mild to hot, chiles are a fundamental in Southwestern
cuisine. Today more chiles are grown and we devour them
more than any other seasoning. Southwestern recipes often
mix chiles, allowing you to enjoy the diverse tastes
provided. Each chile type has its own distinctive taste.
Southwesterners want the flavor, not just the heat. For
those who prefer the mature tastes go for the slightly
less hot red chiles. For those who want the hotter version
go for green version of the same chile.
The chiles we use in our recipes are those that are easily
are hundreds of varieties of chiles; some even have
similar names, which adds to the confusion. For example,
chile ancho is dried poblano. The same chile
in California is called pasilla. Other problems
stem from differences in soil types and climatic
conditions. All these variables go into creating a wide
range of heat levels.
what�s the difference between CHILI and CHILE? Chili
spelled with an �i,� mixes spices with chile peppers
and meat. Many cooks add beans; however, to the real chili
fanatic, chili is only spices and meat, most often pork.
Chile spelled with an �e,� a specific plant�s fruit.
Types of Chili