Organic Anaheim Chiles

Organic Anaheim Chiles
Organic Anaheim Chiles
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Anaheim Chiles, also called Anaheim Peppers, California Chile Peppers, Chile Pasado, or Chile Seco del Norte, are scientifically classified as Capsicum annuum and they are grown in California. These chiles are deeper in color than their cousins the New Mexico Chile, and it is a milder variety of an original Hatch New Mexico chile, the New Mexico No. 9. Anaheim chiles are mostly sold fresh, but they are available dry, ground, and roasted as well. When you see "green chiles" in a can at a grocery store, you are likely looking at a can of Anaheim chiles packaged in sauce. There are approximately 4 dried chiles in an ounce.



History of Anaheim Chiles

Emilio Ortega was one of 13 children, born in California in the 19th century. His fascination with chiles started up later in life when he moved to New Mexico and was introduced to the state's famous chiles. He preferred the flavor of green chiles before they were fully mature and quickly made it a point to start collecting chile seeds from his favorites. When he returned to California in 1896, he brought with him his love of chiles as well as the seeds of the chiles he had loved in New Mexico. In Ventura, he planted his seeds and the chiles thrived. Soon, he had so many chiles that he was just giving them away because he couldn't eat them fast enough. His chiles soon took on a life of their own. Originally the New Mexico No. 9 chiles, the locals began calling Ortega's chiles Anaheim chiles after their popularity surged in Anaheim, California.

Ortega figured out that the chiles could be preserved in glass jars for some time after they had been roasted, peeled, seeded, and washed. He also found that cans worked just as well, and in 1898 he launched the Ortega Chile Packaging Company with the intention of preserving his favorite chiles for the masses. This was the first commercial food operation to come from the state of California. Later, his company was simply called "Ortega" and today they continue to thrive in chile sales, as well as the sales of other notably Hispanic food ingredients.

Since the chiles were originally indigenous to New Mexico, they are often mistaken for New Mexico Chiles. However, because of soil and climate differences, Anaheim chiles have a different flavor and coloring than the New Mexico chiles. This is similar to how the same style of grapes grown in different parts of the world will produce different flavors- something known as terroir in the food world.


Organic Anaheim Chile Cultivation


Much like other chiles, Organic Anaheim Chiles need a lot of water and constant sunshine. They will grow to be about 5 to 8 inches long and about 2 inches wide. They start off as a beautiful greenish yellow color and then ripen to yellowish orange and finally they turn a beautiful, deep red color. They grow from seedlings and are planted once the temperature at night is consistently above 55° F and the daytime temperature is consistently around 65° to 70° F. It only takes the chile plant 75 to 80 days to produce mature chiles.


Where is it from?


Our Organic Anaheim Chiles are grown in the United States.


How Hot are Organic Anaheim Chiles?


Organic Anaheim Chiles are very mild, with a heat rating range of 900-1200 SHU.


Cooking with Organic Anaheim Chiles


The Anaheim chiles is perfect for canning so it is a popular fresh market chile, but it is also a popular chile powder. Its mild, sweet flavor with only a tiny amount of heat is perfect for chile lovers of all kinds. Those who don't typically like chiles tend to enjoy the Anaheim as well, since it is so mild and pleasant tasting. This is the most common chile used in making chile rellenos. They are great in breakfast burritos, on eggs, in soups, stews, vegetable dishes, and when paired with a red sauce for use in enchiladas or in tamales.

Organic Anaheim Chiles are great when paired with cheeses of all types, pork, poultry, corn, tomatoes, and black beans. They can be rehydrated and used to make mildly spicy mozzarella sticks or onion rings, simply incorporate the rehydrated chile into your frying batter. When used with spices, these chiles pair nicely with both cumin and coriander.

If you are using them dry, we recommend dry roasting the chiles in a hot skillet for a few moments before use to release a nuanced smoky flavor. To dry roast the chiles, simply put them into a hot skillet and wait for them to become fragrant; this takes anywhere from four to five minutes. Be careful not to burn the chiles as they will become rather bitter in flavor.

We love to use our Organic Anaheim chiles in recipes like Green Chile Stew, Aloo Paratha, and Hatch Chili.


How Do I Rehydrate Chiles?


To rehydrate chiles, simply place the chiles in a small bowl and cover them in hot water for about 20 to 30 minutes. The water should be hot but not boiling. Don't let them sit for longer than that as their flavor will lose integrity. You can roast the chiles before rehydrating them in a skillet for a few minutes for more intense flavor. You can remove seeds and inner membranes either before or after the chiles have been rehydrated, if you desire a chile that is less spicy as all the capsaicin and thus the heat of the chile resides entirely in the inner membrane and seeds.


What do Organic Anaheim Chiles Taste Like?


Our Organic Anaheim Chiles have a mild heat and a somewhat sweet flavor.


Substitutions and Conversions


For a substitute chile that is similar in heat level, try Nora chiles. If you are looking for a closer flavor match, New Mexico Chiles or Guajillo Chiles are your closest options!


Read More

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 chile, 5g

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g1%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.6g1%

Dietary Fiber1.1g4%

Total Sugars0.5g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

5 out of 5
5 total ratings.

Mark S. (Verified buyer) 01/13/2021
Great Quality Fresh Dried Chiles I have used these on several occasions already. They are very fresh tasting and add a delicious taste to my recipes. I will purchase again as service was fast, packaging is professional and there is no doubt that the products are as described. I would recommend Spices Inc. to anyone. Please carry more USDA Organic variants and I will buy more!

Jacques H. (Verified buyer) 12/05/2020
first time customer Very nice product and i am sure will be back to reorder or try other pepper

Tim C. (Verified buyer) 09/05/2020
Chiles and more! It has been a challenge to locate Organic dried chiles at any grocery store locally any longer to make my own salsa and hot sauce. At least until I found Spices, Inc! I not only purchased 3 different chiles but also organic cilantro, and organic ginger. I also purchased organic brown mustard and organic ground yellow mustard to make my own mustard (which BTW is nothing short of AWESOME). Fast shipping and reasonable prices for organic spices.

nick d. (Verified buyer) 08/19/2020
Ok Ok

Nadia H. (Verified buyer) 03/31/2020
Perfect for harissa Excellent quality. I used a combination of these and the organic New Mexico chiles for homemade moderately spicy harissa, here is my recipe: