Feeling a little CHILI today?

January 4 – If you’re feeling winter’s bite, maybe it’s time for some slow-cooked chili.  Spice up your chili with organic chili peppers from Wild Oats Market – we have organic poblano, jalapeno, hot cherry, serrano, and red bell peppers, all for $6.99/lb while our supplies last.

Hot peppers, also called chile peppers, contain varying degrees of capsaicin, the chemical compound that puts the heat in the hot pepper. (Bell peppers have a recessive gene that eliminates the capsaicin, so they’re never spicy.) The smaller the pepper, the greater the heat. Here’s a quick guide to some popular peppers:

  • Poblano – Mild; when dried, they’re known as Ancho chile peppers.
  • Anaheim – Mild; named after Anaheim, California where it was first planted.
  • Serrano – Pretty hot. Once mature, they may be green, brown, orange, yellow or red.
  • Jalapeños – Mild to medium/hot, they’re popular in the US Southwest.
  • Hot Cherry – Moderately hot, named for its cherry-like shape. Harvested as either a green or more mature red-colored pepper.
  • Thai – Super hot! Called Bird’s Eye Peppers, these are popular in Southeast Asian cooking.
  • Habanero – From the Amazon; hot, hot, hot!
  • Scotch Bonnet – Akin to Habanero, so proceed with caution! Popular in African, Haitian, and Jamaican cuisine.

Organic avocados are also currently on sale in our Product Dept. For a spicier guacamole, try adding chili peppers:

Oaxan Guacamole Recipe:
  • 4 avocados, mashed
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 3 garlic cloves, freshly pressed
  • 5 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced
Mix avocado with lime juice and then stir in garlic, onions, cilantro and jalapeños.