A. There are over 100 varieties of chili peppers in Mexico alone, each with its own distinct flavor. In general, the smaller the chili, the hotter the taste -- although this is not a guarantee.
Here are a few of the most common types of chili peppers:
- Anaheim peppers: light green, 4 to 6 in. long and 11/2 in. wide, mild with a slight bite
- Jalapeño peppers: small and dark green, 2 to 3 in. long and 3/4 in. wide, hot to very hot
- Poblano peppers: very dark green, large and triangular-shaped, 31/2 to 5 in. long, mild to quite hot
- Serrano peppers: very small, medium-green or red, very hot