Next to Christmas this is probably my favorite time of the year. Reason number one, it’s peach season and I can’t get enough of them. Reason number two it’s Hatch green chile season. I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate two of my favorite things this time of year by combining them into the most flavorful, sweet, spicy, delicious salsa you’ve ever tasted, Peach Green Chile Corn Salsa!
Let’s start with the peaches. I think my infatuation with peaches started when I was a kid. I can remember going to farms to pick bags full of them. We would of course eat them fresh, or freeze them for smoothies and peach milkshakes, can them for sweet homemade jam, or even better throw them in a homemade pie. Is there anything better than a fresh peach pie this time of year? Yeah I didn’t think so! I think it’s sad that the number of farms that let you come pick your own peaches has become so limited. There is something really special about going and picking your produce. It always makes me feel more connected to what I’m eating the same way gardening does, and less likely to waste it.
Along with sweet juicy peaches comes the second element in this salsa that I adore, Hatch green chiles. Have you ever smelled or better yet tasted a freshly roasted Hatch green chile? If you haven’t you’re missing out and need to find a way to have one. Our local Whole Foods here in Colorado as well as our farmers market brings out the big roasters this time of year and on the weekends roasts tons of these delicious peppers. The smell that they give off is incredible and immediately leaves me craving Mexican food. They vary in heat anywhere from mild to very spicy. The batch I purchased this past weekend ended up being a little spicier than I was expecting, but hey that’s fine with me, I love a spicy chile pepper, plus it’s fun to watch my husband’s eyes start to water. So those are the two shining stars of this Peach Green Chile Corn Salsa, but it’s the combination of those two stars with the other ingredients that left me shoveling this salsa in my mouth with a spoon.
I had a sweet and spicy element in my salsa, but not much texture. To give this salsa some bite I grilled a couple ears of fresh corn and diced up some red onion. This added some nice crunch along with that delicious smokey grill flavor to the salsa. Being a cilantro lover, I of course had to add that in along with some lime juice for acidity and freshness. The combination of all these flavors was an explosion of fresh, sweet, spicy flavors in my mouth. After I inhaled half of the salsa with a spoon I decided I better calm down and save the rest for dinner. We had it on top of some grilled chicken, but it would also be great on tacos, fajitas, or even a quesadilla. However you decide to eat this Peach Green Chile Salsa is up to you, and if you are like me and sneak away with a bowl and a your spoon and go hide in the closet eating it like it’s a bowl of soup, I won’t judge you. Enjoy!