Chili Peppers: What You Should Know That the Average Mexican Doesn't

Chili peppers are next to corn and beans one of the three most important foods in Mexican cuisine. They are present in nearly every traditional Mexican dish forming part of the national identity. Not surprisingly, one of the first words that may come to mind when you hear Mexican food is ‘spicy’.

While there is some truth to this cliché, Mexican gastronomy spans a very wide spectrum of rich flavors and spices, many of which are not necessarily spicy. Whether you like your food spicy or not at all, you’ll find this article very beneficial to spice up your life as well as your knowledge about chiles in Mexican gastronomy.

Chili peppers show up in up to 90% of Mexican dishes

Chili peppers or chiles as they are called in Mexico show up in up to 90% of Mexican dishes and make their appearance in many different forms. They can be eaten directly, whether raw, stuffed, chopped, pickled, or roasted, or indirectly as a key ingredient to make sauces, marinades, moles, and dressings.

In Mexico alone, we can find