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14 August 2017

This one-pan easy-bake casserole recipe is loaded with the savory flavors of roasted Hatch chile peppers, tomatoes, pork loin, pasta noodles and cheddar cheese. It’s a perfect weeknight meal.

It’s Hatch chile season, my friends, so I hope you are fortunate enough to be cooking with some Hatch peppers. I do not live in New Mexico where the Hatch region resides, but I don’t let that stop me. I order them online and have roasted Hatch peppers delivered to my door.

Don’t get me wrong. I still grow various peppers that are traditionally grown in the Hatch region – I’m partial to Big Jim’s – but there is something special about Hatch peppers that are actually grown and harvested in that region. Like the location of grapes grown for making wine, the areas where chili peppers are grown have a profound effect on the peppers produced, which in turn is noticed in the dishes you make.

Most people will make sauces or stuffed peppers with their Hatch peppers, but I like to add them to practically anything, like this cheesy pork casserole. Talk about#YUM.

Spicy Pork-Hatch Chili Casserole – Recipe

It is filled with pork loin (Iused leftover pork loin, but any cooked pork loin will work here), tomatoes, Hatch peppers, jalapeno and serrano peppers for a bit of extra heat and substance, loads of seasonings, pasta noodles and cheese to top the whole thing off.

You’ll get plenty of roasted pepper flavor in every bit. Casseroles are super easy and convenient for when you need a quick meal. There isn’t a whole lot of cooking here, especially if you’re using leftover pork like I am, though this recipe will work easily with chicken. Cook down your vegetables and seasonings, boil some pasta, cover it with cheese and bake.

It will also work for a make-ahead meal. You can prep it early then cover it and bake it later that evening. Bring it to a party. Everyone will love you!

I hope you enjoy the casserole!

Spicy Pork-Hatch Chili Casserole – Recipe

Where Can You Buy Hatch Chili Peppers? Here are my recommendations.

 

Spicy Pork-Hatch Chili Casserole - Recipe
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Spicy Pork-Hatch Chili Casserole – Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
This one-pan easy-bake casserole recipe is loaded with the savory flavors of roasted Hatch chile peppers, tomatoes, pork loin, pasta noodles and cheddar cheese. It's a perfect weeknight meal.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 368 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 ounces cooked pork loin cubed
  • 1 large white onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper chopped
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 ounces roasted Hatch chili peppers chopped
  • 1 14- ounce can whole tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups uncooked pasta
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar
  • Chopped basil for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan to medium heat. Add the pork, onion, peppers and celery and cook, stirring often, 6-7 minutes, until vegetables are softened.
  2. Add garlic and cook another minute, until you can smell that awesome garlic.
  3. Add the Hatch peppers and tomatoes. Break the tomatoes apart with a spoon.
  4. Add seasonings and stir. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. While you’re cooking, bring a small pot of salted water to boil and add the uncooked pasta. Boil for 10 minutes or so, until al dente, according to your package instructions. Drain and add the noodles to the pan.
  6. Transfer the ingredients to a baking dish and top with shredded cheddar cheese.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  8. Sprinkle with fresh chopped basil and serve.
Recipe Notes

Serves 4

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Pork-Hatch Chili Casserole – Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 368 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 320mg 13%
Potassium 667mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 27%
Vitamin C 45.5%
Calcium 21.8%
Iron 13.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

1 comments

  1. Hi. Recipe sounds awesome. Which vendor do you use for ordering the peppers online?
    Also, if you mixed up the hot sauces with this pepper vs the standard pepper, which hot sauce would you use it for a substitute?

    John

    REPLY: John, I have a link here where you can find resources to buy Hatch peppers. http://www.chilipeppermadness.com/resources/where-to-buy-hatch-chile-peppers. I think Hatch peppers would work with any number of hot sauces, though I would personally prefer to work with red peppers here. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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