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The Many Faces of Peppers in Authentic Mexican Cuisine

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Peppers are a staple ingredient in authentic Mexican cuisine, and there are many different varieties to choose from. We always have an assortment of dried and canned peppers in stock to choose from to add some heat to your menu. Learn more about these peppers to spice up your menu offerings.

  • Jalapeño: This is a medium-hot pepper with a bright, fruity flavor. It is often used in salsas, pico de gallo, and pickled vegetables.
  • Serrano: This is a hotter pepper than the jalapeño, with a more intense flavor. It is often used in guacamole, fajitas, and other cooked dishes.
  • Chipotle: This pepper is smoked and dried jalapeño, and it has a deep, smoky flavor. It is often used in sauces, stews, and marinades.
  • Anaheim: This is a mild pepper with a slightly sweet flavor. It is often used in stuffings, grilled vegetables, and quesadillas.
  • Pasilla: This is a dark, flavorful pepper with a medium heat level. It is often used in mole sauces and chili.

When choosing peppers for your menu, it’s important to consider the heat level and flavor profile of each pepper. You’ll also want to think about the dishes you’ll be serving. For example, if you’re serving a dish that is already spicy, you may want to choose a milder pepper.

With these peppers in mind, here are a few ideas for authentic Mexican menu items that feature peppers:

  • Tacos al pastor: These tacos are made with grilled pork that is marinated in a blend of spices, including chili peppers.
  • Chiles en nogada: This dish is made with poblano peppers that are stuffed with a mixture of meat, fruits, and nuts, and then covered in a walnut sauce.
  • Enchiladas: These rolled tortillas are filled with a variety of ingredients, such as chicken, beef, or cheese, and then covered in a chili sauce.
  • Mole poblano: This is a rich, flavorful sauce made with chili peppers, spices, and chocolate. It is often served over chicken or turkey.
  • Quesadillas: These are tortillas that are filled with cheese and then cooked on a griddle. They can be topped with a variety of ingredients, such as peppers, onions, and salsa.

With so many different varieties to choose from, there’s sure to be a pepper that’s perfect for your dishes. Visit the Gordo’s Foodservice online product catalog on our website to add these peppers to your menu. 

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