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15 Creative Ways to Use Salsa

One of the most popular uses of peppers has to be in the preparation of salsa.  Families have their trademark recipes and there are so many different varieties that you can make depending on the levels of peppers, tomatoes and other ingredients. It is a taste free for all.  With so many different uses for salsa, we thought we would share our top 15 or more uses so next time you which up a gallon of your favorite salsa, you might try it in a few new ways.  This is especially good for those watching your weight. Salsa is a … Continue Reading

How to Use Fresh Peppers in an Asian Stir-Fry

The two most common types of fresh peppers you will find in an Asian stir-fry are the sweet green pepper and the hot chili pepper. When selecting fresh peppers for a stir-fry you want to select peppers that are free of blemishes and look for peppers that have a firm (not wrinkled) skin. When handling chili peppers make sure you protect your hands by wearing vinyl gloves.

To make an Asian Stir-Fry dish you really don’t need a recipe. You simply need a wok, some vegetable or olive oil, freshly chopped vegetables, chopped meat and some sauce or marinade. Stir-Fry’s are … Continue Reading

Peppers Are Not Just For Lunch & Dinner

If you love peppers, then you know that peppers are not just for lunch and dinner. They can be enjoyed for snacks and for breakfast too!  Here are some thoughts on how to expand your enjoyment with peppers.

When it comes to using peppers in breakfast dishes, the two you will probably use the most are the green, yellow or red bell pepper and the hot spicy red chili pepper. If you like a sweet and mild pepper taste, use the bell pepper and if you want a spicy kick to your dish then use red chili peppers.

Breakfast: Peppers are wonderful … Continue Reading

What is Paprika?

Did you know that Paprika is made from peppers?  It actually is from bell peppers or chili peppers and ground into a powder that we know as Paprika.  Paprika, and the Capsicum from the pepper, is unusually rich in vitamin C.   After it is ground, a lot of the vitamin C content is retained in the paprika; it contains more vitamin C by weight than lemon juice. Paprika, as with other peppers, is also high in other antioxidants.  Of course you would have to ingest a lot of paprika to retract all of the nutrients, but overall it is a … Continue Reading

Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

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Chili Powder and Chile Powder – What is the Difference?

I don’t know about you but sometimes when cooking there will be a reference to chili powder and chile powder. Questions come up often on what is the difference between these two chilis.  So here is a bit of reference to the difference between the chili’s and the chile’s.

In most cookbooks and recipes, plenty of references are made for using chili powder.  This is a traditional spice that can be found in your spice section produced many major manufacturers.  It consists of a blend of various chili peppers, cumin, oregano, salt and dehydrated garlic.  It isn’t a true chili powder … Continue Reading

Remedies for the Hot Pepper Afterburn

We love our peppers but sometimes even the best of us get that burning sensation after eating a super hot pepper dish or whole pepper. Our mouth and throat is on fire! Our face gets red and we start to sweat!!  There may be help for you! Here are a few remedies that can help cool down that afterburn going on inside.

* Drink Milk: If the heat is too much for you to stand try drinking a full glass of cow’s milk. (whole milk works best).

* Eat Ice Cream or Yogurt: Eating ice cream or yogurt after eating peppers may … Continue Reading

Using Chili Peppers in Thai Cooking

The chili pepper is one of the most, if not the most, popular type of pepper used in Thai cooking. There is a large variety of chili peppers used in Thai cooking and each variety is used for a different reason or in a particular dish. The most popular of these peppers is the “prig kee nu” (Thai Chili Pepper) which is the shortest of the chili peppers (about 1″ in length) and comes in red and green colors. It is considered to be one of the hottest chili peppers used in Thai cooking.

When it comes to using the “prig … Continue Reading

Hot Pepper Chart – Scoville Scale for Peppers

The Scoville scale is a measurement of the spicy heat (or piquance) of a chili pepper. It is named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville. His method, devised in 1912, is known as the Scoville Organoleptic Test. The number of Scoville heat units (SHU) in a particular pepper indicates the amount of capsaicin present. What is Capsaicin? It is a chemical compound that stimulates chemoreceptor nerve endings in the skin, especially the mucous membranes.   Have you ever eaten a really hot pepper and all of a sudden your nose starts running and your eyes tears up?  Well that is … Continue Reading

How to Purchase and Store Chili Peppers

Chili Peppers (also known as Chile Peppers) are a mild to hot pepper depending on which variety you purchase.

