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20 September 2013

Scoville Heat Units: 500 – 700 SHU

Also known as the yellow hot chile and the guero chile. Approximately 5 inches long and ripen from greenish-yellow, to orange-yellow to red. The flavor ranges from mild to moderate, although some can be hot, but not compared to something more traditional like the jalapeno pepper.

It is also known by name as yellow hot chili pepper and the guero chili pepper.

The peppers start as a pale yellow color before maturing to a bright orange or to a fiery red about 75 days after transplanting. They are somewhat sweet to the taste and great for pickling.

Santa Fe Grande is of the Capsicum annuum family, produced in the southwest. The peppers grow upright on 24″ plants and have a mild pungency. The plants typically produce 20-50 chili peppers.

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  1. 5 stars
    I should be rating this on your garlic-hab sauce page, but that’s what I adapted for the gueros. Never used these guys in a recipe before. A real earthy taste and sweet. The arbols gave it balance. And the garlic…oh my. Brilliant yellow/gold hue. I just slathered over my havarti omelette. Thank you.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Awesome, Brent! Glad you enjoyed it! Great use of peppers. Feel free to leave a review on the page if you’d like. Have a good one!

  2. Milke I bought a discount bag (1lb or more?) from my produce section today. What salsa or hot sauce can I make with this? I know these are mild so I want arbols or serranos to do the spicy part while preserving that nice yellow sauce look.
    Your thoughts? In the meantime I’m going to comb thru your hot sauce recipes and see what I can adapt.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Hey, Brent. Man, this is hard because really you can make just about ANY of my sauce or salsa recipes with Santa Fe Grande peppers. As they are sweeter, yes, you can add in a hotter element. But so many milder/sweet sauces are so good! Dealer’s choice here! Let me know what you wind up settling on. Happy to help adapt.

  3. I have a SFG plant with the first round of peppers coming in. Do you have a good pickling recipe for the fridge? I’d like to pickle my peppers to use in sandwiches.


    Where can I buy plants online

    REPLY: Mark, see our RESOURCES link atthe top of the site/page. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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