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#HatchAtHome Cooking Contest – Over $5,000 in prizes!

What can you make with Hatch Chiles? Show us and you could win big in the #HatchAtHome contest!

Chefs in the continental 48 US States: Make a dish featuring hatch chiles and compete for the chance to win from more than $5,000 worth of prizes.

If selected to receive a free sample, you will be shipped Hatch Chiles from Melissa’s Produce, and will be expected to use it in the creation of a dish showcasing the beauty  & quality of this incredible product alongside your culinary talents and inspiration. In order to enter, you will be required to post a hi-res, high-quality photo or video of your dish onto a public Instagram or Twitter account, using #HatchAtHome.

NOTE: Sample quantities are limited, but you will still be permitted to enter even if not provided with free samples- by cooking with Hatch Chiles that you purchase!

Once the entry deadline has been reached, Melissa’s will randomly select the prize winners!





First Prize

2nd Prize

3rd Prize

Participation Prize (x5)

5 additional competitors will win:

Contest Timeline

1. Registration – August 10 – 17 | Fill out the form for a chance to compete!
2. Selection & Shipping – August 18 – 20 | Melissa’s will select competitors to receive free samples. You can still compete even if you don’t receive free samples!
3. Submissions – August 21 – August 31 | Create your dish and post a photo or video on social media using #HatchAtHome
4. Winner Announcement – September 1



Hatch Chile Inspiration:

What’s So Great About Hatch?

It’s no secret why everyone is obsessed with Hatch Peppers. Named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico, authentic Hatch Peppers are truly a Southwestern favorite. No other pepper is prized more than this variety which grows in the Hatch Valley, just north of Las Cruces. The valley, which stretches along the Rio Grande’s southern-most bend before crossing into Texas and Mexico, is covered with row after row of these green leafy pepper plants for most of the summer. Chefs say that the intense sunlight and cool nights in this valley result in a uniquely flavored pepper that’s unrivaled by any other.

Hatch Peppers have a meaty flesh with heat that varies depending on the variety, making them ideal for use in Chile Con Queso, Chile Rellenos, and Chile Verde. But it doesn’t just stop there. You can also try roasting and using them in salads, soups, stews, dips, and sandwiches. For even more great ideas on how to use this incredible chile, purchase a copy of Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook.