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How to Roast Chile Peppers

One of the scents that remind me of my childhood is the warm smoky smell of roasted chile. My grandma roasted chile frequently for her salsa casera (homemade salsa) and I have always loved that smell. When I smell chile roasting and hear it popping and hissing, its as-if I can see my grandma cooking in her kitchen.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 12kcal


  • 4 Green chile peppers Anaheim or Hatch


  • Preheat broiler.
  • Select firm, meaty peppers without wrinkles. Rinse thoroughly to remove dust particles.
  • Place peppers evenly in a single layer on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Pierce each chile with a knife.
  • Place under broiler. Watch them closely as the skin will blister and turn black within minutes. Turn the peppers after 3 to 5 minutes to blister all sides evenly. When done, the pepper skins should be evenly blistered and mostly black.
  • Place roasted peppers in a plastic bag, cover with a wet kitchen towel and when cool, peel off blackened skin. Tear open and pull out the seed pod and stem unless you are making chile rellenos. In which case you will simply remove the stem carefully along with the seeds, leaving the chile intact for stuffing.


My grandma roasted chile on a comal (iron griddle), but my mom roasts chile in the oven broiler. There is no right way or wrong way to roast chile. The flavor is the same. 
Freeze for up to a year. Store the chiles in the freezer for up to a year and thaw in the refrigerator before using. The chiles may be peeled prior to freezing or later, as needed.
You may wish to wear gloves to protect your hands.


Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 5mg