For New Mexico when we say green chili we generally mean Anaheim chilies. Nothing compares to the smell of September when the roasters are going and full of green chili. The aroma is intoxicating it’s hard not to fall in love with these wonderful peppers. New Mexicans love green chili and use it in just about everything. These however aren’t the only chilies that can be delicious in anything. There is so much that can be done with bell peppers, they can be roasted just like Anaheim peppers without the heat. Some may find that they love the heat but can’t get Anaheim peppers; jalapeño peppers can be roasted too and have the same wonderful heat. Did you know that peppers don’t just add a kick to your food? They can also provide many health benefits that many people are unaware of.
Green chili can help with weight loss! It stimulates the body to burn fat faster by oxidizing it which speeds up the metabolism. Green chili has no cholesterol, is low in calories and free from refined carbohydrates. This is wonderful news for everyone who uses it regularly. Green chili is mostly used with food that uses a lot of fat filled things but it can also be used to add a little kick to salads and soups that have more vegetables. Green chili helps remove toxins from the body and is a great source of dietary fiber which is good news for those who have trouble keeping things moving. Not only does green chili help with digestive issues it also can help with:
• Delay aging, wrinkle free skin
• Repairs bone helps keep them strong
• Prevents lung problems cold
• Immune system
It is so full of vitamins and nutrients that it can help with eye problems too. Vitamin A helps with eye pain in all ages. Be careful with green chili; don’t get the chili in contact with your eye. It burns! It’s also not recommended to eat nothing but green chili. Sometimes what burns on the way in can also burn on the way out.
“One time my husband and I were processing green chile; that is removing the skins and seeds. When processing green chile, most people wear gloves because any skin that comes in contact with raw chile becomes enflamed. My husband decided he didn’t need to wear gloves. At some point during the process my husband needed to go to the restroom. He got up and went. When he returned, I asked him if he had remembered to wash his hands before he went in there. He replied “oh good, I thought something was wrong with me.”
K. A. Utah
Enjoy and eat responsibly!