New Mexico Chiles (Capsicum Annuum) are dark brownish - maroon in color, about 5 to 7 high and 1-1/2 wide. New Mexico Chiles are elongated, tapered, and the dried form of the Red Anaheim Pepper. This chile has a thin flesh with an earthy chile flavor and undertones of wild cherries. This chile ranges from 2 - 4 on a heat scale of 1 to 10. The New Mexico Chile may be referred to as the California Chile or Chile Colorado. New Mexico Chiles are commonly used in Red Mexican or Southwestern sauces and is grown in Mexico. This mildly hot chile also comes in a 100 pure powdered form and is used to make Ristras. Scoville heat units 8,000 - 12,000. |
New Mexico Chiles are mildly hot and very popular in Southwest cooking. Great in sauces, salsa, rice dishes, stews and soups. Add directly to the cooking liquid along with other spices. Use in stir fry, or add to chicken or fish marinades.