Special thanks to The Hatch Chile Store for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Hatch Green Chile Cheeseburger soup is hands down one of the most delicious soups I have ever created. AND, after some recipe testing, I figured out which type of melty cheese tastes the best in this soup which I’ll share below!
What is Hatch Green Chile?
Authentic Hatch green chile (In New Mexico chili peppers are spelled with an ‘e’) are chile peppers only grown in the state of New Mexico along the Rio Grande river in the Hatch valley. The unique climate conditions and soil composition come together to grow the world’s best-tasting chile peppers.
Its popularity outside the state has grown tremendously over the last 30 or so years and in 2016 Hatch chile was finally trademarked, making it illegal for chile grown outside the valley to be labeled as “Hatch” chile.
Green Chile Cheeseburgers have to be one of the most popular ways to eat green chile in New Mexico; you can order them at any Mcdonald’s, and they’re always featured in those “burgers around the USA” specials on TV and various other blogs.
An Excellent Hatch Chile Recipe
Cheeseburger soup has been a smash hit recipe floating around the internet for the last few years. Since it’s the dead of winter right now and hot soup sounds amazing, I thought I’d create a knock-your-socks-off delicious Hatch Green Chile Cheeseburger Soup full of authentic roasted Hatch Green Chile!
I did not roast the chile myself this time but instead chose to order frozen roasted chile online from The Hatch Chile Store. They ship whole fresh chiles (when in season) or frozen chile to your door in just a couple of days! It’s a truly amazing service that will deliver REAL Hatch chile to your door. When you make Hatch Green Chile Cheeseburger Soup, you will want to use real Hatch Chile. The flavor is just unbeatable!
My personal favorite product from The Hatch Chile Store: a mix of roasted red AND green mild chile because it gives my recipes an extra depth of flavor and the colors are beautiful too! It’s the chile I used in these photos and I would recommend it to anyone, sponsored or not sponsored. It is an excellent product and I love love, love the taste.
In New Mexico, folks use roasted green chile in hundreds of recipes, ranging from Green Chile Apple Pie to Green Chile ice cream. Arguably the most popular way to eat it is stuffed into a cheeseburger. (Okay, so that’s my favorite way anyway…) So if you don’t have a grill handy, just make Hatch Green Chile Cheeseburger Soup instead!
Should I use processed cheese or real cheese when making cheesy soup?
After taste-testing multiple variants of the ‘Cheeseburger soup recipe’ that I found on the web, it was clear that freshly grated cheddar cheese works best with all cheesy soups and in turn, was perfect for my new Hatch Green Chile Cheeseburger Soup.
Freshly grated cheddar cheese melted into the soup base smoothly and gave it a lovely cheesy tang- the perfect complement to the savory beef, smoky bacon, and bite of green chile. The processed cheese (you know, the kind that comes in a yellow box and rimes with ‘Rita’), did melt in smoothly but the taste was simply overpowering. All I tasted was processed cheese in every bite.
How to make One-Pot Hatch Green Chile Cheeseburger Soup
All the cheeseburger soup recipes that I found used multiple pots and pans to create the final product. Hello! It’s 2021 and people want one-pot meals (at least I do), so I streamlined this recipe to be made entirely in one pot and boosted the flavor as well. Your welcome hehe ;0)
The first step is to (of course) prep your ingredients! I can’t harp on this enough. You will enjoy the process of cooking something wonderful when you’re not stressing over ingredient prep during cooking!
Step one: We’ll start to build flavor in this pot by browning the ground beef first. Remove it and drain the beef fat. The reason we need to set it aside, for now, is that it would become bland and tough if it was left in the pot to simmer with the other ingredients.
Step two: Now brown chopped bacon into crispy bits in your pot. Remove the bacon and set it aside on some paper towels. This will be our garnish to sprinkle over the top of the soup. Leave two tablespoons of bacon grease in the pot and remove any excess.
Step three: we add our vegetables to the bacon grease and sauté until soft. Okay, at this point I bet you’re thinking, “I never put celery, carrot, or potato on my cheeseburgers!” And rightly so. But this is a soup; these vegetables totally belong there and will all taste perfectly delicious in the end. Trust me.
See the brown bits of food stuck to the bottom (or ‘fond’ as the French like to call it)? That is glorious flavor my friends, and we will take full advantage of it by incorporating it into our soup.
Step four: Add garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and a dash of liquid smoke. This step right here is what gives this soup a real cheeseburger taste! Then slowly add broth to the pot and scrape up all the brown bits off the bottom. Then stir in the milk and potatoes. Simmer the potatoes until soft.
Step five: Stir in the grated cheese, reserved hamburger, and roasted green chile until smooth. Dish up and sprinkle each bowl with bacon. Enjoy all the flavors of a green chile cheeseburger in a soup!
NOTE: This cheeseburger soup recipe can be made in a crockpot as well. Instructions are in the recipe notes below.
I have to share, I LOVED opening my box of chile when it arrived from The Hatch Chile Store! The box came with special insulation and a block of dry ice to keep all the chile packets nicely frozen. I saved myself a ton of work (and time) by ordering my authentic Hatch Chile online, and you should too! AND since they offer so many options, I purchased MY perfect chile. It tastes just as if I had roasted it yesterday myself. Fresh and delicious!
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