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Poblano Chili Peppers

Poblano Chili Pepper Poblano Chili Pepper

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The poblano is an extremely popular chili pepper. 4 inches long, very dark green in color, ripening to dark red or brown.

How do you pronounce poblano? puh-BLAH-noe.

Poblano peppers are mild peppers, quite large and are somewhat heart-shaped. Their skins/walls are very thick, making them perfect for stuffing as they'll hold up in the oven quite nicely. They are typically roasted and peeled when cooking with them, or dried. When dried, they are called ancho chilis.

Poblanos originated in Puebla, Mexico, and one of the most popular peppers grown there. The poblano plant is multi-stemmed and can reach up to 25 inches high. The pods are 3-6 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. Immature poblano peppers are deep purple-green in color, and eventually turn dark red and black as they age. They are closely related to the mulato chili.

Common Uses of Poblano Peppers

In preparation, they are commonly dried, coated and fried, stuffed, or used in mole sauces. Also, they are often roasted and peeled to remove the waxy texture, and preserved by canning or freezing.

History of the Poblano Chili Pepper

Poblano peppers are found natively in the state of Puebla, Mexico. Obviously, the name is derived from the area where they are harvested, though in some supermarkets you will find them labeled as chile anchos. There are two different colors of poblano, red and green, and the red variety is significantly hotter than the green. In the grand scheme of peppers they have a more mild flavor, but are admittedly more hit and miss - some specific poblano plants will produce spicier peppers than others, and when you purchase a poblano, there always is a chance of getting a pepper that has a little more kick than you were originally counting on if you go with the red. The green poblano pepper is universally mild.

Poblano Chili Peppers

The poblano has been one of the most popular peppers in Mexico for years. They are served dried, fried with whipped egg, stuffed, or used in sauces such as mole. They are also popular salsa ingredients. They're also readily available in the United States, particularly in states located near the Mexican border. If you'd like to try a dish that the poblano pepper is famous in, check out chiles en nogada, which incorporates green, white, and red ingredients - it is a dish popular on Mexican Independence Day.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 pepper

Amount per Serving

Calories 17

Calories from Fat 1

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 0.12g


Saturated Fat  0.02g


Monounsaturated Fat  0.01g

Polyunsaturated Fat  0.07g

Cholesterol 0mg


Sodium 1.28mg


Potassium 113.28mg


Total Carbohydrate 4.12g


Dietary Fiber  1.15g


Protein .57g


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Thiamin (B1)


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1 comment

  • Comment Link Shirley June 08, 2017 posted by Shirley

    I made this today. Very Chili Peppers Madness. Friend gave me a lot of assorted peppers, so I am going to be busy. I also added ground habaneros to my peach cobbler jam recipe. Blueberry jalapeño- haberno jam, fantastic. Thank you for your blog

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