Peppers

Looking to learn more about different types of chili peppers? Enjoy our list of all our favorite peppers organized by the level of spiciness. Click through to learn more about each variety including an overview, spiciness range (SHU), scientific classification, taste, uses, and how and where to buy them in different forms.

 

Pasilla Peppers

Pasilla Peppers

Pasilla peppers are what you get when you dry the chilaca pepper, a mild, darkly colored pepper common in Mexican cuisine. The name pasilla means “little raisin”, and is given due to the wrinkled and dry appearance, similar to a purple grape rasin. They are also sometimes referred to as “chile negro”, which translates to…

Madame Jeanette Pepper

Madame Jeanette Pepper

Madame Jeanette peppers hail from Suriname, a small country in South America. They look like small, elongated bell peppers, and ripen to be a bright yellow color. The Madame Jeanette pepper is said to have been named after a Brazilian sex worker (a neighboring country to Suriname). Taste Madame Jeanette peppers are on par with…

Mad Hatter Pepper

Mad Hatter Pepper

Mad hatter peppers originated in South America, and are popular in Bolivian and Peruvian cuisine. It is a hybrid of the Bishop’s Crown pepper bred to be resistant to disease and insects and to be more prolific. In 2017 it won the All-America Selection Award (AAS), meaning that it was rigorously tested and shown to…

Jalapeño Pepper

Jalapeño Pepper

The jalapeño pepper is the #1 most popular hot pepper in the United States, Mexico, and beyond. It originated in Mexico but is widely produced in the US (California, New Mexico, and Texas) — with more than 460 million pounds produced in 2014. Jalapeños tend to be 2-3.5 inches long, but can grow to be…

Hungarian Wax Pepper

Hungarian Wax Pepper

Hungarian wax peppers notably range from almost undetectably spicy (1,500 SHU) to pretty dang hot (10,000 SHU). They mature to be around 8″ long, but are usually picked to be eaten before they are fully mature, at around 5-6″. The peppers turn red and become considerably spicier as they mature further. Wax peppers get their…

Guajillo Chili Pepper

Guajillo Chili Pepper

The culinary world is brimming with spices that add depth, flavor, and character to dishes. Among them, the guajillo chili is revered, especially in Mexican cuisine. A dried form of the Mirasol chili, guajillo peppers are not just a flavor enhancer; they represent a rich tapestry of history, culture, and tradition. What are guajillo chilis? …

Chipotle Morita

Chipotle Morita

A staple in Mexican cuisine, chipotle Morita peppers are derived from smoked and dried jalapeños. Their unique flavor profile sets them apart from other types of chilis. Read on to learn what makes this pepper so unique. What is a chipotle Morita pepper? A chipotle Morita pepper, often simply referred to as a Morita, is…