Chile Cheat Sheet

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A Chili Shopping Guide for the Chili Newbie

These Charts are for my reference while shopping, please feel free to bookmark on your mobile device for easy access.

Did I miss a chili? Do you have a favorite? Please post a comment below. This is an never ending project.


The Scoville scale (SHU) is a measurement of the pungency (spiciness or “heat”) of chili peppers.

wikipedia – Scoville scale

Dried Chilies

chili shopping guide

When I was out shopping for dried chili I felt like I needed a chili shopping guide on my mobile device to look up info on chilies available at my local store. I had NO IDEA there were so many! My local grocery only had about 6 of these, and I lucked out and picked a good combo for my recipe BUT but now I am on a chili knowledge quest!

Dried Chilies
Recipes
Relative
Heat
Rating
Scoville Units (SHU)Notes
Where to Find
Aji Amarillo7-830,000 50,000 Rare
Aji Mirasol2.52,500 – 5,000
Aji Panca1.5500 – 1,000
Ancho3-51,000 – 4,000Holy Trinity
California / Anaheim 1 500 – 1500
Cascabel41,500 – 2,500All-Purpose Red
Catarina55,000
Cayynne830,000 – 50,000
Chilhuacle Amarillo44,000 – 8,000
Chihuacle Negro4-52,000
Chilhuacle Rojo31000 – 2000
Chilcostle5Rare
Chiltepin/ Tepin650,000 – 100,000
Chipotle 5-615,000Smoked Chili
Costeno rojo6-73,500 – 5,000
Costeno Amarillo 41,250 – 2,000
De Arbol
Birria Tacos
7.520,000-40,000Popular Heat
Albertson’s JH
Guajillo
Birria Tacos
2-42,000 – 8,000All-Purpose Red
Albertson’s JH
Habanero 10100,000 – 350,000
Hungarian Cherry Pepper 1-3
Chiles Japones
(Chinese or Tianjin Chilies)
7-940,000 ,- 75,000Popular Heat
Mora/ Meco Chipotle63,000 – 10,000Smoked Chili
Morita6.515,000 – 30,000
Mulato2-4500 – 3000Holy Trinity
New Mexico (green) 3-5
New Mexico (red)
Birria Tacos
2-41,000 – 3,500
Albertson’s JH
New Mexico
(NuMex Eclipse)
2-3300 – 500
New Mexico
(NuMex Sunrise)
2-3200 -1000
New Mexico (NuMexSunset)2-3200 – 300
New Mexico Miniatures 2-3
Onza 4-5
Pasado 5
Pasilla / Chile Negro3-51,000 – 4,000Holy Trinity
Pasilla De Oaxaca 6-710,000Smoked Chili
Patzcuraro 5-6
Pepperoncini5
Pequin 8.5100,000 – 140,000Popular Heat
Pico De Pajaro 6-7
Pulla/ Puya65,000 – 8,000All-Purpose Red
Serrano Seco 7.55,000-15,000
Serrano Seco De Yucatan7.55,000 – 15,000
Tepin840,000 – 70,000
Tuxtla 7
The relative heat rating on this chart is a scale of 1 – 10 (Mild to Hot)

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Fresh Chilies

I live in growing zone 4, first and last frost dates are:

  • Average Last Frost: 05/15-6/15
  • Average First Frost: 9/1-9/30

Each June I plant a variety of peppers from starts, not seeds, in my container garden. I noted on my chart which peppers I tried to grow, and how well they did:

  • ☠ Died before growing peppers
  • 🌱 Grew 1 or 2 peppers
  • 🌱🌱 Grew a few peppers
  • 🌱🌱🌱 Grew many peppers
Fresh Chilies
Recipes
Relative
Heat
Rating
Scoville Units (SHU)Notes
Where to Find
Aji AhuachapanRare
Aji CambaRare
Anaheim (green) chile
(C. annuum)
Mesquite Smoked Salsa Verde
2-34,500 – 5,000🌱🌱🌱
Albertson’s JH
Anaheim (red) chili (C. annuum)2-34,500 – 5,000
Bannana Pepper1-2100 – 500🌱🌱🌱
Bell pepper
(green, yellow, orange, red)
00 – 100🌱🌱
Brazilian Malagueta 960,000 – 100,000
Chawa 3-4
Chilaca 3-42,000
De Agua chile (red or green) 4-52,000
Dutch (red)65,000 – 10,000 SHU
Fiesta Fips 6-8
Fresno Red 6.52,500 – 10,000
Guero 4.5 – 6.5
Habanero
Mesquite Smoked Salsa Verde
10200,000 to 300,000🌱
Albertson’s JH
Huachinano 5-6
Hungarian Cherry Pepper 1-3
Hungarian sweet chili 0-1
Hungarian Wax Pepper1,000 – 15,000🌱🌱
Jalapeno (green)
Mesquite Smoked Salsa Verde
5.52,500-5,000🌱🌱🌱
Albertson’s JH
Jalapeno (red) 5.52,500-5,000
Jamaican Hot 9
Korean 6-7
Macho (green) 9 -10
Macho (red) 9-10
Manzana 6-8
Naga jolokia (India)10 +280,000
New Mexico (green) 3-5
New Mexico (red) 3-4
Peruvian (gr, yellow, red) 7-8
Peter Pepper 7.5
Pimento 1
Poblano (green or red)
Roasted Poblano Pepper
3🌱
Personal Favorite
Albertson’s JH
Rocotillo (red, green) 7-8
Santa Fe Grande
Mesquite Smoked Salsa Verde
6Albertson’s JH
Scotch Bonnet 9 – 10100,000 – 350,000
Serrano (red or green)
Mesquite Smoked Salsa Verde
7Albertson’s JH
Sweet Purple pepper 0 -1
Tobasco (yellow, red, orange) 930,000-50,000
Tepin 8
Thai 7-8100,000 – 350,000(Allergic)
The relative heat rating on this chart is a scale of 1 – 10 (Mild to Hot)


Canned & Pickled Chilies

Let us not forget all those other chilies recipes call for, and the canned goodness of homemade concoctions! This list is limited to what is in my pantry, recipe list, suitable substitutions, things I find interesting, and what is requested in the comments.

Canned & Pickled
Recipes
Relative
Heat
Rating
Scoville Units
(SHU)
Notes
Where to Find
Chipotle in Adobo sauce
Chipolte Scalloped Sweet
Potatoes
5 – 72,500 – 8,000Pantry Staple
The relative heat rating on this chart is a scale of 1 – 10 (Mild to Hot)


Chili Sauces

As long as we covered all the others, might as well make a space for sauces. This list is also limited to what is in my pantry, recipe list, suitable substitutions, things I find interesting, and what is requested in the comments.

Chili Sauces
Recipes
Relative
Heat
Rating
Scoville Units
(SHU)
Notes
Where to Find
Mesquite Smoked Salsa VerdeHomemade
Mrs Sharps
Tabasco
The relative heat rating on this chart is a scale of 1 – 10 (Mild to Hot)

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Scoville Heat Units

These sites were helpful in my research:



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