chili relleno. One of the most common chile's used in American cooking is the jalapeno. Jalapeno's give off more heat than the Anaheim and poblano, but offer a more distinct flavor. They are available pickled which is how I enjoy them (yep, right out of the jar!). When smoked, jalapenos become chipotle pepper. The serrano resembles the jalapeno in shape and color, but are smaller in size. They are about 2-4 inches long, but offer more heat than the previous chiles. They offer a more intense bite than the jalapeno as well. You can help tame the heat while keeping the flavor by using it with mild ingredients or in sauces, such as a cilantro serrano cream sauce. Another favorite of mine is the habanero. The habanero is a very hot pepper whose heat can be balanced by other ingredients, my favorite, mango! I have a love addiction to mango habanero salsa (yum!). Whatever chile you decide to use, make sure you know the flavor and intensity of the heat before you bite into it! Happy cooking!