Deciding what to do with Anaheim peppers is a fairly common question around here. If you love Anaheim chiles, try some of these delicious recipes.
Anaheim peppers are easy to grow in the heat of the southern part of the US. We frequently have an abundance to harvest at the end of the gardening season.
Imagine a chile pepper that’s longer and flatter than a jalapeno. Although the jalapeno is the most popular chile pepper in the US, I think the Anaheim should be right up there in the top 5.
Are Anaheim Chile Peppers hot?
Anaheim chile peppers are only about 500 to 1000 Scoville heat units. They’re barely more spicy than a Bell pepper.
To be honest, I don’t think they’re spicy at all. They have a fresh and “green” taste. I’ve had them in lettuce salad and pasta salad many times.
If you want, you can use them anywhere you would ordinarily use a Bell pepper, whether raw or cooked.
Finding what to do with Anaheim peppers is easy when you simply say “anything”!
What’s the difference between Hatch chile and Anaheim chile?
These two are basically the same pepper. The only difference is where they are grown. Sounds crazy, right?
Hatch chile peppers are grown in Hatch, New Mexico. They are typically a lot more spicy than Anaheim but not always.
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What’s the difference? The Hatch chile is grown in a different climate and heat than Anaheim. They have the same taste, but they’re different when it comes to spicy heat.
Hatch green chiles are trademarked as well. Even if you get some seeds and grow them yourself, they’re still not going to be the same. They need that combination of soil, climate and heat to be Hatch.
Hatch chiles are so important to the culture of the Hatch Valley in New Mexico that there’s a yearly Hatch Chile Festival.
What Recipes to Make with Anaheim Peppers
Here are some of my favorite recipes using Anaheim chile peppers. Because Hatch chiles are nearly identical, they can be easily substituted. The resulting recipe will be more spicy, so be sure to have plenty of milk and crema on hand, just in case.
Sauces and Sides for Anaheim Peppers
Soups with Anaheim Chiles
Soups are popular all year ’round in a lot of households. Don’t limit yourself only to the winter months.
Main Dish Entrées
The next time you have an abundance of Anaheim peppers, you’ll be prepared!