Our Crushed Organic Chili Pepper is packed full of flavor and heat, dried and pulverized so that they are easy to use anytime you need to add a layer of spicy-deliciousness. This comes from all-natural chili peppers being packed full of capsaicin—the compound that gives them their heat—making them the perfect way to easily turn up the flavor-fire in your next dish.
Archeological evidence shows that chili peppers have been domesticated for more than 6000 years, and ancient peoples have been using them since 7500 BC. Christopher Columbus first encountered them in the Caribbean, calling them peppers because of their spicy flavor. After bringing them back to Europe, they were cultivated in Spanish and Portuguese monasteries and often used as a substitute for black peppercorns, which had risen dramatically in price.
Chili peppers have high levels of vitamin C and are a good source of many B vitamins. They also contain high amounts of potassium, magnesium and iron, making them a healthy addition to any diet. Capsaicin is known for fighting inflammation and has been shown to be an effective treatment for arthritis, certain types of neuropathy and psoriasis. It is generally used topically for pain relief. Studies have shown that chili peppers are good for heart health and lowering cholesterol. As any aficionado of spicy foods can tell you, chili peppers are also good at clearing mucus from the sinuses or congested lungs.
Use at Home
Our gluten-free crushed chili peppers are probably most famous for their role in Mexican and Mexican inspired dishes, such as salsas, chili con carne, mole poblano, tacos and burritos. Chili peppers are also used in many dishes around the world and can be found in puttanesca, curries, kung pao chicken and many more. Crushed chili peppers are simple to use. They can be added to many recipes, sprinkled on top of food for extra heat (a staple in Italian restaurants), or used in pickling and soups.