Have you ever heard of chilaca (pronounced chee-lah-ka) chilies? They are a long green peppers, with a mildish to medium heat, that come from Mexico. This uniquely flavoured chile is perfect for so many traditional Mexican recipes, but also for using in any World cuisine when you want to add a little bit of heat.
Chilaca pepper is available both fresh and in dried pods. If you have the opportunity to taste it raw you should definitely do so. A great way to try out this chile for the first time, or even if you’re quite familiar with it, is in salsa.
If you’d like to know all about chilaca chiles then please head over to my Spicy Food column and read the following article, What Are Chilaca Chiles. Afterwards you can get the recipe for thes vibrant green salsa you see pictured here, Green Salsa Made with Chilaca Peppers.
If you have any of that salsa leftover you can use it to make a scrumptious chicken stew. The recipe is so easy that you’ll want to make it over and over again. The stew recipe is also perfect for your slow-cooker. Again you’ll find the recipe on my column, Chicken Stewed in Tomatillo-Chilaca Salsa and Served with Turmeric-Oregano Rice
Enjoy and have a beautiful weekend — stay warm too!