When purchasing fresh chili peppers from your local grocery store or farmer’s market you want to look for ones that are firm to the touch, no blemishes to their skin and ones that are non-wrinkled. Once their skin wrinkles their flavor and texture has changed. You will want to use them as soon as possible or store them inside a paper bag (not a plastic produce bag) inside your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. When you remove them from the refrigerator … Continue Reading

4 Tips for Removing Pepper Odors from Hands and Surfaces

The hardest thing about working with peppers is dealing with the spicy oils and the odors.  They get on your hands and your cutting boards and other surfaces and they can be difficult to get rid of sometimes depending on how strong the pepper is you are working with.  Here are 4 tips on methods you can use to clean up and remove those odors after preparing your peppers.

Tip #1: To remove pepper odors and oils from your cutting boards you can try using a solution of 3 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with 1/2 cup of water. Place solution … Continue Reading

How to Roast Your Own Homegrown Peppers

So many people are turning to growing their own healthy, organic foods as much as possible these days.  Peppers are a great item to grow, but after the harvest, preparing and preserving those peppers can be a challenge for some.  Here is a great way to roast your own homegrown peppers.

For any of the available peppers that you have chosen to grow be it bells, red chilis, jalenenos, there is a simple way to roast your peppers without the mess and cleanup.  First make sure you pick your veggies when they are firm and not soft.  Overly ripe will make … Continue Reading

Selecting the Right Hot Pepper for Your Dish

With so many different types of hot peppers available, it is easy to become overwhelmed when selecting the right pepper for your dish.  Here is a brief summary of a few of the different types of peppers you will see in the stores and what peppers have traditionally worked well in dishes.

Anaheim Chilis are a long green pepper when they are growing, but when mature they turn red.  Often these peppers are used in a Mexican chili verde sauce when green and a chili colorado sauce when red.  These peppers are mild and work well in dishes like stuffed peppers, … Continue Reading

Adding Peppers into Your Diet for Increased Health Benefits

Increase Your Health by Eating Peppers
Researchers have found that adding peppers into your diet can bring you many added health benefits.  Peppers come in sweet or spicy and either type you like, there are great health benefits to them all.  First and foremost are the antioxidants that peppers are known for.  Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals which can harm our cells.  Reduction of these pesky free radicals means that you can reduce or prevent certain diseases.  The more colorful foods, including peppers, you have in your diet, the better your body can prevent illness from occurring.

Using peppers in your diet … Continue Reading

Drying Your Chili Peppers for Future Use

If you have ever traveled to New Mexico or Arizona I am sure that you have seen the big strings of Chili Peppers hanging in restaurant or in kitchens around the area.  This is not only for decorative use, but it is also a method of preserving your chili peppers for future use by drying them.  It is something that you can do as well should you have a bountiful harvest and want to save some for another time.

The first thing to do to start drying them is to clean them thoroughly. Use thick string to hang the peppers from … Continue Reading

Top 25 World’s Hottest Hot Sauces


Top 25 List of Hottest Hot Sauces
InsaneChicken.com is proud to present to you a list of the top 25 worlds hottest hot sauces for 2012 still in production. There have been other that have come and gone that have been hotter as you can see in the list of hottest hot sauces ever created.

We have all of the sauces in RED in stock but beware these are brutally hot.

 

Hot Sauce … Continue Reading

Chipotle BBQ Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 1 head or roated and chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup chipotle pureed peppers in adobo
  • 1 1/2  botles ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • salt to taste

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Health Benefits of Peppers

We have been told since we were in school, and definitely from our moms, to eat our veggies and the more colorful the veggie, the better it is for us.  Well, I guess mom was right.  Peppers come in a huge variety of colors and you can get them from mild to fiery, smoking hot.  The health benefit of the pepper is huge.  Here is a bit of information on just how healthy they can be for you.

I bet you didn’t know that peppers are packed with nutrients.  They’re one of the richest sources of vitamins A and C, the … Continue Reading

Hottest Hot Sauce – Scoville Scale for Worlds Hottest Hot Sauces

People are constantly asking what are the world’s hottest hot sauces for 2012 so we put together the list of the hottest hot sauces ever created. If you are a hot sauce lover then chances are you have heard of the Scoville scale and know how it is used.  But for the newcomers to the love of hot sauce, it is interesting to note how hot sauces are rated and how hot they really can get.

The Scoville scale is a measurement of the spicy heat (or piquance) of a chili pepper. It is named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville. His method, devised in 1912, is known as the Scoville Organoleptic Test. The number of Scoville heat units (SHU) in a particular pepper indicates the amount of capsaicin present. What is Capsaicin? It is a chemical compound that stimulates chemoreceptor nerve endings in the skin, especially the mucous membranes.   Continue Reading

Mexican Tinga Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into rings
  • 1 (15 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (7 ounce) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, or to taste
  • 2 pounds shredded cooked chicken meat
  • 16 tostada shells
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions; cook and stir until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, puree the tomatoes with chipotle peppers and adobo sauce to taste. Pour into the onions, and add chicken. Cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. To serve, mound the chicken onto tostada shells, and garnish with a dollop of sour cream.

 

Review of Bear Claw Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Hello Fellow Spice Addicts!
Life is good on the west coast! For just a moment, the sun was shinning and the temperature was inching up-FINALLY! Spring was on the horizon. But alas, winter reared its ugly head and the cold, damp rain is back with a vengeance.  So I was passing through a cold, damp Sunday afternoon, when something outside my window caught my eye.  Our family cat had decided to convey to me in not too many words, that if I was not going to put the grill into action then she was. For those that are animal lovers out … Continue Reading

Coffee and Smoky Chili BBQ Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, chopped
  • 1 cup strong coffee, brewed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer until thick, about 20 minutes.
  2. Refrigerate the sauce in an airtight container for up to one week.

Texas Longhorn Smoked Chipotle Barbecue Sauce Review

Texas Longhorn Smoked Chipotle Barbecue Sauce – Hands down, this is one of the finest barbecue sauces you can slap on your meat. Excellent label, with a set of longhorns and a chili pepper, but labels alone won’t do it. I’m serious about my barbecue, and this is one of those sauces that gives you something to be serious about.

Tomato paste, sugar, honey, vinegar, a beautiful chipotle puree that gives this sauce its personality, onions, salt, smoke flavoring, worcestershire sauce, molasses, corn syrup, tamarind, anchovies, green pepper, olive oil, and assorted spices. Continue Reading

Bear Claw Chipotle BBQ Sauce Review

Bear Claw Chipotle Barbecue Sauce – This sauce has a deep, reddish-brown color and an exceptional pour quality. It lays perfectly over any meat you use it on and cooks to a nice and thick consistency, allowing its flavor to stay with the meat and compliment every bite.

Any sauce made with chipotle stands a chance of being good. The smoked peppers give it a taste that suits barbecue well. In addition to the chipotle peppers in Bear Claw, there’s a tomato sauce base with sugar, worcestershire sauce, salt, crushed pineapple, pineapple juice, and some bell peppers. None of these ingredients, including the pineapples, take away from the wonderful smoky taste of the chipotles, which remain the key flavor personality throughout. Continue Reading

Smoky Iguana Chipotle Pepper Sauce Review

The label of Smoky Iguana Chipotle Pepper Sauce features a rare sight: an iguana smoking a cigar — in camouflage, no less. He is climbing onto a rock, apparently leaving the flames of battle behind him, as he smokes his victory cigar. His name is Iggy, of course, and there is a cute little story about his adventures on the side of the bottle. The slogan tells us, “It’s so good, it’s smokin’.” Aside from the implied heat of the flames on the label, this sauce makes no claims of extreme heat. It even describes itself as “Smoky, savory and sort’a hot.” When so many milder sauces seem to feel the need to describe themselves as the hottest stuff on the planet, such honesty is refreshing. I freely give this label 5/5 for its creativity. Continue Reading

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