Red Chili Peppers Used in Tomatillo Salsa - Chipotle

Red Chili

How do we love our tomatillo red-chili salsa? Let us count the ways. Its primary ingredient is the dried red chili pepper—earthy and floral, fruity and hot, smoky and sweet, it gives our beloved hot salsa its delightfully spicy depth and complexity. (Plus, it lets you look like a hero in front of your friends). 

FACT

Casein beats capsaicin

Most people think it’s the seeds that give spicy peppers their heat, but the hottest point of the pepper is actually where the seed attaches to the pepper's inner white membrane. This part of the fruit has the highest concentration of capsaicin—the thing that makes hot peppers "hot." As it turns out, the best way to neutralize it is with casein, which is the main protein found in, you know this one, milk. So, if your mouth is burning from a particularly hot burrito, you might want to grab yourself a kid's meal (it comes with your choice of milk).