Chiles - Information and Spice Variations

Chili peppers are indigenous to the New World. Native cuisine used them to add heat and flavor to food. European explorers (who called pretty much every new spice "pepper") spread chiles to Europe and Asia, where they were soon integrated into many ethnic cuisines.
There are as many kinds of chili pepper as places they're grown, from the mildest paprika pepper to the fiery hot habenero. Heat levels are ranked on the Scoville scale. The crushed red chili flakes used as pizza topping rank between 20,000 and 40,000; richly flavorful ancho goes as low as 1000 Scoville units, and habenero burns out at 200,000.

The Spice House carries a range of whole and ground dried chilis, from mild ancho to fiery jalapeno and habenero.

Aleppo Pepper

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Aleppo chili pepper comes to us from southern Turkey, near the Syrian town of Aleppo, which is considered one of the culinary meccas of the Mediterra…

Bell Peppers, Red or Green Dehydrated Diced Pieces

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Bell Peppers are very sweet and colorful, with a concentrated flavor. It takes 10 pounds of fresh raw bell peppers to make one pound of these dehydr…

Cayenne Pepper

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Cayenne pepper is our hottest ground red pepper, this cayenne clocks in at 40,000 scoville heat units (HOT!). In early American cooking, cayenne p…

Ancho Chile Peppers, Whole or Ground

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Ancho peppers are the dried version of Poblano, or "people" peppers. Their flavor is somewhat sweet and somewhat raisin-like, with medium heat. The o…

Ghost Peppers, Bhut Jolokia Hot Chiles

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Known by several names, including Bhut Jolokia, Naga Jolokia, and poison pepper, these fiery chilies are best known in the West as Ghost Peppers. Th…

Guajillo Chile Peppers, Whole or Ground

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Guajillo chile peppers are very common to Mexican cooking. To quote our local chile expert, Rick Bayless, "These are workhorse chiles with a lot of …

Habanero Chile Peppers, Whole Or Ground

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Prior to the discovery of the "ghost" pepper, Habanero peppers were our hottest chiles. While they won't scorch you quite as much as ghost pepper, th…

Jalapeno Chile Peppers, Diced Pieces Or Ground

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Jalapeno peppers are probably the most popular of the chile pepper family, due to its flavorful heat. Our diced jalapeno has most of the hot inner s…

Mulato Dried Chili Peppers

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Poblano peppers left to ripen to a rich brown color before being dried produce this member of the “holy trinity” of chiles (along with ancho and…

New Mexican "Anaheim" Chile Peppers, Whole Or Ground

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New Mexican chile pepper pods have a marvelous sweet, pungent, earthy flavor which you might find quite addicting. These chiles are also known as Ca…

Pasilla Negro Chile Peppers

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Pasilla chiles have a long, purple pod similar to ancho chile peppers. Pasillas are one of the most popular chiles. Pasilla teams with ancho and mul…

Scorpion Peppers, Trinidad Moruga

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Meet the new record holder for World’s Hottest Pepper – this fiery morsel averages a mind-blowing 1.2 million Scoville Heat Units, with some pepp…

Tien Tsin Chinese Hot Red Chile Peppers

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Tien Tsin chile peppers are named after the province of China in which they are harvested. These chile peppers fall under the category of "exotics,"…

Chile de Arbol Peppers

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Chile De Arbol Peppers are named in reference to the woody stems attached to the pod. The Spanish translation of the name means "treelike." These b…

Chipotle Peppers

Chipotle (chip-oat-lay) peppers are smoked, dried Jalapeño chiles. The Spice House offers two varieties of dried Chipotle chiles: Morita and Meco. …

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

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Our Crushed Red Pepper Flakes are medium hot, but not overwhelming, and add a nice chile flavor to any dish. Approximately 20,000 heat units, these …

New Mexican Green Chile Powder

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This is the rare green chile famous throughout New Mexico! The green chile is picked early in its ripening stage to preserve its green color. It is a…

Green Harissa - Traditional Moroccan Green Pepper Sauce

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Harissa is used as an everyday condiment in Morocco and North African, added to dishes from breads to eggs to grilled meats. This green harissa is ma…

Harissa

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Harissa is a common North African condiment made from chilies, oil, garlic, and spices. This traditional harissa is made on the Mahjoub family estat…

Cayenne Red Pepper, Organic

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In older Spice Trade definitions, when a pepper was unusually hot, it was given the name "cayenne" whether or not it actually was grown in the Cayenn…

Paprika

Paprika is far more than a dusting of color on top of potato salads and deviled eggs. Fresh paprika has the full flavor of the peppers it was ground…

Urfa Biber Turkish Chile Pepper

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Commonly called for in Turkish cooking, urfa biber is a rich, fruity crushed pepper that’s delicious in all kinds of dishes. It’s got a little ki…

Vulcan's Fire Salt

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This hot salt is so terrific, we decided to name it in honor of the Roman god of fire, Vulcan. As the name implies, Vulcan's Fire Salt is designed …