How to Cook Chili Peppers

How to Toast Dried Chili Peppers

Toast dried chilies for a unique flavor.
  1. Heat an ungreased griddle or heavy skillet over medium heat; place the chili peppers on the griddle in a single layer.

  2. Cook the chilies 1 to 3 minutes until the color changes slightly (but do not burn) and the chilies become fragrant (but not to the point of emitting a harsh aroma), pressing them down with a spatula and turning over occasionally.

    Press chilies down with a spatula when toasting dried chilies for Mexican cooking.
    Keep a spatula handy
    when cooking the chilies.
  3. If you are toasting a large number of dried chilies, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven for 3 to 5 minutes until the chilies are hot to the touch and fragrant.

  4. When the chilies are cool enough to handle, but still pliable, cut each one open lengthwise with scissors; carefully pull out the seeds and the veins.

  5. Only if the recipe specifies, rinse and rub chilies under cold running water.

Is your mouth burning up from just the thought of all these hot peppers? Start cooking up some chili peppers for a real spicy treat.

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