Chilis 🌶 Peppers
I am going to show you how to make chili flakes at home that are so flavorful and delicious, you will want to put them on everything from salads and soups, tacos, and sauces to fruit and even ice cream! No need to keep buying flavorless, overpriced, prepackaged flakes from the store. You can make just small amounts as needed, or blend up a big batch and share some with friends and neighbors.
So basically, I just went to my regular neighborhood grocery store and visited the aisle where they keep the Hispanic foods. They had several different types of whole dried chilis, and they were less than a dollar per package, so I got 4 different varieties of chilis to add to my blend, but you can use whichever ones they have or that you like.
It is totally up to you whether or not you want to keep the seeds or not. That's just personal preference, and since I like heat and texture, I definitely wanted to keep them.
After removing the stems, be sure to tear the chilis into smaller pieces for easier blending. If you do not, what will happen is that you will have turned some of the chilis into powder while you still have whole chunks still yet to be blended. So give it a head start by downsizing the pieces first, and then pulse until you have them down to the texture of your preference. You can dress up your flakes with garlic powder and sea salt for a custom blend, or leave them as is.
To make chili oil, fill a glass jar 2/3 with your fresh chili flakes and fresh chopped garlic (I used 2 garlic cloves to 1 cup chilis) Heat your oil - I use grapeseed, peanut, or olive - and while still blistering hot, pour over the flakes and garlic, give it a stir, and let it cool. That's it! For a less potent oil, just use a larger ratio of oil to seasonings.
I wanted to test out the chili flakes in their natural state to see how much heat they were packing, so I grabbed a few basic ingredients from the fridge to make some fresh veggie-stuffed bell peppers.
The beautiful thing about bell peppers, other than that they are juicy and delicious, is that they are the perfect shape and sturdiness to hold all the ingredients you can think up. Just throw whatever you like into them and enjoy! My list of ingredients that I had on hand at the moment were:
- Red Bell Peppers
- Tofutti Brand Cream Cheese (Vegan)
- Living Lettuce
- Roasted Black Sesame Seeds
- Chili Flakes
Just assemble and enjoy! Stuffed peppers make awesome picnic food, and don't forget about the mini peppers...great finger food for picnics and parties. Stuff them with guacamole or hummus and cucumbers for a super simple, healthy snack.
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