Native to the Americas, Chile Peppers have been consumed by people for at least 7,500 years, and have been cultivated since 4,000 B.C. Chiles were introduced to the West via Christopher Columbus, who mistakenly called them “peppers” because of their spicy hot flavor. More appreciated than understood by American cooks, Chiles represent to many a whole unexplored continent of flavor and complexity that can only be unlocked through practice and experimentation. This is why we have Chile collections called “Chile Pepper Playgrounds” to encourage cooks to try a myriad of chile flavors in their everyday cooking.
Chiles are best known (in some cases notorious) for the intensity of their heat (“pica” in Spanish). This flavor, produced by the chemical capsaicin, is measured by what is known as a Scoville Heat Unit (SHU). Chiles, however, can range from 2 million to zero HSUs, with the most popular chiles (Ancho, Pasilla, and Guajillo) measuring in the comfortable 1,000 – 4,000 SHU range. Even if you don’t generally like things spicy, the herbal, tangy chile flavor coming from Ancho, Bell Peppers, and Paprika will compliment nearly any dish.
How our Chiles stack up:
|Habanero||100,000 – 300,000 SHUs|
|Bird’s Eye||50,000 – 100,000 SHUs|
|Chiltepin||50,000 – 100,000 SHUs|
|Aji Amarillo||30,000 – 50,000 SHUs|
|Cayenne||30,000 – 50,000 SHUs|
|Urfa Biber||30,000 – 50,000 SHUs|
|Calabrian||25,000 – 40,000 SHUs|
|de Arbol||15,000 – 30,000 SHUs|
|Chipotle||2,500 – 8,000 SHUs|
|Jalapeño||2,500 – 8,000 SHUs|
|Aleppo||2,500 – 5,000 SHUs|
|Guajillo||2,500 – 5,000 SHUs|
|Cascabel||1,000 – 3,000 SHUs|
|Pasilla||1,000 – 3,000 SHUs|
|Espelette||400 – 4,000 SHUs|
|New Mexico||800 – 1,400 SHUs|
|Ancho||250 – 2,000 SHUs|
|California||500 – 1,000 SHUs|
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Aji Amarillo Chile Pepper$5.00 – $21.60
Popular in Peruvian & Bolivian cooking. Add to rice before cooking. Mix with minced red onion & vinegar as condiment. Add to root veggies, salsa, stews, seafood dishes & sauces. Rehydrate whole dried peppers in boiling water (~ 20 min) to make paste.
Ancho Chile Pepper$5.50 – $20.00
The Ancho Chile is the dried version of the Poblano Pepper and the most popular dried chile in Mexican cooking. The sweetest of dried peppers, with deep, rich berry flavors, mild bitterness, and mild to medium hotness, Ancho is frequently used as the base flavor of sauce and spice mixes like dry rubs or mole. We stem and partially seed our Anchos by hand before milling to provide the strongest Chile flavors without being overpowered by excessive heat. Try replacing paprika with Ancho Chile Powder in any recipe to bring a fuller, earthier Chile flavor and beckoning for you to take another bite.
Bistro Blend Chile Flakes$7.00 – $22.40
This blend of Central American chile flakes delivers a balanced spectrum of flavor with medium heat, and surprising complexity. Add to olive oil as a dipping blend, replace simple cracked pepper in any recipe to make your meal memorable.
Add to olive oil as a dipping spice, or serve as a finishing spice to be sprinkled on top of pizza or pasta. Replaces cracked red pepper in any recipe.
Calabrian Chile Pepper$8.00 – $25.60
Fiery hot, yet bright, sweet, and with a flavor reminiscent of San Marzano tomatoes, this bewitching chile hits you with an immediate blast of fire, disipating in seconds and beckoning for you to take another bite. Perfect on top of pizza or pastas, or use as a general source of heat in your kitchen.
California Chile Pepper ~ Sweet Anaheim$5.00 – $20.00
Very sweet, with no heat, this Chile is the dried version of fully-ripened Anaheim Chile. Substitute for Paprika or Ancho Chile. Provides additional depth in Chili powders while modulating heat.
Chili Dinner Gift Box$26.00
A simple hearty meal that can be prepared in advance…
Serve this delicious bountiful chili
with a cold veggie platter and
a cool creamy peppercorn dip.
Lovely striped Kraft gift box contains three unique spices ~ Guajillo Chili Blend in our large jar, and Bistro Chili Flakes and Creamy Peppercorn Dressing in our standard jars. Box includes our Garden Chili recipe and the above message, tied with a Local Spicery bow.
de Arbol Chile Pepper$5.00 – $16.50
Popular in wreaths and other decorations because they retain a bright red color after drying, the Chile De Arbol (“tree-like” in Spanish) is named for its long, woody stem. Be sure to wash your hands after handling, since this Chile carries a strong punch.
Use in Salsa and other Southwest and Central American dishes. De Arbol Chiles are a good substitute for Cayenne, bringing a slightly smoky, crisp Chile flavor.