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Hot vs. Mild Chiles - how to tell?

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Hot vs. Mild Chiles - how to tell?

acesveryhigh | Sep 11, 2011 02:54 PM

I have a recipe that calls for roasted green chiles, but doesn't specify what kind. Since I can't handle super spicy food, I asked the produce guy at Whole Foods to recommend a mild green chile...he said that a batch of "mild" hatch chiles just came in. Once roasted, they were probably THE hottest thing I've ever eaten...and that's no joke. I've eaten habaneros and ghost peppers but I guess I just didn't expect such a punch from these hatch chiles.

When I'm in a store, is there something that I'm looking for to distinguish between a hot chile and a mild chile? My local Whole Foods carries Anaheim, serrano, jalapeno, and hatch chiles. Are any of those mild?

What are the names of some mild green chiles, if none of the above fit the bill?

I want to be able to give some of this dish to my kids...so it CANNOT be super spicy. Please help.

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