The Hispanic supermarkets in Texas sell an amazing variety of chillis. To a palate which is used to the taste of chilli each of these varieties has a subtly different taste. I suppose if you have been used to say Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, then a cup of instant would taste different.
Each different chilli variety has a unique flavour and a different heat. These New Mexico chillis are some of the hottest.
|Yet there are so many varieties to the trained palate. The heat of a chilli is measured on the Scoville Scale.|
|Dried Ancho chillis look like chocolate, yet they have a distinctive smokey flavour all of their own.|
Many recipes for authentic Texan or TexMex chilli specify which variety of chilli you use in the recipe.
So next time Jamie Oliver asks you to put 'one chilli' into a recipe, you are entitled to ask whether that would be a Guajillo chilli? New Mexico Chilli? Poblano Chilli? Ancho, Chipotle, Morita, Jalapeno, Cascavel, Pasilla or Pequin Chilli!