How to Roast Chili Peppers

Roasting really brings out the flavor of chili peppers. For those without gas ranges, try roasting fresh chilies in the broiler.
  1. Using tongs to hold the chili, place it directly in the medium flame of a gas burner; roast, turning as needed, until the chili is evenly blistered and charred.

    Use tongs to place chili directly in the flame when roasting chili peppers for Mexican cooking.
    Use tongs to hold chili
    directly in the flame.
  2. Immediately place the roasted chili into a plastic bag; close the bag. Repeat with the remaining chilies.

  3. Let the roasted chilies stand in the closed plastic bag for 20 minutes. Peel each chili under cold running water, rubbing and pulling off the charred skin.

    Peel chilies under cold running water when preparing hot chilies for Mexican cooking.
    Peel chilies under cold running water.
  4. Slit the chili open lengthwise using scissors or a knife.

    Slit the chili with scissors when roasting chili peppers for Mexican cooking.
    Slit the chili with scissors.
  5. Carefully pull out and discard the seeds and veins. Rinse the chilies well and drain; pat them dry with paper towels.

    Rinse the chilies and drain well when preparing chili peppers for Mexican cooking.
    Rinse well and drain.
To roast fresh chilies in the broiler:
  1. Place the chilies on the foil-lined broiler rack.

  2. Roast chilies 2 to 3 inches from the heat until they are blistered and charred, turning as needed.

  3. Place the roasted chilies in a plastic bag; close the bag.

  4. Repeat steps 3-5 above.

Not sure what to do with dried chili peppers? Try toasting them as described in the next section.

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