fresh green chiles with avocado.  Yes, those are Roberta’s homemade flour tortillas.


While we stay with the Abeyta’s we pretty much have green chile and homemade tortillas with every meal.  It is such a treat!!!!!

Remember, you are loved.


  1. that may just be the prettiest header photo I have even seen, why I could almost taste it!!!

  2. I got a kick out of your comment, heyduke50. It's the smell of chile roasting that gets to me!!!! I immediately want to find a cheeseburger to put that chile on.

  3. I, too, love the smell. When we bring them home the car smells wonderful. Sometimes we stop and slap a couple on a tortilla and munch down before we even got a block or so. I always cut the end off and deseed them before I freeze them... have found that most folks I know just put them in bags in the freezer... sometimes peel them and put them in bags... but am I the odd one for wanting them deseeded and ready to serve?

  4. Would you look at that?!? That plate your supper is on is the same as mine!

  5. Howdy lucky people,
    Do the Abeyta's have room for a tio viejo?? I'd love to live with them and eat fresh home-made tortillas & roasted chiles verde, each meal !!! I'd even help peel the chiles !!! Y'all are so blessed to have such good friends as them...
    Which way are y'all going from there?? If you come this way, please, stop in; we're between Mew Nexico & Loozanna, have parking-room aplenty and it's FREE....
    Hope this is a HAPPY DAY for all y'all !!!
    Remember y'all are too, also !!!!!!!!!
    tio butterbean

    1. Unfortunately, Butterbean, we will be driving to Amarillo and then into OKC to visit a few of our camper friends and then meeting The Mossmans on the border of OK and TX. One of these days though...maybe when we come back through in the spring.

  6. that is a beautiful looking plate of food!


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